Key Resources

A Practitioners' Guide to Establishing a Community-Based Adaptation Programme

Developed for local and national-lelvel practititioners interested in community-based adaptation (CBA) to climate change, this guide presents the lessons and practices from the gloal pilot project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) under the Strategic Priority on Adaptation (SPA) window and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) mechanism.   The guide resembles a \'cookbook\' for conducting the CBA processes in project development and implementation. To illustrate the processes and priniciples, the guide provides practical examples of how CBA can be accomplished in real project situations by drawing on the field experiences of the SPA CBA project, which was implemented in 10 countries in varying geographic areas with communities of different cultural backgrounds and norms.

Making Waves: Community Solutions, Sustainable Oceans

“The struggle of poor and vulnerable communities against poverty, biodiversity depletion, environmental degradation, climate change devastation and poor governance may be slow and protracted, but their local solutions and innovations guarantee the future of the present and the next generation [...] Additional resource allocation and support to the global movement of local and indigenous land and sea managers is needed from the international community to consolidate local community achievements, and initiate and sustain more local actions together to address global challenges with scaled-up solutions and innovations.\" – Leonardo Rosario, Trowel Development Foundation

Sea, my life

Sea, my life: a voyage to UNDP-supported marine protected areas around the world\" that features case studies of GEF financed projects.Our work in supporting communities in the protection of marine and coastal areas is featured in two chapters: \"The people\'s reef, Community stewardship of marine heritage in Belize\" that highlights our work in the Belize Reef Barrier.The other one is the \"The Ripple Effect: Partnerships for marine conservation in Turkey\" showcasing our work in the establishment of the first \"no fishing zones in Turkey.

Community - based Chemicals and Waste Management

The proliferation of harmful chemicals is a growing concern for human health and well-being and the global environment.

During its 6th replenishment period (July 2014 to June 2018; GEF-6), GEF continues to play a catalytic role in leveraging budgetary resources to support elimination and reduction of harmful chemicals and waste.

The GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) is the special window of the GEF providing financial and technical support to communities and civil society organizations for addressing global environmental challenges, while also promoting poverty reduction and sustainable development. In the chemicals and waste focal area, SGP focuses its support to communities at the forefront of chemical threats either as users or consumers, including women and indigenous peoples.

As of April 2017, SGP has supported 565 projects with an investment of more than $16 million in GEF grant funding, leveraging more than $18 million in co-financing from multiple sources. SGP’s chemicals and waste portfolio has focused on:  solid waste management to avoid open burning of waste;  pesticide management in agriculture and organic farming; • reduction of chemicals usage and contamination (such as PCB) in small-scale businesses;   capacity development, awareness raising and knowledge sharing.

Community action to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets - the COMDEKS programme

This booklet highlights COMDEKS contributions to achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, as well as the critical role that local communities play in ecosystem protection and biodiversity conservation.
The publication contains two parts:
Part 1 introduces COMDEKS and its community-based landscape approach for conserving ecosystems and biodiversity and promoting sustainable livelihoods. It outlines the rationale for why community action is vital to conserving biodiversity in rural landscapes outside of Protected Areas.
Part 2 portrays how COMDEKS has contributed to achieving all five of the Strategic Goals of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and many of the individual Aichi Biodiversity Targets, showcasing a variety of best practices and results from supported projects.

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