FAO et FEM

Un partenariat au service de l’agriculture durable et de l’environnement

FAO at the 58th GEF Council

The June 2020 Work Program approved by the GEF Council contains one of the largest share of resources programmed to FAO in its 18-year partnership with the GEF, highlighting the central role of agriculture plays in safeguarding the environment and FAO’s proven expertise in supporting governments and communities to accelerate sustainable and productive agricultural transformation. A total of USD 176 million from the GEF Trust Fund and the Least Developed Countries Fund was programmed to 24 FAO-led projects across five continents under GEF-7. These projects cut across FAO’s broad range of work and act as a vehicle for cross-sectoral efforts to unlock the potential of food supply chains through the sustainable use of natural resources and climate-smart practices.

Food Systems, Land Use and Restoration Impact Program (FOLUR)

FAO expanded geographical reach of the FOLUR Impact Program with four projects in Uzbekistan, Kenya, Guinea, and Nicaragua, totalling USD 29.4 million. The Impact Program is now a USD 335 million program, focusing on promoting sustainable, integrated landscapes and efficient food value and supply chains at scale across eight commodities in 27 countries in five continents. 

Country child projects

Country child projects

 

 

Country

Project description

Kenya

Kenya will address the drivers of encroachment on natural ecosystems, loss of biodiversity and reduced ecosystem services caused by unsustainable production systems and value chains, chiefly of coffee and maize. The project will build a foundation for an integrated, sustainable agricultural production system with multiple socioeconomic and broader benefits. It has a transnational link to the work proposed by the FOLUR project in Uganda.

GEF grant: USD 6 000 000

Read more in the PFD.

Guinea

Guinea’s project aims to take on the deforestation and land degradation threats linked to the production of staple crops and export commodities, including palm oil, that are impacting the country’s soil fertility and biodiversity. It is one of the few in the FOLUR IP that focuses on a “frontier” landscape where opportunity exists to pre-empt expansion and get ahead of commercial commodity-driven forest loss.

GEF grant: USD 10 680 000 

Read more in the PFD.

Nicaragua

The project targets 3 regions most suitable for expansion of cocoa production, including conservation areas and connectivity zones of the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor which has endemic and endangered species, high carbon stocks, and high potential for avoidance of GHG emissions. The project will promote innovative approaches, including packages of economic incentives such as trust funds and improved access to markets and green investment funds, aiming to transition to more intensive and sustainable production systems, genetic improvements, and lower emissions. 

GEF grant: USD 6 000 000

Read more in PFD

Uzbekistan

The project will engage with private investors in several key wheat clusters on adoption of agricultural and environmental reforms. It will directly benefit small farmers and will engage both public and private stakeholders to address underlying drivers of unsustainable production including, scaling up green value chains and smart farming practices, and leading to significantly reduced environmental impacts. Uzbekistan’s participation in the FOLUR IP presents a strategic opportunity to harness the government’s drive toward a market-oriented economy for wheat, along with a strategic engagement with the Kazakhstan FOLUR country project.

GEF grant: USD 6 750 000

Read more in PFD

 

 


Common Oceans ABNJ Program

The new Common Oceans program of almost USD 27 million is the largest FAO proposal approved during the 58th GEF council meeting. The program builds on a successful first phase (2014-2019) and will promote more comprehensive processes and integrated approaches to the sustainable use and management of marine biodiversity in the Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ). Visit the program website to know more.

More information about the program

More information about the program

Expected impact: The program will result in improved management of 12 million hectares of marine protected areas and move 943 000 tons of globally over-exploited fisheries to more sustainable levels. Funded under the International Waters focal area of the GEF, the FAO-led program will be implemented in co-ordination with UNEP and UNDP. The program contains five projects, three of which will be led and implemented by FAO. 

Project name

Description

Global Coordination Project for the Common Oceans ABNJ Program

The GCP will maximize the effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of GEF-7 investments in the Common Oceans ABNJ program. 

GEF grant: USD 3 109 000; Co-financing: USD 6 400 000

Led by FAO in co-ordination with UNEP and UNDP

Sustainable management of tuna fisheries and biodiversity conservation in the areas beyond national jurisdiction

The project aims to achieve responsible, efficient and sustainable tuna harvests and biodiversity conservation in the ABNJ in face of a changing environment.

GEF grant: USD 15 999 020; Co-financing: USD 146 780 000

Implemented by FAO

Deep-sea Fisheries under the Ecosystem Approach (DSF project)

The project will ensure that DSF in the ABNJ are managed under an ecosystem approach that maintains demersal fish stocks at levels capable of maximizing their sustainable yields and minimizing impacts on biodiversity, with a focus on data-limited stocks, deepwater sharks and vulnerable marine ecosystem.

GEF grant: USD 5 000 000; Co-financing: USD 59 400 000

Implemented by FAO

The Cross-Sectoral Project

The child project will develop and strengthen capacity for sectoral and cross-sectoral cooperation and coordination among national, regional and global institutions in the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in ABNJ.

Led by FAO and implemented by UNEP

Strengthening the stewardship of an economically and biologically significant high seas area – the Sargasso Sea

The project will facilitate a collaborative, cross-sectoral ecosystem-based sustainable stewardship mechanism for the Sargasso Sea through improvement in the knowledge base and strengthened frameworks for collaborative management and governance.

Led by FAO and implemented by UNDP

 

 

 


Africa region (RAF)

The GEF Work Program approved in June 2020 close to USD 40 million for five FAO-led projects in the Africa region, including two projects under the FOLUR impact program. The financing is drawn from the GEF Trust Fund and the Least Developed Countries Fund, a resource for climate change adaptation projects in least developed countries. The projects will support countries and communities to conserve biodiversity in forests and agricultural systems, improve management of protected areas increase the climate resilience and reduce the risks of conflict within and between communities, enhance sustainable supply chains, and reverse land degradation.

Approved projects in RAF

Approved projects in RAF

  

Country

Project description

Tanzania

Integrated Adaptation Program to Enhance Resilience of Communities and Ecosystems in the Dry Miombo Woodlands of Tanzania Mainland and Dryland of Zanzibar 

This project will multiply the impact of the Drylands Sustainable Landscapes Impact Program by addressing the effects of climate change on production systems, the supply chain, and vulnerable communities in the Miombo Woodlands and Drylands of Zanzibar. By introducing and scaling up nature-based and landscape-based approaches, technologies, and innovative financial incentives for adaptation, the project will strengthen resilience against unpredictable rainfall patterns, seasonal shifts, sea level rise and saltwater intrusion.

Expected Impact: The project will strengthen the resilience of an estimated 82 000 direct beneficiaries and place 27 000 ha of land under climate resilient management. 

Focal area: Climate Change Adaptation

̌GEF grant: USD 5 000 000; Co-financing: USD 40 979 900

Read more in the project identification form.

Burkina Faso

Improving the Climate Resilience of Agro-Sylvo-Pastoral Production Systems in Burkina Faso

This project will increase the climate resilience and reduce the risks of conflict in agro-sylvo-pastoral (ASP) family farming communities in Burkina Faso. Burkina Faso is highly dependent on natural resources-based sectors, and agriculture accounting for 60 percent of employment and one third of national gross domestic product (GDP), making it particularly vulnerable to the negative impacts of climate change and vulnerable to subsequent conflict over the usage and allocation of natural resources.

Expected impact: The intervention will directly benefit 80 000 people and an estimated 100 000 hectares of land will be managed in a more climate-resilient.

Focal areas: Climate change adaptation

GEF grant: USD 10 000 000; Co-financing: USD 40 169 687

Read more in the project identification form.

Madagascar

Biodiversity Conservation, Restoration and Integrated Sustainable Development of Lower Mangoky and South-Mananara watersheds

The project will address the main drivers of biodiversity loss – habitat change and unsustainable use of natural resources – through a landscape approach aimed at restoring ecosystems within protected areas and sustainably managing productive lands.

Expected impact: The project will result in the improved management of 6,000 ha of land in two protected areas, the restoration of 1 000 ha of degraded agricultural lands and 500 ha of forest land, the improved management of 2 000 ha of landscapes to benefit biodiversity, and 4,000 ha of productive systems placed under sustainable land management. A total of 8 000 people will be benefited with this project.

Focal area: Biodiversity, and Land degradation

GEF grant: USD 8 250 000; Co-financing: USD 32 804 300

Read more in the project identification form.

Kenya &

The national child projects under the FOLUR impact program were approved by the GEF council under the June 2020 work program. Please check the FOLUR section on this page for more information.

Guinea


Asia and the Pacific region (RAP)

Close to USD 35 million programmed for one regional and four national FAO-led projects in RAP to support countries and communities in conserving biodiversity in forests and agricultural systems, improve management of protected areas, adapt to the impacts of climate change, enhance sustainable supply chains, reverse land degradation, and manage transboundary water resources.

Approved projects in RAP

Approved projects in RAP

 

 

Country

Project description

Regional, Cambodia, Viet Nam

Enhancing Sustainability of the Transboundary Mekong River Delta Aquifer

The project will strengthen environmental sustainability and water security in the Lower Mekong Basin, a system underlain by a major transboundary aquifer system shared by Cambodia and Viet Nam. The regional project will enhance national and transboundary governance and produce knowledge on how the entire Cambodia-Mekong River Delta transboundary aquifer functions and interacts with surface waters and ecosystems. 

Expected Impact: The project will help enhance aquifer recharge, reduce pollution, and optimize groundwater withdrawals through five components.

Focal area: International waters

GEF grant: USD 16 677 000; Co-financing: USD 66 000 000

Read more in the project identification form. 

Thailand

Integrated Forest Landscape Management for Strengthening the Northeastern and Eastern Forest Corridors 

The project will strengthen the conservation of globally significant biological diversity in Thailand’s forests outside of protected areas.

Expected Impact: The project will put 1 365 000 ha of landscapes under improved practices, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1 781 089 tCO2eq, and directly benefit 25 000 people.

Focal areas: Biodiversity

GEF grant: USD 3 600 000; Co-financing: USD 28 000 000

Read more in the project identification form.

Indonesia

Crop Diversity Conservation for Sustainable Use in Indonesia

The project will strengthen the conservation and sustainable use of globally significant crop diversity, in the wild and on-farm, through improved conservation practices, a strengthened enabling environment, and the development and demonstration of long-term incentive mechanisms. The project targets five crops of global and national significance – rice, taro, yam, cloves, nutmeg – and will improve in situ and on-farm conservation and sustainable use of globally important crop diversity in Indonesia.

Expected impact: The project will contribute to the conservation of over 1 300 000 ha of these five crops, reaching 20 000 beneficiaries.

Focal area: Biodiversity

GEF grant: USD 7 000 000; Co-financing: USD 58 578 224

Read more in the project identification form.

Papua New Guinea

Enabling sustainable production landscapes in Eastern Highlands and Western Highlands Provinces for Biodiversity, Human Livelihoods and Well-being

Co-implemented by FAO and UNEP, the project will support community based protected areas and improve sustainable supply chains for agricultural productions, like coffee, to alleviate poverty while promoting conservation and sustainability.

Expected impact: The project will create 10 000 ha of new terrestrial protected areas, improve management of 274 998 ha of existing terrestrial protected areas, support the restoration of 800 ha of biodiverse forested areas, and support the mainstreaming biodiversity across 190 000 ha of productive lands. As a result, it will reduce CO2 emissions by 1 316 073 metric tons.

Focal area: Biodiversity

GEF grant: USD 5 000 000; Co-financing: USD 52 650 000

Read more in the project identification form.

Tuvalu

Integrated Agro-ecosystem Approach for enhancing Livelihoods and Climate Resilience in Tuvalu

The project will help reverse land degradation, enhance local livelihoods and increase climate resilience through an integrated agro-ecosystem approach in all of the islands of Tuvalu, a least developed country and small island developing state (SIDS).

Expected impact: The project will restore 150ha of degraded agricultural land and improve the management of 650ha land across all of the islands of Tuvalu, which represents 31% of the total land area of the country. 160,000 tCO2eq of greenhouse gas emissions will be mitigated through the project, and 1,050 people, including smallholder farmers, will directly benefit.

Focal area: Land degradation

GEF grant: USD 2 700 000; Co-financing: USD 6 265 000

Read more in the project identification form.


Near East and North Africa region (RNE)

Three FAO-led projects with programmed GEF grant of USD 27.3 million will address the critical issues at the intersection between agriculture and biodiversity, climate change, land degradation, forest management, and chemical pollutants.

Approved projects in RNE

Approved projects in RNE

  

Country

Project description

Mauritania

Enhancing Pastoral Farming Producers Resilience in Southeast Watersheds of Mauritania 

This project aims to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable rural populations by improving agriculture and livestock sector planning and the application of both proven practices, like agro-pastoral field schools, and innovative practices, like participatory watershed approaches, at the catchment level. The project will focus on community ownership to ensure sustainability. 

Expected impact: The project will directly benefit 100 000 people, place 71 000 ha of land under more climate-resilient management, and train 10 000 people to build community-level capacity to improve agricultural production.

Focal area: Climate change adaptation

̌GEF grant: USD 5 000 000; Co-financing: USD 15 000 000

The project leverages USD 10 million in GCF investment in livelihood and food security infrastructure at the regional and national levels for agro-sylvo pastoral communities in the same region.

Read more in the project identification form.

Jordan

Achieving land degradation neutrality targets through restoration and sustainable management of degraded land in Northern Jordan

The project will help achieve land degradation neutrality targets through sustainable land management, forest management, rehabilitation and improved productivity of rangeland and bare land. The project will help create an enabling institutional environment while also demonstrating the LDN approach and scaling out SLM practices, assisting Jordan to achieve the LDN targets under UNCCD that the government voluntarily set under UNCCD.

Project impact: The project will assist in restoring 2 750 ha of degraded agricultural land, forests and grasslands, improve the management of 15 000 ha land, mitigate 1 347 905 tCO2eq, and directly benefit 12 500 people.

Focal area: Land degradation

GEF grant: USD 4 544 250; Co-financing: USD 26 000 000

Read more in the project identification form.

Yemen

Resilient and Sustainable Livelihoods for Rural Yemen

The project will strengthen climate resilience of rural producers across the fisheries, agriculture, and livestock sectors who are at high risk due to climate change and conflict-induced humanitarian crisis. The project will align three productive sectors – fisheries, agriculture, and livestock – to improve the management of fishery, land, water, and forest resources through spatial planning and coherent “community-based” management.

Project impact: The project will directly benefit 120 000 beneficiaries and place 118 000 hectares of landscapes under improved practices.

Focal areas: Climate change adaptation, Biodiversity, and Land Degradation

GEF grant: USD 17 830 000; Co-financing: USD 71 000 000

This project is funded under the GFF trust fund as well as the LDCF trust fund.

Read more in the project identification form.

 

 


Latin America and the Caribbean region (RLC)

Over USD 26.6 million programmed for one regional and three national FAO-led projects in RLC to support countries and communities in conserving marine biodiversity, enhance sustainable supply chains, reverse land degradation, and improve public and private management of transboundary water resources.

Approved projects in RLC

Approved projects in RLC

  

Country

Project description

Regional, Uruguay, Brazil

Binational and integrated water resources management in the Merín Lagoon Basin and Coastal Lagoons

This project will strengthen public and private sector capacities in Brazil and Uruguay for joint and integrated water resource management (IWRM) in the Merín Lagoon Basin, Yaguaron River and Coastal Lagoons. The project emphasizes on sustainable and efficient use of water, preservation of ecosystems and their services, and adaptation to climate change, through the development of a Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis and Strategic Action Programme.

Focal area: International Waters

GEF grant: USD 5 475 000; Co-financing: USD 77 113 000

Read more in the project identification form.

Peru

Sustainable management and restoration of the Dry Forest of the Northern Coast of Peru 

The project will be co-implemented by FAO and IUCN with the objective to restore and sustainably manage the dry forests of the Northern Coast of Peru, facilitating the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services, increasing the resilience of communities and their livelihoods, and supporting the achievement of the Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) target. 

Expected impact: The project will enhance the management effectiveness of five protected areas totalling 250,250 hectares, restore 2,278 hectares of forest and forestland, improve biodiversity practices in 8,000 hectares, place 2,000 hectares of production systems under sustainable land management, conserve 107,383 hectares of forests through agreements with producers, and enhance connectivity in 367,333 hectares of corridors.

Focal areas: Biodiversity and Land degradation

̌GEF grant: USD 5 091 607; Co-financing: USD 7 666 491

Read more in the project identification form.

Mexico

From Bait to Plate: Strengthening Sustainable Fisheries to Safeguard Marine Biodiversity and Food Security

The project will conserve marine biodiversity while promoting sustainable livelihoods in communities. By managing fisheries in an integrated manner across different protected sites. The project will provide an opportunity to align and integrate the conservation approaches of CONANP (National Commission of Natural Protected Areas) and the fisheries production orientation of CONAPESCA (National Commission of Fisheries and Aquaculture) while also piloting ecosystem-based fisheries management.

Project impact: The project will place 399 114 hectares of terrestrial conservation areas, 1 597 751 hectares of marine conservation areas, and 925 031 hectares of productive seascapes under improved management practices. As a result, 25 104 metric tons of catch of globally over-exploited marine fisheries will be reduced.

Focal area: Biodiversity

GEF grant: USD 10 080 142; Co-financing: USD 40 320 567

Read more in the project identification form.

Nicaragua

The national child project under the FOLUR impact program was approved by the GEF council under the June 2020 work program. Please check the FOLUR section on this page for more information.

 

 

 


Europe and Central Asia region (REU)

The Council approved two FAO-led projects in the REU region, including the child project approved under the FOLUR IP. Over USD 23 million programmed for the four projects that will promote Blue Economy, sustainable, integrated landscapes and efficient food systems, and conserve biodiversity through sustainable forest management. 

Approved projects in REU

Approved projects in REU

Country

Project description

Regional, Georgia, Turkey, Ukraine

Fisheries and Ecosystem Based Management for the Black Sea (FishEBM BS) 

This project will address the overexploitation of Black Sea fisheries, which entails a move to more resilient, productive and sustainable fisheries. With a primary focus on small-scale fisheries, the proposed project will rely on an integrated approach that embeds sustainable and productive fisheries in the context of the blue economy. 

Expected impact: The project will move 326 860 tons of over-exploited fisheries to more sustainable levels.

Focal area: International waters

̌GEF grant: USD 5 639 250; Co-financing: USD 25 000 000

Read more in the project identification form.

Regional, Albania, Lebanon, Libya, Montenegro, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Turkey

Fisheries and Ecosystem Based Management for the Blue Economy of the Mediterranean - (FishEBM MED)

Co-implemented by FAO and UNEP and with a primary focus on small-scale fisheries, the project seeks to address the overexploitation of Mediterranean fisheries by addressing the underlying root causes and barriers and shifting to more resilient, productive and sustainable fisheries. The project will increase focus on the development of value chains, controls, management plans and other tangible measures that have the potential to mobilise both public and private investments.

Project impact: The project will improve the management effectiveness of 125 845 hectares of Marine Protected Area and move 238 000 tons of over-exploited fisheries to more sustainable levels.

Focal areas: International waters, and Biodiversity

GEF grant: USD 5 631 585; Co-financing: USD 29 200 000

Read more in the project identification form.

Turkey

Strengthening the Conservation of Biodiversity and Sustainable Management of Forest Landscapes in Turkey’s Kazdağlari Region

The project will improve sustainable forest management and biodiversity conservation in the Kazdağlari region and develop better governance models for different categories of protected areas in Turkey. 

Expected Impact: The project will place 25 000 ha of terrestrial protected areas and 50 000 ha of landscapes under improved management, restore 7 500 ha of degraded forests, provide carbon benefits of 900 000 ton of CO2eq, and directly benefit 1 500 project participants.

Focal area: Biodiversity, and Land degradation

̌GEF grant: USD 5 250 000; Co-financing: USD 25 000 000

Read more in the project identification form.

Uzbekistan

The national child project under the FOLUR impact program was approved by the GEF council under the June 2020 work program. Please check the FOLUR section on this page for more information.

 

 

 


Climate risk screening of FAO-GEF projects

Following guidance from the GEF’s Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel, FAO developed and implemented a climate risk screening system to ensure that climate resilience is reflected across the 24 FAO-led projects approved for a total investment of USD 176 million, spanning from land degradation to sustainable fisheries. The screening system determined short and long-term climate hazards that may impact or alter the outcomes of projects, assessing the likelihood of the project increasing the vulnerability of the expected target populations to climate hazards and provides resilience measures to mitigate potential risks. The new climate risk screening system contributes to FAO’s efforts towards climate-resilient and sustainable agriculture and food systems which, more than ever, are essential to ensure food security.