Based on evolving environmental needs, the priorities set by the Government of South Sudan, and the availability of funding, UNEP will develop its portfolio of projects and programmes in South Sudan.
Below is a selection of the programmes that UNEP South Sudan will target in coming months (in no particular order):
- A State of the Environment study of South Sudan through consultation and field-based assessment;
- Conservation of biodiversity by strengthening wildlife conservation programmes and strengthening protected area management initiatives;
- Integration of environmental impact assessments in humanitarian and development projects through capacity building and by including environmental concerns in development planning;
- Integrated water resource and wetlands management;
- Wider stakeholder engagement in forest resource management and utilization through the upscaling of community management of natural forests on communal lands;
- Proper management of municipal waste in Juba and other major towns through the development of policy and regulatory frameworks and public-private partnership in waste management and re-cycling.
- Development and implementation of environmental improvement projects, including building resilience of communities to climate change and other natural disasters, such as floods, extreme weather and desertification;
Global Environment Facility (GEF) Project: Four GEF Enabling Activities (EAs) have been approved for South Sudan, with UNEP as the executing agency. The implementation of most of these EAs is expected to start in mid-2015. These EAs are:
1. National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPA),
2. National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAP),
3. Initial National Communication (INC),
4. National Capacity Self-Assessment (NCSA)
For more information on UNEP’s activities in South Sudan, please contact Arshad Khan, country programme manager, at email@example.com