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The “Securing multiple ecosystems benefit through SLM in the productive but degraded landscapes of South Africa (herein referred to as the GEF 5 SLM Project)” is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and three Responsible Parties. The Responsible Parties are the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and Rhodes University (RU) on behalf of the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) as Implementing Partner to this GEF 5 SLM Project.
South Africa’s long-term vision is to establish a “green economy” underpinned by healthy and functioning ecosystems. The key rationale of the GEF 5 SLM Project is to support the national efforts to arresting land degradation and achieving sustainable land management (SLM), which are essential for achieving this vision.
The objective of the project is “to strengthen the enabling environment for the adoption of knowledge-based SLM models for land management and land/ecosystem rehabilitation in support of the green economy and resilient livelihoods through capacity building, improved governance and financial incentives demonstrated in the Karoo, Eastern Cape and Olifants landscapes.”
The design of the project includes four outcomes:
- “Economically viable, climate-smart land/ecosystem rehabilitation and management practices operationalised across 67,300 hectares of the Karoo, Eastern Cape and Olifants landscapes (with potential for upscaling to cover 150,000 hectares)”;
- “Increased knowledge and institutional capacity of DEFF, DAFF, DWA, relevant departments and local communities to reduce degradation from livestock and crop production and to restore currently degraded lands through the application of knowledge-based land management practices.”;
- “Enabling environment for promoting rehabilitation of degraded land through carbon sequestration (including accessing and capitalising on carbon markets and the preparation of monitoring, reporting and verification documentation) in the Eastern Cape strengthened”; and
- Financing and governance frameworks strengthened to support the adoption of SLM approaches.
This Terms of Reference (TOR) relates to the GEF 5 SLM Project Component 2: Financial and policy mechanisms for the adoption of SLM devised and implemented and governance systems support SLM, more specifically, Outcome 4: Financing and governance frameworks strengthened to support the adoption of SLM approaches.