Overview

The Department of Environment (DoE) is implementing the Strengthening Technical Capabilities to Mainstream and Monitor Rio Convention Implementation through Policy Coordination (RIO Project). This is a four-year project funded by the Government of Guyana (GOG), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) intended to strengthen the technical capacities of agencies and personnel in mainstreaming and monitoring the achievement of the Rio Conventions. The three RIO Conventions are: The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, The United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity and The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification

Rio Conventions

Project Components

The centerpiece of this project is the establishment of an Environmental Information Monitoring and Management System (EIMMS). Rather than create a new database, this project will set out to network existing databases, reconciling their content (in particular indicators) that serve to inform planners and decision-makers about trends in meeting and sustaining global environmental outcomes. The project will strengthen the collection and management of data and information for improved monitoring, including the technical capacities of to use data and information to create knowledge at both the national and sub-national level, with particular attention to decentralized planning and decision-making.

Component A

Strengthening institutional capacities to mainstream and monitor Rio Convention implementation through development policies, programmes and plans. The centerpiece of this component is the creation of the integrated Environmental Information Management and Monitoring System. This will call for the strengthening of the institutional construct and associated management regime for collecting, creating, and transforming data and information into knowledge.

Component B

Strengthening technical capacities for mainstreaming and monitoring Rio Conventions. This component focuses on strengthening the technical capacities of key stakeholders, technical staff, and decision-makers that directly and indirectly affect obligations under the Rio Conventions. Best practices and innovations will form the basis of trainings and learn-by- doing activities to create and use knowledge to achieve global environmental outcomes.

Component C

Improving awareness of global environmental values. Activities under this component will strengthen awareness and understanding of broader set of stakeholders to better appreciate how addressing global environmental obligations under the Rio Convention contributes to addressing important and immediate socio-economic development priorities.

Component D

Updating of the National Capacity Self-Assessment. Activities under this component will update Guyana’s NCSA to reflect post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals and to identify current opportunities to strengthen priority foundational capacities for the global environment. With the new Government’s development agenda emphasizing Green Development, the updating of the NCSA will serve as an opportunity to reconcile and update the current capacity challenges necessary to support the government’s pursuit of green development in tandem with the fulfillment of Rio Convention obligations.

Project Highlight

The centerpiece of this project is the establishment of an Environmental Information Monitoring and Management System (EIMMS). Rather than create a new database, this project will set out to network existing databases, reconciling their content (in particular indicators) that serve to inform planners and decision-makers about trends in meeting and sustaining global environmental outcomes. The project will strengthen the collection and management of data and information for improved monitoring, including the technical capacities of to use data and information to create knowledge at both the national and sub-national level, with particular attention to decentralized planning and decisionmaking.