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Strategic Partnership Arrangements

Last modified July 07, 2008

UNDP, World Bank, UNEP and other international stakeholders in the region occasionally interact with the countries and each other on marine and coastal governance matters, but there is little focus, strategic outreach, or systematic effort to benefit the efforts of stakeholders across the full scope and objectives of the SDS-SEA. The SDS-SEA implementation program is only partially supported by existing GEF IW funds and individual governments, and there is a disjoint in the priorities and programs of international stakeholders and donors with the overall priorities and strategies of the countries and their commitments to SDS-SEA. The benefits derived from bilateral projects are not seen as collectively contributing to transboundary waters-related issues and sustainable development targets of the region.

Target Scenario / Benefits

HandshakeGlobal: A functional and effectively-coordinated Strategic Partnership effectively utilizes GEF resources to leverage financial support and investment from other sources, including governments, donors, international organizations, private sector and NGOs, to facilitate/accelerate investments in pollution-reduction facilities and services, as part of the regional implementation of the SDS-SEA. The good practices derived from the Strategic Partnership, and the individual projects undertaken within the Partnership, help to mainstream improved pollution reduction programs at the country level, as well as the portfolios of development banks and international agencies and organizations working in the region. The Partners themselves adopt, own, institutionalize, scale-up and replicate successful products and services of the Partnership within the region, as well as in other regions.

Domestic: National and sub-national environmental managers and stakeholders are able to access the services of the Partnership and obtain the benefits, as extended and replicated by the Partners beyond the limited scope and duration of this GEF project.

Strategic Partnerships in SDS-SEA Implementation

Strategic partnerships are forged with specific partners to collectively address key issues related to coastal and ocean governance. The Strategic Partnership for  SDS-SEA implementation is designed to facilitate the effective implementation and interaction of two GEF-supported projects in the region, namely the GEF/UNDP Project on the Implementation of the SDS-SEA, and the World Bank/GEF Partnership Investment Fund for Pollution Reduction in the Large Marine Ecosystems of East Asia. The former aims to scale up ICM programs across the region. The project activities create policy and investment opportunities for the latter project to reduce pollution discharges through the removal of technical, institutional and financial barriers. Expected outcomes of the Partnership Investment Fund are increased investments in pollution reduction and activities of the order of $1.3 billion.

The Strategic Partnership has another implication, where it serves as an umbrella function for subregional initiatives and programs. The ongoing large marine ecosystems projects in the Yellow Sea, South China Sea, the Sulu-Sulawesi Seas and the Arafura-Timor Seas will address similar issues in the near future.