News and Events

STAP emphasizes the importance of supporting innovation in alternatives to plastics to combat marine debris problem
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14 June 2016, New York:   STAP attended two days of the Seventeenth Meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP-17) which convened at the UN Headquarters in New York from 13-17 June 2016. The meeting brought together representatives from governments, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions to examine the topic of marine debris, plastics and microplastics.... Read More


Recruitment: Adaptation Panel Member

STAP is recruiting for a panel member in the field of Adaptation. For more information about the available position and how to apply, please visit the vacancy announcement.... Read More


STAP Experts Meets at UNEP Headquarters to Chart the Course for the GEF
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STAP members gathered at UNEP Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, 23-27 May 2016. STAP had the opportunity to share on-going work with UNEP staff, and benefit from their input. Discussion topics included: wildlife conservation and the role of local communities, areas beyond national jurisdiction, source to sea, planning for resilience, climate adaptation, decarbonizing the global economy, sustainable management of plastics and green chemistry. Based on... Read More


GEF Science Panel Joins Community of Transboundary Waters Practitioners at the 8th GEF Biennial International Waters Conference in Sri Lanka
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The Eighth GEF Biennial International Waters Conference (IWC-8) concluded on May 15th 2016 in Negombo, western Sri Lanka, where participants from over 80 countries met to share lessons that addressed the conference theme of Scaling Up Investments from Source to Sea in the Context of Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).... Read More


STAP Panelist Ralph Sims to Participate in Side Event at the UN Environment Assembly Meeting in Nairobi, Kenya (23 May, 2016)

TOPIC: When the Smoke Clears: Delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement through Clean Cooking... Read More


STAP Panel Member, appointed new Director General for SwAM
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Jakob Granit, STAP Panel Member for International Waters, was recently appointed as the new director general for the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (SwAM)... Read More


Advancing sustainable chemistry in a sustainable development context: Opportunities for global, regional and national chemicals
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At an event co-sponsored by the Governments of Germany and Ghana and by UNEP and the Basel-Rotterdam-Stockholm (BRS) Secretariat, STAP expert Dr. Ricardo Barra will speak about sustainable (‘green’) chemistry, and in particular, its potential application to material innovations in the area of replacements for disposable plastic items.... Read More


Planning For Resilience In A Rapidly Changing World
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"Designing Projects in a Rapidly Changing World: Guidelines for embedding resilience, adaptation and transformation into sustainable development projects" is STAP's new advisory document targeting  practitioners working with local stakeholders to devise effective project strategies that build resilience to shocks, stresses, and major external change.... Read More


Life on Land: The Challenge of Halting and Reversing Land Degradation
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STAP-GEF, UNCCD, CBD, and FAO convene expert meeting on indicators for measuring SDG Target 15.3 on land degradation   Washington, D.C. February 25, 2016... Read More


Reducing Black Carbon Can Save Lives and Help Combat Climate Change

The importance of reducing emissions of black carbon and other short-lived climate pollutants while simultaneously continuing efforts to mitigate carbon dioxide emissions, is the subject of a new STAP Advisory Document... Read More


STAP hosts discussion on plastic debris solutions in the maritime industry
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STAP holds discussions on the regulatory frameworks addressing port reception facilities, and the role the international cruise industry plays in reducing plastic debris impacts on the marine environment..... Read More


STAP Meeting, June 2015
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The open session of STAP's Spring 2015 Meeting was held on Monday, June 1st.... Read More


STAP's Participation in the BRS COP and Science Fair, May 2015
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STAP contributes to the Meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions in Geneva (May 4-15, 2015), and the Basel-Rotterdam-Stockholm (BRS) Science Fair (May 7-9, 2015)... Read More


STAP's Climate Change Adaptation Postdoc and Kyoto University's DRC Program

Kyoto University’s Disaster Resilient Countries (DRC) program checks in with Veronique Morin, a former DRC student and STAP's postdoc on Climate Change Adaptation, to reflect on how the program helped her to prepare for her work at the STAP and beyond.... Read More


M&E Adaptation Workshop

A joint activity by STAP and PROVIA are underway to inform the scientific basis for measuring, monitoring and evaluating climate change adaptation.... Read More


Agro-Ecosytem Resilience Workshop
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The STAP Agro-Ecosystem Resilience workshop kicked off on November 19, 2014 in Sydney Australia with opening remarks from Monique Barbut – the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). ... Read More


STAP Report to the Fifth GEF Assembly
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The STAP is pleased to release a report for the 5th GEF Assembly recently held in Cancun, titled Delivering Global Environmental Benefits for Sustainable Development.  For more information and to download the publication, click here.... Read More


The GEF CEO Forum on Innovation Partnership
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Expert perspectives were solicited to discuss how ICT can be applied to the work of the GEF.

For more information, click here.

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Sustainable Forest Management Workshop

Sustainable Forest Management Workshop was held in November 2010.... Read More


Climate Resilience

Climate Resilience workshop was held in November 2010.... Read More


Report to the Fourth GEF Assembly

For GEF-4, STAP has undergone major structural reform in order to undertake its new strategic role in advising on the scientific content of all focal area strategies, a new operational role in screening all proposals for Full Size Projects, and a continuing advisory role in providing guidance and outputs on topics requested by GEF agencies. Additionally, STAP has been active in a number of GEF-funded targeted research projects on issues important to the agencies such as developing a carbon tracking tool for project managers.... Read More


Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage

This Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel Report to the GEF Secretariat, was informed by a small expert group meeting, convened at the GEF Secretariat, during October 17-18 2007, to support the STAP in the development of its advice to the GEF Secretariat.... Read More


STAP Workshop On Small Island Developing States, Groundwater and Interlinkages

This Report indicates that these relationships are more evident and direct, that they have clearer and shorter feedback loops, and that they take on even more significance and urgency, in the context of Small Island Developing States (SIDS).... Read More


Liquid Biofuels in Transport

This report from STAP, while providing clear recommendations to the GEF, clearly demonstrates that the sustainable development and use of biofuels is only one part of a larger picture involving the need for much greater efficiencies in existing transport systems.... Read More


Report to the Third GEF Assembly

The report reflects STAP’s important advances in its scientific understanding of the environmental and technical issues that are directly relevant to the GEF. It also identifies emerging technologies, which could play a significant role in strengthening the effectiveness of GEF activities across the world.... Read More


STAP/UNESCO Workshop Managing the Subsurface Environment

The workshop recognized that Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) is integral to the management and sustainability of groundwater resources. Furthermore, the workshop acknowledged that MAR technologies can help address threats to groundwater (e.g. aquifer degradation due to salinization and seawater intrusion).... Read More


Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Production Landscapes

STAP’s response is presented in this volume, based on a workshop held in Cape Town, South Africa, in September 2004. The workshop brought together experts from around the globe to review the mainstreaming concept, and to develop principles and conditions for its effective application.... Read More


Strategic Options and Priorities in Groundwater Resources

The significance of groundwater is often insufficiently recognised in national economic development plans, and in the administration of water resources and environmental protection. The Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) was therefore asked by the GEF to provide an assessment of the state of knowledge on groundwater, which would identify the principal threats, and strategic issues.... Read More


Non-Combustion Technologies for the Destruction POPs Stockpiles

The GEF is seeking to destroy obsolete stockpiles of POPs. Contaminated soils around stocks are also a challenge in many countries.... Read More


Use of Bioindicators, Biomarkers and Analytical Methods for the Analysis of POP's in Developing Countries

The GEF asked the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) for a review of cost-effective and accurate methods available for determining the presence and levels of POPs in the environment in developing countries with special emphasis on the use of bioindicators and biomarkers.... Read More


STAP Meeting, June 2015
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The open session of STAP's Spring 2015 Meeting was held on Monday, June 1st.... Read More


STAP Meeting 2014
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For the Fall 2014 session, the STAP Open Meeting will be held on October 27, 2014... Read More


Expert Workshop: The Political Economy of Regionalism and International Waters

This Expert Workshop is designed to allow for a discussion on the extent and the manner in which regionalization processes influence GEF interventions and how GEF interventions can be better positioned in these processes for mutual benefit. Agenda Presentations Fredrik Söderbaum - The Political Economy of Regionalism and International Waters Phera Ramoeli - Overview of the SADC Transboundary Water Management: River Basin Management Hashali... Read More


STAP Meeting October 2013
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To find more information on this event, click here... Read More


STAP Meeting March 2013
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The meeting focused heavily on presenting an overview of the draft GEF 6 Focal Area Strategies as well as potential innovative technologies and approaches that might be incorporated into GEF programs and projects.... Read More


STAP Meeting September 2012
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The STAP successfully held its biannual meeting in Washington DC, which ran across three days of closed and open sessions (19-21 September, 2012). The meetings began with a one-day closed session on19th September, 2012, at which three new STAP Members were officially inducted into the STAP process... Read More


Previous STAP Meeting Dates and Venue Information

Date and venue information about all previous STAP meetings. Please contact us to learn more.... Read More


STAP at the UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference 9-12 March in Cancún, México
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Annette Cowie (STAP) at the UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference 9-12 March in Cancún, México... Read More


STAP’s Participation at the UNCCD COP 11
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STAP led two side events at the 11th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), titled, “Global Environment Facility – Carbon Sequestration – A Valuable Global Benefit of Sustainable Land Management”; and, “The Global Environment Facility’s Carbon Benefits Project – new tools to measure carbon & the GEF’s experience applying the tools on 16th and 18th September 2013. To find more information on this event, click here. ... Read More


Side Event on Climate Change and Biodiversity; Conservation and Adaptation at CBD COP 11

STAP of the Global Environment Facility hosted a side event on Climate Change and Biodiversity along with Conservation and Adaptation at the Convention on Biodiversity's Conference of the Parties (CBD COP 11) meeting in Hyderabad, India on October 17th.... Read More


Side Event CBD SBSTTA 16

In collaboration with the Secretariat of Convention on Biological Diversity and other partners, STAP organized two side events at the 16th Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice of the CBD in Montreal, Canada on May 2nd and 3rd 2012.... Read More


International Waters Indicator Review Workshop

This Workshop was co-organized by the GEF Secretariat and the Science Panel and held at UNESCO.... Read More