The aim of the project was to collaborate with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), UNDESA, and FAO to develop the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Flagship Programme. This initiative aimed to elevate the importance of marine and coastal ecosystem restoration within the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, focusing on strategic investment, governance changes, and support for restoration efforts in Saint Lucia, Comoros, and Vanuatu. The SIDS Flagship Programme serves as a global example of how SIDS can lead in marine ecosystem restoration, promoting sustainable development.
The project successfully led to the creation of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Flagship Programme in collaboration with UNEP, UNDESA, and FAO. This outcome directed funding and support toward marine and coastal ecosystem restoration efforts in Saint Lucia, Comoros, and Vanuatu, showcasing a model for sustainable development and emphasising the global importance of such initiatives.
Working alongside UNEP, UNDESA and the FAO, HMC supported the development of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Flagship Programme, designed to raise the profile of marine and coastal ecosystem restoration within the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. This Flagship Programme is designed to ensure strategic use of investment to support restoration efforts in an integrated way, including addressing the need change in governance approaches to decouple economic growth from ecosystem degradation.
Based on in-depth country consultation, the Flagship Programme directs funding to Saint Lucia in the Caribbean, Comoros in the Indian Ocean, and Vanuatu in the Pacific and will be implemented by national governments, with the support of UNEP, UNDESA and FAO.
The SIDS Flagship Programme is a beacon of hope for restoring and safeguarding marine and coastal ecosystems. Through this flagship initiative, SIDS take centre stage, leading by example and catalysing positive change across the globe.
Together with UNEP, UDESA and FAO, we have embarked on a journey to amplify the significance of marine and coastal ecosystem restoration, underscoring its importance in underpinning sustainable development and blue economy transitions.
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