Building national and regional capacity to implement MEAs by strengthening planning, and state of environment assessment and reporting in the Pacific Islands

Project General Information


NCSA Follow-up Pacific Islands


Ecosystems management



OP12 - Integrated Ecosystem Management

Crosscutting Capacity Building

Build capacity on access and benefit sharing

Building capacity on access and benefit sharing



A.1.1 the GEF focal area/LDCF/SCCF strategies /NPIF Initiative:

This project contributes to GEF-5 capacity development objectives 2 and 5, which aim to improve the generation, access and use of information and knowledge for purposes such as convention reporting, policy development, and monitoring and evaluating environmental impacts and trends. Recognizing the challenges individual Pacific countries face in generating and organizing environmental information, and based on a request from participating countries in this regard, this project will develop systems and processes for environmental monitoring in the Pacific subregion as a single entity and for individual countries, identify baseline information and indicators for agreed variables, link the information with convention reporting processes and other uses, and establish mechanisms to institutionalize (including capacity development) and regularly upgrade the system.


The project aligns with agreements made by leads of Pacific island countries (including New Zealand, Australia, USA and France), especially the Cairns Compact on strengthening development coordination in the Pacific.  This project supports at least the following key deliverables: “tracking development efforts in progressing achievement of Forum Island Countries (FIC)’s development data to guide better decision making and development planning; enhancing collection, analysis and dissemination of FIC’s development data to guide better decision making and development planning; review and reporting on national development plans”.


The project will also address issues identified through countries National Capacity Self Assessments (NCSAs). A review of the 10 NCSA reports completed in the Pacific region by 2012 ( noted the following common problems and vulnerabilities:

o   A lack of historical and current evidence of the status of various environmental resources, the trends in that status, and the drivers of changes in that status;

o   Information management problems, including lack of standardized procedures for collecting and aggregating relevant environmental data; and

o   Dissemination problems, with information that is available not always getting into the hands of local scientists, local government officials, or local citizens

It is anticipated that there will be a review of the details of the NCSA for each country during the PPG phase of designing the project which will couple up with consulting the countries – a mandatory part of the process anyway.  Thus the project will respond to the latest capacity needs as articulated by the countries during the above period and at the same time take into account inevitable changes in specific circumstances which will happen between the publication of the above document and the actual implementation of this project.




Full Size Project(FSP)


Asia and the Pacific

Palau, Tuvalu, Marshall Islands, Tonga, Samoa, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Micronesia, Papua New Guinea

LDC Trust Fund

Stage Grant to UNEP Grant to other IA Co-Financing UNEP Fee Other IA Fee
$ 4,300,000.00 $ 0.00 $ 13,300,000.00 $ 430,000.00 $ 0.00


United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)




Executing Agency Category
SPREP(Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme)
UNEP Collaborating Center

Partner Category

Name Category Period
Charles Davies

Low Risk


Fiscal Year Project activities and objectives met

$ 0.00