OP5 Global Project Objectives


1.  Multi-stakeholder, participatory conservation activities in protected area management, prioritizing steppe, alpine, marine and cave ecosystems.

2.  Conservation made by communities living in and near protected areas and ecological corridors.

3.  Working with local communities[1] on sustainable livelihood strategies and practices in key biodiversity areas[2] where a formal protected area system is not yet established.

4.  Participatory conservation of marine, steppe, alpine and aquatic etc. ecosystems and/or sustainable use practices (reed harvesting, nature-friendly agriculture and animal husbandry, aquaculture, timber and non-timber forest products etc.)

5.  Participatory conservation activities towards globally endangered and priority species[3]

6.  Sustainable use of PAs, CCAs, key biodiversity areas, seascapes and landscapes through participatory activities of local communities such as ecotourism.

7.  Activities incorporating biodiversity conservation and sustainable use approach into environmental standards and contributing to development of nature-friendly products and markets.

8.  Development, demonstration and transfer of low-carbon, renewable energy (geothermal, wind, solar, biomass, biofuel, water etc.) technologies (products, services and processes) at the local level.

9.  Climate-friendly practices using traditional knowledge and approaches at the local level.

10. Public-private-NGOs partnerships for climate and nature-friendly activities decreasing energy expectancy and promoting energy efficiency in areas of public use at the local level.

11. Awareness raising on energy efficiency and energy performance regulations, standard Improving water governance mechanisms at the local level considering environmental impacts. Capacity building on reduction of the use of POPs (Persistent Organic Pollutants) as per the Convention and the mitigation of effects from residual use and storage s, codes, incentives and products as well as best practices.

12. Development of non-motorized transport facilities through partnerships between NGOs and/or municipalities;

13. Innovative approaches for low-carbon transport alternatives and approaches facilitating sustainable cities[4] through partnership with local authorities.

14. Strengthen climate resilience of local communities through the conservation, restoration, improvement and management of carbon sequestering ecosystems (forests peat lands etc.)

15. Decrease land use changes and land degradation threatening carbon sequestering ecosystems.

16. Activities incorporating climate change and land use into participatory planning and management processes of carbon sequestering ecosystems

17. Maintenance, improvement and dissemination of sustainable fishing, forestry, good agriculture etc. and agro and forest ecosystem services.

18. Maintaining and supporting agricultural biodiversity through conservation of landraces, local varieties of agricultural products, genetic diversity of crops, livestock, tree species, fish and other species of commercial interest etc

19. Registration of genetic resources and capacity development on benefits arising from their commercial and other utilization shared in a fair and equitable way.

20. Supporting initiatives for biodiversity-friendly and traditional rangeland and land use in voluntary labeling systems. In GEF SGP focal areas; promotion and dissemination of best practices on protected area management, sustainable land use management, increasing climate resilience, maintenance of ecosystem services etc.

21. Supporting effective participation of local communities, NGOs and local people in land use planning, decision making and monitoring processes.

22. Supporting practices[5] towards reducing destructive effects of soil erosion, deforestation, unsustainable agriculture and over-grazing etc on land use and biodiversity at the local level.   

23. Improving water governance mechanisms at the local level considering environmental impacts.

24. Capacity building on reduction of the use of POPs (Persistent Organic Pollutants) as per the Convention and the mitigation of effects from residual use and storage

25. Capacity building on addressing the effects of POPs on human health and environment.

26. In GEF SGP focal areas; promotion and dissemination of best practices on protected area management, sustainable land use management, increasing climate resilience, maintenance of ecosystem services etc.

27. In GEF SGP focal areas; supporting the establishment of thematic communication and collaboration networks among NGOs, unions, local producers, scientific communities and governmental/public institutions.

28. Strengthen the knowledge and capacity of local communities on GEF focal areas, guidelines and monitoring and evaluation tools via thematic trainings. 

Each project proposal can also;

-   Support pro-women initiatives in GEF SGP focal areas.

-   Support effective participation of and collaboration within public institutions, private sector, local and national NGOs and local communities

-   Include supportive mechanisms for effective participation of disadvantaged groups; disabled, children, elder, poor, women etc

-   Comprise mechanisms of gender mainstreaming

-   Developed in corporation and partnership with organizations working on gender mainstreaming, poverty reduction, children’s rights, disability rights, elder rights, animal rights and rights of other disadvantaged groups.

-   Consider UN International Years if related with the GEF SGP focal areas.

-   Support improvement of livelihoods via considering economic and social welfare.

-   Build and reinforce volunteers and volunteering partnerships

 

[1] In the SGP’s Country Strategy Document, the “local community” refers to “local people”.

[2] Important Bird Areas, Key Biodiversity Areas, Important Plant Areas, Important Butterfly Areas etc.

[3] Globally endangered species, IUCN Red Lists, Bern Convention Annexes, Birds and Habitats Directive Annexes, CITES Convention lists etc.

[4] Non-motorized, low carbon urban systems, energy efficient services, high proportion of public transportation etc.

[5] Biological pest control, sustainable and effective forest management, grazing management, fertilizer management, effective and low carbon emission irrigation systems, use of renewable energy etc.