Integrating Water, Land and Ecosystem Management in Caribbean Small Island Developing States - GEF IWEco

GEF IWEco is a five-year regional multi-focal area project financed under the GEF Focal Areas: International Waters, Land Degradation, Biodiversity, Sustainable Forest Management and the GEF Small Grants Programme.

Latest Project News

  • Project Cooperation Agreements being finalized with all particpating Governments
  • Successful meeting of Communication Partners held in Havana, Cuba
  • We have begun recruitment of all project staff which should be completed by June 2017
  • GEF IWEco supports efforts to development State of Convention Area Report for the Wider Caribbean Region.

Inception Workshop and 1st Project Steering Committee Meeting

Project Overview

Approval of the GEF IWEco Project: Press Release  

Why is the GEF IWEco Project so important for Small Island Developing States of the Wider Caribbean Region?: Press Release for World Environment Day 2015.

The “Integrating Water, Land and Ecosystem Management in Caribbean Small Island Developing States - GEF IWEco”, is a successor project to the Integrated Watershed and Coastal Areas Management Project (IWCAM), which was also funded by the Global Environment Facility. 

The GEF IWEco project has a total budget of USD 88.7 million including cash and in-kind co-financing with a total GEF cash allocation of USD 20,722,572. Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago are the ten participating Caribbean countries. The Bahamas has also received approval for the development of a Medium sized project as the GEF IWEco Project is implemented.

GEF IWEco is a five-year regional multi-focal area project financed under the GEF Focal Areas: International Waters, Land Degradation, Biodiversity, Sustainable Forest Management and the GEF Small Grants Programme.

The project’s primary goal is the implementation of an integrated approach to water, land and ecosystems services management, supported by policy, institutional and legislative reforms, and implementation of effective appropriate technologies to accelerate contribution to global targets on access to safe and reliable water supplies and improved sanitation, and contributing to improved ecosystem functioning in the Caribbean.

The project is expected to result in:

  • Pollution reduction technologies and ecosystem functioning enhancement measures implemented in local demonstrations and investments;
  • Enhanced capacity for issues of climatic variability and change and surface and groundwater management;
  • Agreed commitments to sustainable Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) and Large Marine Ecosystem (LME) cooperation frameworks;
  • National and local policy/legal/institutional reforms adopted/ implemented;
  • Integrated land management plans developed and implemented;
  • Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), sustainable land management (SLM) and ecosystem management tools and methodologies developed and tested;
  • Information on IWRM technologies and good practice guidelines disseminated;
  • National and subnational landuse plans developed that incorporate biodiversity and ecosystem services valuation;
  • Enhanced carbon sinks from reduced forest degradation over 4,500 ha.

The GEF IWEco Project began implementation in 2016 and is expected to end in 2021.

The project is co-implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and co-executed by UN Environment’s Caribbean Environment Programme (CEP) and the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).

The project document can be downloaded here and you can also download a summary of the Project.