Grassroots organizations and programmes METI WIBDI FSA Community Forestry

Grassroots organizations and programmes meti wibdi

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government officers and NGOs. Grassroots organizations and programmes (METI, WIBDI, FSA, Community Forestry Programme by FD) and their networks will be actively involved in the project implementation, in order to harness and further strengthen existing expertise and skill base and to facilitate maintenance and replication of project results at the local community level. UNDP’s Comparative Advantage 54. Globally, UNDP plays a primary role in ensuring the development and management of capacity building programmes and technical assistance projects, drawing on its experience in human resources development, integrated policy design and implementation, institutional strengthening, and non-governmental and community participation, as well as on its network of country offices and its inter-country programming experience. The proposed project is aligned with UNDP’s comparative advantage, as articulated in the GEF Council Paper C.31.5 “ Comparative Advantages of GEF Agencies ”, in the area of capacity building, providing technical and policy support as well as expertise in project design and implementation. At the national level, UNDP has focused on developing and supporting projects intended to assist the country to develop its own capacity for environmental management for sustainable development and poverty alleviation. 55. UNDP is well placed to lead the ICCRIFS project initiative because of its involvement in a wide variety of concurrent GEF-PAS and related projects as Implementing Agency in Samoa, particularly the NAPA follow up projects in agriculture, health, coastal and tourism sectors (financed through LDCF and SCCF), as well as the community-based adaptation projects through the SPA-financed Global CBA and the AusAid-funded MAP-SGP-CBA projects. UNDP is also the Implementing Agency for the GEF-funded project on Samoa’s Capacity Building and 28
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Mainstreaming of Sustainable Land Management, from which experience can be drawn for the efforts of enhancing resilience of agro-forestry practices under ICCRIFS. UNDP’s Community Centred Sustainable Development Programme (CCSDP) is another example of targeted development support to rural communities of Samoa, being implemented in partnership with MWCSD, MNRE and National NGOs such as Women in Business and South Pacific Business Development. UNDP has continually supported Samoa’s national policy development and has strengthened Samoa’s national capacities and partnerships to ensure attainment of on-going sustainable development initiatives and programmes. The proposed ICCRIFS project will continue the mainstreaming of climate change into national policies and development plans, which is one of the key outputs articulated in the Pacific United Nations Development Assistance Framework 30 (UNDAF) under Outcome 4 on Environmental Sustainability. The Common Country Assessment/UNDAF goal for Samoa is ‘To support the Government of Samoa’s national development vision with a focus on reducing poverty and vulnerability
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