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Title: Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel STAP

Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP)
Why a STAP Module?
  • To make the GEF partners aware of the importance
    of Science and Technology to GEF, and of GEFs
    efforts to engage the scientific and technical
    community more in its operations, particularly at
    the country level, and to establish a dialogue on
    how this can best be done.

The Importance of Science and Technology
  • The complexity and driving forces of the
    processes of global environmental change demand
    interdisciplinary research and analysis
  • Linkages between the focal areas and between
    local and global processes.
  • Addressing the issues in each of the GEF focal
    areas requires sound scientific assessment and
  • The success of GEF depends to a considerable
    extent on scientific understanding of
    environmental change and on the availability of
    information and data.

How does GEF ensure the scientific underpinning
of its policies and operations?
  • It has established a scientific and technical
    body (STAP).
  • Through UNEPs role of catalyzing scientific
    analysis and assessments.
  • It supports methodological projects.
  • It uses technological innovations in its
  • It supports targeted research projects.
  • It includes monitoring and research components in
    its projects.
  • It supports institutional and human capacity

The Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel
 GEFS Science Advisory Group
Composition of the Panel Biodiversity Madhav
Gadgil(India), Chair Christine Padoch (USA), Vice
Chair Paola Rossi Pisa (Italy) Julia Carabias
(Mexico) Setijati Sastrapradja (Indonesia) Climate
Change Michael Colombier (France) Zhou Dadi
(China) Stephen Karekezi (Rwanda) Shuzo Nishioka
(Japan) International Waters Eric Odada (Kenya)
Angela Wagener (Brazil) Cross-Cutting Issues
Dennis Anderson (United Kingdom) Also covers
land degradation   The panel is supported by a
Secretariat based at the UNEP Headquarters in
STAPs Advisory Role
  • Provides advice to the GEF on
  • The scientific and technical knowledge
    related to each focal area highlighting the
    policy and operational implications for the GEF
  • The scientific and technical aspects of
    specific strategic matters such as cross-cutting
    issues and the scientific coherence of GEF
    operational strategies and programmes
  • Targeted research.

STAP means to strengthen scientific underpinning
of the GEF and distill scientific views
  • STAP conducts Selective Reviews
  • STAP convenes Expert Group Workshop
  • STAP organizes electronic forums
  • STAP Chairs the Targeted Research Committee

THE Environment Directory
  • Provides detailed information on
  • Institutions and Experts
  • Project Activities (GEF, non-GEF)
  • Documents (reports, project outputs, etc)
  • Maps and Scientific Data (GIS, measurements, etc)

STAP and the Role of the OFP
  • The ongoing efforts to strengthen the GEF
    Operational Focal Point (OFP) offer opportunities
    to forge partnerships with the S T community.
  • Outreach to the S T community and mechanisms
    for its participation at the national level are
    prerequisites for a structured and effective
    involvement in GEF work.

Potential Partners in Country
  • Government Departments and Agencies
  • Industrial Research Organizations
  • Private Sector Consulting Firms
  • Universities
  • Learned Societies
  • Science-Based NGOs
  • Locally-Based International Organizations
  • Scientific Media
  • Traditional Knowledge Groups

Definition of Targeted Research Projects
  • Goal-oriented research that supports the GEF
    operational strategy by providing information,
    knowledge and tools that improve the quality and
    effectiveness of the development and
    implementation of GEF projects and programmes.

Targeted Research is not a goal in itself
  • Exclusions
  • Research not driven by GEF information needs
  • Research within existing operational mandates of
  • Project or project preparation work
  • Not targeted on recipient countries
  • Activities which cannot be supported under the
    Targeted Research window may be eligible for GEF
    funding when they are a necessary part of
    enabling activities or normal projects.

Targeted research projects are subject to the
same principles as regular GEF projects
  • In addition
  • Proposals must include detailed research
    hypothesis and methodology.
  • Concepts are reviewed by the Targeted
    Research Committee chaired by the STAP Chair.


S T needs in the current phase of GEF
  • Developing approaches to sustainable
    use of biodiversity
  • Assessments of agro-biodiversity and biosafety

Climate Change
  • Adaptation to Climate Change
  • - Workshop in February
  • Non-technology elements of sustainable transport
  • - brainstorming session in March
  • Energy technology assessment in developing
  • Co-operative energy RD initiatives between
    industrialized and developing countries

Climate Change
  • Commercialization strategies for reducing the
    price of advanced energy technologies
  • Power sector reform and its implications for
    GEFs energy programmes

Land and Water
  • ST inputs for the GEFs Global International
    Waters Assessment, Regionally Based Assessment
    of Persistent Organic Pollutants
  • Demonstration of emerging technologies
  • Criteria and guidelines for management and
    destruction/elimination of Persistent Organic
    Pollutants (POPs)
    - Workshop on
    innovative technologies for the elimination and
    of POPs stockpiles in March

Land and Water
  • Review of linkages between international
    waters, climate change, and biodiversity

Cross-cutting Issues
  • Community Based Integrated Land and Water
  • Operationalising OP12

  • Terms of STAP II ends 30 June 2002
  • - POPs Workshop on Technologies for Stockpiles
  • -Adaptation Workshop on Climate Change
  • -Sustainable Transport Workshop
  • -Paper for the Council on strengthening the role
    of STAP
  • -Quadrennial report on ST issues in the GEF
  • -Priorities for STAP III
  • STAP III begins its term 1st of July 2002

  • Mark Griffith
  • STAP Secretary
  • e-mail
  • Anne-Marie Verbeken
  • STAP Programme Officer
  • e-mail
  • Internet- site http//