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Twinning Arrangements for River Basin and Coastal Area Management

Last modified July 18, 2008

Ecosystem-based management projects in Bohai Sea, Manila Bay, Gulf of Thailand and Jakarta Bay operate in isolation. They and their partners fail to either capitalize on others' wisdom or to replicate their successful activities. Without access to valuable information and good practices generated by others, these projects continue to re-invent the wheel and do not contribute to global learning to strengthen transboundary waters management.

Target Scenario / Benefits

Global: Through South-South and North-South twinning arrangements, involving both developed and developing programs covering ecosystem-based management of watersheds, estuaries and adjacent coastal areas, project managers and implementers access, adapt and apply one another’s experience and information to effectively leverage GEF and other investments and realize long-term improvements in managing their shared water and marine resources. In addition, the capacity to tap knowledge and information resources assists in sustaining project activities and benefits beyond GEF's intervention. The GEF IW portfolio makes substantial contributions to ecosystem-based management learning regionally, thereby enhancing replication and benefits of GEF IW interventions.

Domestic: Responsible national agencies, local government units, private sector and civil society members in Bohai Sea, Manila Bay, Gulf of Thailand and Jakarta Bay adopt and apply successfully-tested approaches to solving problems, while meeting the challenges of ecosystem-based management in selected watersheds and coastal areas, and implementing their respective coastal strategies/framework programs and formulating investment plans. All entities also establish contacts/networks to which they can go for further technical advice and assistance regarding such matters. Good practices in ecosystem-based management are evaluated, transferred and replicated.