GEF-IUCN partnership

Projects

Introduction

The development of the portfolio of the IUCN Partnership with GEF is guided by both IUCN priorities for the Partnership with GEF as well as by the GEF Focal Areas. The objective is to have a geographically and thematically balanced project portfolio. However, due to the fact that IUCN joined as GEF project agency only mid 2014 when the GEF-6 programming cycle was already halfway through, this balance has not yet been achieved. 

IUCN has established an Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS) that provides a systematic procedure to check IUCN projects for environmental and social risks. As part of this we like to enable feed-back from external parties by making relevant information about the projects publically available. We hence encourage you to explore our current portfolio of projects below including the ESMS instruments we are using for identifying, avoiding and mitigating environmental and social risks.

Current projects

The Global Environment Commons - Solutions for a crowded planet

The following documents are available for download:

Project Document
ESMS Screening Report

⇒  view project information on GEF website
⇒  visit and participate: https://globalcommons.earth

 

 

Strengthening Capacities for Implementation of the Nagoya Protocol in Nepal

Rhododendrons on Mount Makalu, Nepal Photo: © IUCN / Jeffrey McNeely The following documents are available for download:

Project Document
ESMS Screening Report

⇒  view project information on GEF website

 

Land Degradation Neutrality Target Setting

Donkey train in the Sahel, Burkina Faso Photo: IUCN Photo Library / © Geoffroy Mauvais The following documents are available for download:

Project Document
CEO endorsement
ESMS Screening Report

⇒  view project information on GEF website

 

Mano River Ecosystem Conservation and International Water Resources Management

Forest in the Gulf of Guinea, Africa Photo: IUCN Photo Library / © Geoffroy Mauvais

The following documents are available for download:

CEO endorsement
ESMS Clearance
ESMP document

⇒  view project information on GEF website

 

Sustainable Management of Peatland Ecosystems in Mekong Countries

Cambodia Mangroves Photo: Shelley Gustafson The following documents are available for download:

ESMS Screening Report
ESMS Clearance
ESMP document
Social Impact Assessment (SIA)

⇒  view project information on GEF website

 

Restoring ecological corridors in Western Chad for multiple land and forests benefits - RECONNECT

GEF-IUCN Project in Africa Photo: Vecteezy.com The following documents are available for download:

Project Document
ESMS Screening Report
ESMS Clearance

⇒  view project information on GEF website

 

CPIC Conservation Finance Initiative - scaling up and demonstrating the value of blended finance in conservation

The following document is available for download:
Project Document
ESMS Screening Report

⇒  view project information on GEF website

 

The Restoration Initiative (TRI) – Global Learning, Finance and Partnerships project under TRI

The following document is available for download:
Project Document
ESMS Screening Report

⇒  view project information on GEF website

 

The Restoration Initiative (TRI) China - Building Climate Resilient Green Infrastructure: enhancing ecosystem services of planted forests in China through forest landscape restoration and governance innovation

GEF-IUCN Project in Asia Photo: Vecteezy.com The following documents are available for download:

Project Document
ESMS Screening Report
ESMS Clearance
ESMF

⇒  view project information on GEF website

 

The Restoration Initiative (TRI) Myanmar - Reversing forest degradation and deforestation and restoring forested landscapes through local multi-stakeholder management

GEF-IUCN Project in Asia Photo: Vecteezy.com The following documents are available for download:

Project Document
ESMS Screening Report
ESMS Clearance
ESMS Process Framework

⇒  view project information on GEF website

 

The Restoration Initiative (TRI) Guinea Bissau - Protection and Restoration of Mangroves and productive Landscape to strengthen food security and mitigate climate change

GEF-IUCN Project in Africa Photo: Vecteezy.com The following documents are available for download:

Project Document
ESMS Screening Report
ESMS Clearance

⇒  view project information on GEF website

 

 

 

The Restoration Initiative (TRI) Cameroon - Supporting Landscapes Restoration and Sustainable Use of local plant species and tree products for Biodiversity Conservation, Sustainable Livelihoods and Emissions Reduction in Cameroon

GEF-IUCN Project in Africa Photo: Vecteezy.com

The following documents are available for download:

Project Document
ESMS Screening Report
ESMS Clearance
ESMS Process Framework

⇒  view project information on GEF website

 

Continental wetlands adaptation and resilience to climate change (Mauritania)

GEF-IUCN Project in Africa Photo: Vecteezy.com

The following documents are available for download:

Project Document
ESMS Screening Report
ESMS Clearance​​​​​

⇒  view project information on GEF website

 

Fostering Partnerships to Build Coherence and Support for Forest Landscape Restoration

The following document is available for download:
Project Document
ESMS Screening Report

⇒  view project information on GEF website

 


Disclosure policy 

The IUCN Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS) provides a systematic procedure to check IUCN projects for potential adverse environmental and social impacts. Its purpose is to ensure that negative impacts are avoided or minimised to the extent possible while positive impacts are promoted. As illustrated in the visual below, the ESMS is guided by eight overarching principles and four standards that reflect key environmental and social areas and issues that are at the heart of IUCN’s conservation approach. The principles and standards form the core of the ESMS Policy Framework, which governs the ESMS and determines the minimum environmental and social requirements for IUCN projects. The ESMS review procedure also provides for capturing possible other social and environmental risk issues as well as risks from projects failing to adequately address impacts from climate change and as such increasing the vulnerability of ecosystems and local communities. For more detailed information see the ESMS Manual and the four ESMS Standards at www.iucn.org/esms.

To guarantee that the ESMS principles, standards and review procedures are consistently followed in project design and implementation, IUCN has created an organisational structure to operationalise the ESMS and mechanisms to assure internal control and enforcement of compliance. Accountability is further reinforced by actively enabling feed-back from external parties. This includes a Grievance Mechanism  to capture concerns or grievances related to an IUCN project’s lack of compliance with the ESMS as well as establishing requirements for public disclosure of information and stakeholder consultation. 

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