Island Innovations – UNDP and GEF: Leveraging the environment for the sustainable development of Small Island Developing States | Land Portal

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December 2014
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This publication, ‘Island Innovations – UNDP and GEF: Leveraging the Environment for the Sustainable Development of SIDS’, demonstrates that far from succumbing to these challenges, SIDS have time and again risen to the task of managing their fragile environments to meet their sustainable development goals. The examples included in this publication show that SIDS are confronting the challenges of sustainability and resilience head-on through a broad range of actions, including conservation and sustainable use of critical marine and coastal resources, climate change mitigation, adaptation efforts and more. The disposal and management of waste (including hazardous waste) are also a challenge for many SIDS, where the effects of poor planning in such small, interconnected environments quickly damage the ecosystem. These and other unsustainable land management issues have caused serious land degradation problems on islands, affecting food security and increasing vulnerability to the effects of climate change.

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Stock, P

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The Global Environment Facility (GEF) was established on the eve of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, to help tackle our planet’s most pressing environmental problems. Since then, the GEF has provided $14.5 billion in grants and mobilized $75.4 billion in additional financing for almost 4,000 projects. The GEF has become an international partnership of 183 countries, international institutions, civil society organizations, and private sector to address global environmental issues.


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The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa (UNCCD) is a Convention to combat desertification and mitigate the effects of drought through national action programs that incorporate long-term strategies supported by international cooperation and partnership arrangements.


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