The Global Environment Facility (GEF), has financed a project for “Advancing sustainable resource management to improve livelihoods and protect biodiversity”.
The Project Objective is “to effectively and sustainably use biodiversity and maintain ecosystem goods and services in Palau by building institutional capacity to integrate the Palau Protected Area Network (PAN) with the Sustainable Land Management (SLM) initiative, and fostering a ridge‐to‐reef approach across and within these initiatives.
So, ecosystem services are one of the themes addressed in this project. In particular, the project will contribute to:
- Reduce pressures on forest resources and generate sustainable flows of forest ecosystem services and strengthen the enabling environment to reduce GHG emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and enhance carbon sinks;
- Enhance ecosystem services to reduce poverty, in line with the Ridge to Reef programme
A consultants’ team, contracted by UNDP, is drafting a GEF6 Project on biodiversity mainstreaming into key sectors in Palau. Giacomo is the geospatial and landscape specialist of this team.