Sustainable certification (“eco-certification”) initiatives certify that commercial producers adhere to predefined environmental and social welfare production standards. Such initiatives are common in GEF-funded projects aimed at mainstreaming biodiversity and ecosystem services in production landscapes and seascapes. This advisory document summarizes the evidence base for the effectiveness of certification programs in generating global, national, regional and local environmental benefits. It also... Read More

 Community forest management (CFM) initiatives comprise a range of efforts to involve people who live in and around forests in forest management decisions. CFM initiatives often vest in communities some degree of decision-making power over forest management and rights to the benefits from such management. These initiatives are expected to result in more effective forest management, which is expected to help conserve biodiversity and ecosystem services and contribute to poverty reduction and economic development.... Read More

 Payments for Environmental Services (PES), sometimes called Payments for Ecosystem Services, are a popular intervention in GEF projects that aim to generate ongoing financial incentives for environmental objectives. This advisory document summarizes the evidence base for PES effectiveness and the key issues to consider in the design and selection of PES programs in the GEF portfolio. Publication Date: December 2008 (Revised on March 2010) Authors: Sven Wunder, Sheila... Read More

The report was commissioned following the request from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) to explore the relationship between management of unintentionally produced POPs and climate change mitigation strategies in GEF operations. Specifically, the report addresses whether the implementation of best available techniques and best environmental practices (BAT/BEP), in the context of the Stockholm Convention, has synergistic effects on GHG emissions, or whether... Read More

STAP Guidance on Implementing the new Work Program

The purpose of this paper is to advise on scientific and technical issues that should receive high priority in the development of activities in SFM. The advice is based upon a consultation amongst STAP members. It develops ideas for SFM already submitted by GEF agencies (e.g. FAO) and the UNFF Multi-Year Programmes of Work and Plan of Action (UNFF-6 and UNFF-7). This paper focuses on scientific issues that must be addressed, in... Read More