GEF IWEco Project Summary

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

The “Integrating Water, Land and Ecosystem Management in Caribbean Small Island Developing States - GEF IWEco”, has been developed as a successor project to the Integrated Watershed and Coastal Areas Management Project (IWCAM), which was funded by the Global Environment Facility. This new project has been approved by the GEF Secretariat and is currently in its inception phase.

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 Caribbean countries which have committed to participating in this project. The Bahamas has also received approval for the development of a Medium sized project as the GEF IWEco Project is implemented.

GEF IWEco is proposed to be 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.

By the end of its tenure, the project is expected to have:

  • 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 is scheduled to begin implementation in 2015 and conclude in 2020. The project is to be co-implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and co-executed by UNEP’s Caribbean Environment Programme (CEP) and the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).

The full project proposal for the GEF IWEco Project can be found here

Summary of the Project. 

Press Release on the Approval of the Project