International Waters learning Exchange & Resource Network

Best Practice from the GEF IW Portfolio

This section highlights the strategies and guidelines developed by GEF International Waters projects.

Having launched its initial gender policy in 2011, the GEF approved a reinforced policy in November 2017 at the 53rd Council Meeting, shifting the focus from a ‘gender-aware, do no harm’ approach to a ‘gender-responsive, do good’ approach. This requires robust standards in the design, implementation and evaluation of GEF activities, and introducing measures that will allow the GEF, over time, to better leverage strategic opportunities to address gender gaps critical to the achievement of global environment benefits. 

The following provides a set of examples and best practice in developing Gender Mainstreaming strategies by GEF IW projects which are appropriate to their context: 

  1. The MedProgramme Gender Mainstreaming Strategy
  2. Mainstreaming Gender in the Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem
  3. Mainstreaming gender in Large Marine Ecosystems
  4. Benguela Current Convention Gender Policy and Action Plan (supported by BCLME III

GEF IW:LEARN is always looking to include resources and best practice from the entire GEF International Waters Portfolio (freshwater and marine). If you have developed a set of guidelines or a strategy for your project, please notfiy us so we can continue to build out this resource section.