CI-GEF PROJECT AGENCY GEF Project Document Improving mangrove conservation across the Eastern Tropical Pacific Seascape (ETPS) through coordinated regional and national strategy development and implementation. Eastern Tropical Pacific Seascape (ETPS)
including Costa Rica, Panamá, Colombia and Ecuador.
Improving mangrove conservation across the Eastern Tropical Pacific Seascape (ETPS) through coordinated regional and national strategy development and implementation.
To implement a comprehensive, multi-government ratified and regionally articulated mangrove conservation strategy in the Eastern Tropical Pacific Seascape (ETPS) countries of Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Ecuador through on-the-ground management activities and the strengthening of national and local policies that inform ridge-to-reef development planning and practices relevant to mangrove conservation.
1.1. The four ETPS countries adopt and advance the regional strategy for the conservation of mangroves elaborated by the Comisión Permanente del Pacífico Sur (Permanent Commission for the South Pacific or CPPS) to implement key mangrove conservation and restoration measures identified in this project by Y2Q4.
1.2. Costa Rica participates in the development of the regional strategy for the conservation of the mangroves via an agreement as a Cooperating Non-Party to the CPPS by Y1Q3.
1.3. Policy makers and national mangrove managers from at least three countries have the tools and capacity to strengthen the implementation of the regional mangrove strategy.
2.1 At least two ETPS countries have updated national mangrove action plans in line with the regional strategy that addresses pressure on mangroves from sources across the ridge-to-reef (watershed) scale by Y2Q4.
2.2. At least two ETPS countries have passed stronger regulations and incentives conducive to mangrove conservation.
3.1. At least two key mangrove ecosystems have updated management plans and/or new local development plans consistent with updated national and regional strategies, taking into account the results of economic valuation studies from this and related projects and building on increased national capacity and support to protect mangroves in a comprehensive ridge-to-reef context by Y2Q4.
3.2. Economic evaluation tools and methodologies developed through the GEF-UNEP Blue Forests and other related projects are tested in at least two ETPS countries during their development phases to maximize applicability to policy and management at local to national scales by Y2Q3.
3.3. Outreach and capacity building for at least 30 local policymakers and stakeholders finalized by Y2Q4.
3.4. At least two demonstration projects that provide incentives and/or that create business opportunities associated with the conservation and sustainable use of mangroves initiated in at least two selected sites by Y2Q4.
Eastern Tropical Pacific Seascape (ETPS) including Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Ecuador.
B.Environmental Context and Global Significance 16
Figure 1. Locations of the four demonstration sites selected across the eastern tropical pacific seascape. The trans-boundary area of interest for Ecuadorian/ Colombian common mangrove policy is also highlighted. 17
C.Socio-Economic and Cultural Context 19
D.Relevant Policies, Laws, Regulations, Rules, and Standards 21
E.Institutional Context 23
SECTION 3: PROJECT JUSTIFICATION 27
A.Problem Definition: Global Environmental Problems and Root Causes 27
F.Barriers to Addressing the Environmental Problems and Root Causes 29
G.Current Baseline (Business-as-Usual Scenario) and Future Scenarios without the Project 30
H.Alternatives to the Business-as-Usual Scenario 34
I.Cost Effectiveness Analysis 35
J.Incremental Cost Reasoning and Expected Contributions to the Baseline 36
K.Associated Baseline Projects 37
L.Project Consistency with GEF Focal Area and/or Fund(s) Strategies 40