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... 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

The decline of many individual and wild fish stocks has commanded an increase in aquaculture production to meet the protein demands of a growing population. Alongside selective breeding schemes and expanding facilities, transgenic methods have received increasing attention as a potential factor in meeting these demands. With a focus on developing countries, this third text in the series provides detailed information on environmental biosafety policy and regulation and presents methodologies for assessing... Read More

Tagged on: Biodiversity

Asynthesis of three studies commissioned by the Global Environment Facility to strengthen the knowledge base to support the Land Degradation Focal Area. The report presents a number of recommendations for advancing the relevance of land degradation investments by the GEF, and identifies priority topics in SLM for the GEF. Some of these topics are particularly suited to achieving global environmental benefits as incremental activities in development projects and in the work of other agencies such as the CGIAR. The report... Read More

Tagged on: Land Degradation