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Mainstreaming Climate Change Guidance

Welcome to GEF IW:LEARN guidance for projects on climate change and variability, designed to assist GEF IW projects during their implementation.

In particular, these guides are meant to help explain the need for mainstreaming climate concerns and where to find the available wealth of information. However, the guides are not intended to tell projects exactly what to do – this is left to nation/regional experts whom GEF IW projects should be consulting. The guides do indicate the type of discussion/research that should be undertaken at the inception, implementation and the closure of a GEF IW project. The guides also provide examples from the GEF IW Portfolio which bring accessible and practical examples to supplement the extensive list of approaches given in the reference sections.

The guides are split into a Marine (LME and open ocean) section and a Freshwater (rivers, lakes, groundwaters and wetlands) section, with both following a similar form and use of similar material supplemented with ecosystem-type specific knowledge. 

As the subject area is always expanding and the examples of good practices are evolving and GEF IW:LEARN welcomes feedback and suggestions on successful (and not successful) approaches.

Mainstreaming Climate Change Guidance

  1. Introduction
    1. GEF IW
  2. Mainstreaming Climate Change Impacts in GEF IW Freshwater Projects
    1. Part 1 - Introduction to Guidance for Climate Change and IW Freshwater Projects
      1. Objective of this Guidance
      2. Sources of Information
      3. Making use of published climate change guidance
    2. Part 2 - Addressing Climate Change Issues in IW Freshwater Projects
      1. Overview of Part 2
      2. Incorporating climate change issues within IW Projects
      3. Check-lists on Climate Change issues for IW project implementation
      4. Specific climate change issues related to freshwater type
      5. 1) Rivers
      6. 2) Lakes
      7. 3) Groundwaters
      8. 4) Wetlands
    3. Part 3 - References and Bibliography of Guidance for addressing Climate Change in IW Freshwater Projects
      1. References
  3. Mainstreaming Climate Change Impacts in GEF IW Marine Projects
    1. Part 1: Introduction to Guidance for Climate Change and IW Marine Projects
      1. Objective of this Guidance
      2. Sources of Information
      3. Making Use of Published Climate Change Guidance
    2. Part 2: Addressing Climate Change issues in Marine Projects
      1. Overview of Part 2
      2. Incorporating Climate Change Issues Within IW Marine Projects
      3. Check-list on Climate Change issues for IW Marine Project implementation
      4. Specific climate change issues related to marine ecosystem type
    3. Part 3 - References and Bibliography of Guidance for addressing Climate Change in IW Marine Projects - The "Guide to the Guides"
      1. References