The Philippines continues to support a productive and resilient planet that benefits human wellbeing through the development of a comprehensive National Portfolio Formulation Document (NPFD) under the eighth cycle of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF-8).
Under the auspices of Atty. Analiza Rebuelta-Teh, the DENR Undersecretary for Finance, Information Systems and Climate Change and the GEF Operational Focal Point (OFP), the Foreign-Assisted and Special Projects Service and GEF OFP Secretariat conducted a consultation on programming directions and project idea generation workshop in Quezon City on May 18-20, 2022.
Aside from introducing the GEF-8 programming directions, the formulation exercise also aimed to validate national strategic priorities and gather project ideas that are aligned with the national priorities and GEF 8 Programming Directions.
The GEF-8 programming architecture builds on GEF-7's success in investing in integrated programming and five focal areas, namely biodiversity, climate change, land degradation, chemicals and wastes, and international waters, to maximize the potential for more impactful outcomes and, ultimately, to support the needs and expectations of five international environmental conventions that GEF is providing funding assistance.
The programming architecture is also based on the "Healthy Planet, Healthy People" framework, which was established due to the clear awareness of the interdependency between human wellbeing and a healthy environment. This interdependence is critical for ensuring that GEF investments are focused on addressing the breakdown in the food, energy, urban, health, and natural systems that support human growth.
The formulation exercise was attended by the members of the Philippines’ Global Environment Facility National Steering Committee, partners from the national government and non-government agencies, civil society organizations, academe, private sector groups, and GEF implementing agencies.
A series of presentations on the country’s priorities for water security and resilience, biodiversity conservation, and coastal and marine resources protection especially in promoting the blue economy, among others, were made during the workshop.
A number of project proposals per focal area were proffered for consideration. These will be improved and incorporated as part of the National Policy Framework Document, which is expected to be completed by October 2022. (FASPS/ Ma. Theresa Corazon Ladrera)