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The GEF LME:LEARN  series of Marine Toolkits were developed to assist GEF funded projects, and others, working in marine related focal areas to improve their capacity to effectively prepare and manage their respective projects.  They are targeted knowledge sharing and programmatic guidance products to support GEF Large Marine Ecosystems (LME) projects, as well as other GEF Intercoastal Management (ICM),  Marine Protected Area (MPA) and Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) projects.

Stakeholder Participation in Environmental Policy Toolkit
Environmental policy and management only succeed if key stakeholders feel engaged and have bought into the design of the actions concerned. The Toolkit for Stakeholder Participation in Environmenta...
Environmental Economics for Marine Ecosystem Management Toolkit
The purpose of this toolkit is to show how environmental economic methods can be used to produce information to support decision-making in the context of LME, MPA, ICM, MSP and climate change adapt...
Large Marine Ecosystems Strategic Approach Toolkit
Large Marine Ecosystem (LME) Projects are, by definition, “strategic” projects because they cover large territorial areas, involve many stakeholders at different levels and deal with the multiplici...
Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) Toolkit
The MSP toolkit provides practitioners with practical guidance, examples of tools and methods that are necessary for designing and carrying out the MSP process in an LME context.
Large Marine Ecosystems Governance Toolkit
This Governance “toolkit” provides an introduction into governance concepts relevant for Large Marine Ecosystem (LME) practitioners.
LME Scorecard
The Large Marine Ecosystem Scorecard measures the management effectiveness in Large Marine Ecosystems, which include seascapes, Large Marine Protected Areas, locally marine managed areas, etc.
LME Project Cycle Toolkit
The purpose of this Toolkit is to provide a Step by Step document to guide the preparation of LME Project Documents. It utilizes the experiences gained and definitions/formats used in a growing bod...


Manuals and toolkits are targeted knowledge sharing and programmatic guidance tools for practitioners in GEF International Waters and beyond. They cover a range of topics such as the TDA/SAP Methodology, Project Management, Economic Valuation and Publicprivate Partnerships; as well as thematic issues such as mainstreaming Climate Change. You may also directly access the common glossary and library (including case studies and example terms of reference) dedicated to the Manuals.

TDA/SAP Methodology
The Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis/Strategic Action Programme (TDA/SAP) approach is a highly collaborative process that has proven to be a major component of GEF International Waters projects over the last 16 years.
Project Management Manual
The Project Management Manual is a reference source and a guide for managing GEF IW projects. It contains a checklist to consider at every stage from inception to project closure, and gives guidance important topics such as monitoring an...
Public-Private Partnerships Guidebook
The Public-Private Partnerships Guidebook is a reference source and a guide for GEF IW projects. It contains information on the engaging the private sector both generally and in the context for a GEF IW project. This tool contains step b...
Mainstreaming Climate Change Guidance
Welcome to GEF IW:LEARN guidance for projects on climate change and variability. The guidance is designed to assist GEF IW projects with the GEF V requirement to take climate change and variability into consideration in the implementatio...
Economic Valuation of "wet" ecosystems
The GEF Guidance Document for Economic Valuation in IW Projects is a reference source and a guide for GEF IW projects. It contains step-by-step guidance on the economic valuation of ecosystem services of inland and marine "wet" ecosystem...
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