Capacity Development for Implementing Rio Conventions in Samoa


Samoa ratified the three major Multilateral Environment Agreements (Conventions) in the early 1990s (UNCBD in1994, UNFCCC in 1994 & UNCCD in 1998). Since then, Samoa has been committed to both environmental management and implementing global Conventions. However Samoa struggles to fulfill its obligations as a result of a number of challenges such as sector coordination, fragmentation of data management systems, consistent regulatory framework, land synergies between our development objectives and environmental processes.

In direct response to these issues this UNDP-supported, GEF-Trust Fund financed project, Capacity Development for Implementing Rio Conventions in Samoa, aims to build support onto and into existing and planned initiatives, thereby achieving global environmental benefits at optimum cost.

Project details

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Signature programmes: 
Level of intervention: 
Key collaborators: 
Primary beneficiaries: 
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Government of Samoa
Implementing agencies and partnering organizations: 
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE), Government of Samoa
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Global Environment Facility (GEF)
Project status: 
Source of Funds Pipeline
Financing amount: 
$550,000 (as of 11 December 2012 detailed in PIF)
Co-financing total: 
$500,000 (as of 11 December 2012 detailed in PIF)

Key results and outputs


The project has the three main objectives with the following associated outcomes –

  1. Tools and mechanisms for implementing Rio Conventions are developed. This includes capacity strengthening of Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment  (Corporate services /GEF) to cover all Rio Conventions (Output 1.1) and; Strengthening of existing policies and legal frameworks for the effective implementation of convention obligations (Output 1.2).
  2. Tools and mechansims for public awareness raising and information management are developed through the use of existing strategies by government to fulfill Rio conventions obligations (Output 2.1); Upgrading of existing Resource Information Center and centralized, on-line, coordinated data and information facility to share and disseminate information on the 3 Rio Conventions (Output 2.2); Setting-up of an online system to catalogue, share and disseminate information (Output 2.3) and; Generating public awareness that facilitates the participation of local populations in national efforts to implement Rio Conventions (Output 2.4).
  3. Mainstreaming Rio Conventions into development sectors including integration of the Rio Conventions into the Samoa Development Strategy  2012 - 2016 (Output 3.1); Updating the State of the Environment Plan to continue contributing to associated sector plans, such as tourism, agriculture, health, education (Output 3.2) and; Continuation of timely reports of Samoa’s obligations to to the Rio Conventions (Output 3.3).

Programme meetings and workshops

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Monitoring and evaluation

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Tom Twining Ward
Regional Technical Advisor