The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has pledged $6.17 million over
four years towards a United Nations University (UNU) project called
People, Land Management and Environmental Change (UNU/PLEC).
UNU/PLEC is a demonstration and capacity-building project that aims
to conserve biological diversity in managed agricultural ecosystems. Its members
work in close cooperation with small-scale farmers and pastoralists.
They are documenting and learning from the indigenous ways that these
farmers use to preserve biodiversity on lands that lie at the margins
of forests, semi-arid regions, mountains, wetlands and land corridors.
These plant-saving strategies can then be used to help other
communities where biodiversity is at risk.
The project works through locally-based clusters which have already
been established in several areas: West Africa, East Africa, South-East Asia, Papua
New Guinea and the Amazon. UNU/PLEC creates an innovative
developing-country network, enabling its members in each of these
clusters to communicate easily, exchange information and learn from
The funding provided by the GEF will finance a major expansion of the
work done by UNU/PLEC's regional clusters, especially in the setting up and
development of demonstration sites where they seek out, measure, and
demonstrate sustainable and conservationist practices evolved by local
farmers. Capacity building and networking among the members will also
The Washington-based GEF provides funding to projects that will have
global benefits in one of four areas: biological diversity, climate change, international
waters and the ozone layer. UNU/PLEC responds to the first area - the
conservation of biological diversity. GEF activities are implemented
by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations
Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Bank.
For further information, please contact:
UNU Public Affairs Section
Tel.: (03) 5467-1243 or -1246
Fax: (03) 3406-7346