UNEP/GEF South China Sea Project
The UNEP/GEF Project Entitled “Reversing Environmental Degradation Trends in the South China Sea and Gulf of Thailand" is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in partnership with seven riparian states bordering the South China Sea (Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam). Planning commenced in 1996 and the project became fully operational for seven years from February 2002 to December 2008.
Sida Spatial Planning in the Coastal Zone – Disaster Prevention and Sustainable Development Project (SIDA SP Project)
The project ‘Spatial Planning in the Coastal Zone – Disaster Prevention and Sustainable Development’ was developed by the COBSEA Secretariat as a post-tsunami project during 2006 and submitted to the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). In early 2009, the project proposal was approved for funding by Sida.
The overall goal of the project is to reduce and prevent the impacts of natural disasters, climate change and sea level rise and to promote sustainable development of the coastal areas in COBSEA member countries through the application of spatial planning for integrated coastal zone management (ICZM) and Ecosystem Based Management (EBM).
The project has a total cost of USD 1,120,000 and has duration of almost 4 years from 1st January 2010 to 31st October 2013. The project will be implemented in six of the COBSEA member countries: Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, with the COBSEA Secretariat assuming the role of the implementing organization and will oversee the project implementation.
Addressing the Challenge of Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Erosion in the East Asian Seas – Initial Implementation of the COBSEA Regional Strategy
The project ‘Addressing the Challenge of Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Erosion in the East Asian Seas – Initial Implementation of the COBSEA Regional Strategy’ was developed and submitted to KOICA in response to the request of the 20th Intergovernmental Meeting of COBSEA to develop a regional guidelines and programme to address sea level rise and coastal erosion in the East Asian Seas region.
The project aims to address the challenge of sea-level rise-induced coastal erosion as a significant and increasingly important threat to the coastal ecosystems, communities and economies of the developing countries of the East Asian Seas region. The main objective of this project is to build capacity in COBSEA developing countries in order to strengthen the sustainability, resilience and wise management of threatened coastal resources and associated ecosystems through the initial implementation of the COBSEA’s Regional Programme for the Sustainable and Ecosystem-Based Management of Coastal Erosion in the East Asian Seas Region” which was developed by COBSEA National Authorities and national experts with the kind support of the Government of Korea.
The Project was approved in December 2011 with a total budget of USD 400,000 from KOICA and Yeosu Organizing Committee. It will be implemented for two years until December 2013 in six of the COBSEA member countries: Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.
Protecting Marine Ecosystems in MFF Countries Using the Green Fins Approach
The project aims to encourage environmentally responsible diving tourism through implementation of the Green Fins approach. Green Fins is an innovative conservation initiative that reduces negative impacts of dive tourism on coral reefs by promoting private sector compliance with a code of conduct to, and raising awareness among regulators, diving companies and their customers. Green Fins was initiated by UNEP and COBSEA and has been developed and implemented through collaboration with Reef World Foundation as the regional technical partner.
Supported by Mangroves for the Future, the project has a budget of 200,000 USD and will be implemented in Maldives and Vietnam for two years from January 2013 and December 2014.
Strengthening the Resilience of Coastal Communities, Ecosystems and Economies to Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Erosion
The overall objective is to strengthen the resilience of coastal ecosystems, communities, local and national economies to the adverse impacts of sea-level rise and coastal erosion through ‘needs-based assessment’, national consultation and prioritization process, and planning and implementation of priority pilot interventions. The project builds mainly on the experience gained by UNEP/COBSEA on the development and implementation of the KOICA/Yeosu Coastal Erosion Project
Implemented in Pakistan and Thailand for two years from January 2013 and December 2014, the project has a budget of 200,000 USD from Mangroves for the Future.
Mapping and Enhancing Natural Resource Governance in Small Island Communities
The project seeks to enable and support natural resource governance on small islands that integrates and builds on the respective strengths of local and community-based management as well as national policy and legal frameworks at different levels. Supported by the Mangroves for the Future, the project has a budget of 200,000 USD and will be implemented in Maldives, Seychelles, Sri Lanka and Thailand for two years from January 2013 and December 2014.
UNEP/GEF Project Preparation Grant (PPG) Implementing the Strategic Action Programme for the South China Sea
UNEP is currently implementing the Project Preparation Grant (PPG) to formulate the full project document of the UNEP/GEF Project Implementing the Strategic Action Programme for the South China Sea for submission to GEF by end of June 2016.
This project aims to assist countries in meeting the targets of the coastal and marine environment components (mangroves, coral reefs, seagrass and wetlands) through implementation of the National Action Plans in support of the SAP, and strengthening the regional co-ordination for the SCS SAP implementation. This project, with a proposed budget of 15 Million USD, will be carried out by COBSEA in partnership with six countries – Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.
Establishment and Operation of a Regional System of Fisheries Refugia in the South China Sea and Gulf of Thailand
This is the fisheries component of the SAP which will be executed by the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Centre (SEAFDEC). The project aims to operate and expand the network of fisheries refugia in the South China Sea and Gulf of Thailand for the improved management of fisheries and critical marine habitats linkages in order to achieve the medium and longer-term goals of the fisheries component of the Strategic Action Programme for the South China Sea.
This 3 Million USD project has been approved by GEF in January 2016 and will soon be implemented by SEAFDEC and the Fisheries Departments of Indonesia, Cambodia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. It is expected that there will be cross representation between this project and the SCS SAP Implementation Project.