FAO and the GEF

Partnering for Sustainable Agriculture and the Environment

FAO at the 60th GEF Council

The June 2021 Work Program approved during the 60th GEF Council and the 30th LDCF Council has programmed over USD 46.6 million for five FAO-led projects set to benefit eight countries across Asia and Africa. The projects will assist countries and communities to adopt more sustainable and climate-resilient practices, foster regional cooperation, and enact stronger policies to conserve biodiversity and deter illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.


FAO projects approved during the GEF and LDCF Council meetings: 

Country

Project description

Regional, Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, Viet Nam

Promoting the blue economy and strengthening fisheries governance of the Gulf of Thailand through the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries (GoTFish)

The project is designed to improve transboundary marine resource governance and cooperation of the Gulf of Thailand through the implementation of the ecosystem approach to fisheries. The project will improve, create and execute fisheries management plans, establish market and behavior incentive mechanisms that reduce ecosystem stress from fishing, integrate habitat and biodiversity conservation considerations into fisheries management, and reduce threats to vulnerable species and critical habitats through improved national and regional protection.

Expected Impact: 14 900 ha of new marine protected areas (MPAs) will be established and 261 700 ha of existing MPAs will be improved while 4 million ha of marine habitat will have improved governance practices for biodiversity.  In addition, over 500 000 metric tons of globally over-exploited fisheries will be moved to more sustainable levels.

Focal area: International Waters, Biodiversity

GEF grant: USD 7 320 794; Co-financing: USD 118 458 645

Read more in the project identification form. 

Eritrea

Building Community Based Integrated and Climate Resilient Natural Resources Management and Enhancing Sustainable Livelihood in the South-Eastern Escarpments and Adjacent Coastal Areas of Eritrea

This multi-trust fund project is financed by the GEF Trust Fund(GFF)  as well as the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF). The project aims to enhance resilience of vulnerable agro-pastoralist and fishing communities along degraded landscapes/seascapes in the south-eastern escarpments and adjacent coastal areas of Eritrea through an integrated ecosystem-based and market-driven approach. The project will be focused within the Debub and Northern Red Sea Regions covering 330 villages and an estimated population of 218,015.

Expected Impact: 15 000 ha of terrestrial protected areas newly created; 225 835 ha under Climate Resilient Management; nine policies/plans that will mainstream climate resilience; and 12,000 people trained (50% women); and 1 000 hectares of marine habitats under improved practices for biodiversity

Focal area: International Waters, Biodiversity

GEF grant: USD 6 678 226; LDCF grant: USD 9 002 082; Co-financing: USD 19 292 304

Read more in the project identification form. 

Senegal

Land Degradation Neutrality for biodiversity conservation, food security and resilient livelihoods in the Peanut Basin and Eastern Senegal (Dékil Souf)

The project aims to demonstrate the use of a Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) approach (avoid, reduce, reverse land degradation) for biodiversity conservation and delivery of ecosystem services to achieving food security and livelihood resilience in the Peanut Basin and Eastern Senegal. The LDN approach is built on lessons from the GEF and LDCF portfolio in Senegal and particularly in the Peanut Basin and will bring several innovations such as the strategic engagement with women, participatory learning, and the use of local knowledge.

Expected Impact: 12 000 ha of terrestrial landscapes restored; 400 000 ha of terrestrial landscapes under improved practices; carbon sequestration and avoided emissions in the AFOLU sector (6.8 million tCO2e); and will benefit over 87 500 beneficiaries (75% women)

Focal area: Land degradation, Biodiversity

GEF grant: USD 5 786 073; Co-financing: USD 32 800 000

Read more in the project identification form. 

Central African Republic

Strengthening the adaptive capacity of communities by up-scaling integrated landscape management and restoration in south-west region of Central African Republic

The project aims to enhance the resilience of rural communities through the valuation of productive and forest landscapes and inclusive governance mechanisms. This will be achieved by integrating climate change adaptation into sustainable landscape management planning and actions at local, regional and national levels; establishing sustainable natural resource managed mechanisms for climate resilience of ecosystems and communities in the South-West and buffer zone of the Bangassou Forest; and strengthening climate resilient livelihoods in the agriculture and forestry sectors through nature-based approaches and income diversification.

Expected Impact: The project expects to directly benefit 75 000 beneficiaries (53.3% women); place 125 000 ha of land under climate resilient management; produce ten policies and plans that will mainstream climate resilience, and train 20 000 people (50% women).

Focal area: Climate change

LFCF grant: USD 8 932 420; Co-financing: USD 30 600 000

Read more in the project identification form. 

Lesotho

Building climate-resilient livelihoods and food systems

This project aims to enhance climate resilience of landscapes and communities for food security through sustainable water management. This will be achieved by strengthening policy, planning, and investment frameworks to enable sustainable water management in productive landscapes; strengthening climate resilient agriculture capacities at local and national levels; improving agriculture water management practices and infrastructure to address droughts and floods; and strengthening climate resilience of agriculture value chains to climate shocks.

Expected Impact: This project is expected to directly benefit 40 000 people (50% women); place 15 000 ha of land under climate resilient management; produce six policies/plans to mainstream climate resilience; and train 20 000 people (50% women).

Focal area: Climate change adaptation

LFCF grant: USD 8 932 420; Co-financing: USD 40 000 000

Read more in the project identification form.