Small Islands, Big Ambitions for Better Land, Water and Biodiversity Management - GEF IWEco begins (UNEP CEP Jamaica)
Over 60 representatives from participating countries, partners, and implementing and executing agencies of the Integrating Water, Land and Ecosystem Management in Caribbean Small Island Developing States (GEF IWEco) Project, convened for the Project Inception Workshop from 20th – 21st September 2016 in Kingston, Jamaica. This project is being financed to the tune of almost USD 21 million by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).
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GEF IWEco is a new regional, 5-year, initiative to promote a more integrated approach to water, land and ecosystems services management in Caribbean SIDS. It is a multifocal project that will implement activities under four GEF Focal Areas: International Waters, Land Degradation, Biodiversity, and Sustainable Forest Management. This wide approach is based upon an assessment of the threats and barriers within natural resources management which was carried out in consultation with national and regional stakeholders. The project is being co-implemented by UN Environment (UNEP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and co-executed by UNEP’s Caribbean Environment Programme (CEP), the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP).

IWEco’s primary goal is the implementation of an integrated approach to water, land and ecosystems services management. This will be supported by policy, institutional and legislative reforms, and implementation of effective appropriate technologies and community-based solutions. The project will assist Caribbean SIDS in meeting their global targets on safe and reliable water supplies and improved sanitation, and contribute to improved ecosystem functioning in the Caribbean.

Eleven Caribbean countries are participating: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, The Bahamas, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago. Eight national sub-projects will replicate and upscale innovative solutions for water, land and biodiversity/ecosystems management, including sustainable forest management. In addition, GEF Small Grants Programme (GEF-SGP) will contribute to the development of community-based livelihood initiatives around the main national interventions of the Project with a total of two million dollars.

The GEF IWEco project falls within the scope of the Convention for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment in the Wider Caribbean Region (Cartagena Convention) and its Protocols concerning Pollution from Land-based Sources and Activities (LBS) and Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife (SPAW). The Kingston based Secretariat for the Cartagena Convention and its Protocols (UNEP CEP) will host the IWEco Project Coordinating Unit.

For more information about the project, please see: http://cep.unep.org/gef-iweco-1/gef-iweco

For documentation and inception workshop presentations, please see:
http://cep.unep.org/meetings/2016-meetings/gef-iweco-workshop/downloads
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