Manila, Philippines — PEMSEA and the World Bank have taken initial steps in implementing a medium-sized project (MSP) on knowledge management (KM) through an inception workshop, which was held last 13–14 March.
Funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and under the supervision of the World Bank, the MSP on Applying Knowledge Management to Scale up Partnership Investments for Sustainable Development of Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs) of East Asia and their Coasts aims to enhance the capacity of projects in the region to effectively capture and disseminate lessons learned and best practices and leverage increased investments.
While the Asia-Pacific region has benefitted from numerous GEF-supported projects, one of the major challenges still faced by most projects is how to make the resulting outputs and information useful and accessible to target users. Mr. Mish Hamid, Project Manager of the GEF International Waters: Learning Exchange and Resource Network (IW:LEARN), described this as "fruits grown but rarely harvested." To this end, coming up with a feasible mechanism to capture these valuable assets would be helpful in replicating best practices, expanding geographic or functional scope of projects and generating stronger support from both the public and private sectors.
Representatives from five investments projects under the World Bank/GEF Program Framework on Scaling up Partnership Development of the Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs) of East Asia and their Coasts presented their respective projects' scope and activities, followed by the sharing of possible linkages, opportunities and challenges in developing a regional KM framework.
The five investment projects represented in the two-day inception workshop include: (a) Coral Reef Rehabilitation and Management Program-Coral Triangle Initiative (COREMAP-CTI); (b) Manila Bay Integrated Water Quality Management Project; (c) Philippine Rural Development Project; (d) Coastal Resources for Sustainable Development Project in Vietnam; and (e) Capturing Coral Reef Ecosystem Services (CCRES) Project.
The workshop identified the priority knowledge products and services, as well as the corresponding knowledge management core processes and sub-processes that would support the replication and scaling up of the investment projects in the region. A work plan was adopted, including the schedule for developing an electronic knowledge library and portal, activating relevant Communities of Practice and establishing a virtual marketplace for promoting and facilitating investments and good practices and innovative technologies. The three-year work plan also covers capacity-building activities, such as study tours and training workshops, as well as participating in knowledge-sharing events.
Strategies on engaging the private sector to support these investment projects were also discussed. Mr. Ryan Whisnant, Coalescent Services, identified public-private partnerships (PPPs) and "payment for ecosystem services" (PES) as viable examples. He emphasized that development programs and projects have much to offer the private sector and that the private sector has much to offer in return.
The workshop underscored the MSP's role in providing a venue for collaboration among the participating investment projects through various knowledge products and services, as well as a KM platform that would provide better visibility and access to vital information, including trends, monitoring data and emerging issues.
The workshop proceedings is available at http://localhost/dr_pemsea_prod/publications/applying-knowledge-manageme....