UNEP plays a key role in supporting eligible countries in the Asia-Pacific region to develop and execute Global Environment Facility (GEF) projects in ecosystem Management program. A total of 52 GEF supported projects, with a total value of US$ 530 Million with co-funding are undertaken in the region. Most are executed through external partners.
Selected key or innovative GEF EM-based projects include:
- Agrobiodiversity: ‘Conservation and Sustainable Use of Cultivated and Wild Tropical Fruit Diversity: Promoting Sustainable Livelihoods, Food Security and Ecosystem Services’ targeting India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.
- Marine and small island conservation: ‘The Micronesia Challenge – Sustainable Finance Systems for Island Protected Area Management Integrating the Conservation Management of Island Biodiversity’, implemented in the Marshall Islands, Palau and Micronesia; the ‘Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA)’, implemented in Kiribati, and the ‘Dugong and Seagrass Conservation Project’.
- Protected areas and terrestrial conservation: ‘CAMPAS - Strengthening National Biodiversity and Forest Carbon Stock Conservation through Landscape-based Collaborative Management of Cambodia’s Protected Area System as Demonstrated in the Mondulkiri Conservation Landscape’ and ‘Integrated Management of Wetland Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for Water and Food Security in India’
- International waters/climate change: ‘Standardized Methodologies for Carbon Accounting and Ecosystem Services Valuation of Blue Forests’ and ‘Establishment of Fishery Refugia for Economic Important Fish Species’
- Ecosystem services: ‘ProEcoServ – Project for Ecosystem Services – Natural Capital Accounting, Policy Support and Development of Tools’, targeting Vietnam and three other countries from other regions– for detailed info see: www.proecoserv.org