GEF International Waters:Learning Exchange And Resources Network (IW:LEARN) 4th Phase

Lead country

New York - GEF

Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From March 16, 2016 to September 16, 2020

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 17.8 Operationalize mechanism on technology, innovation, capacity-building
  2. 12.2 Sustainably manage, efficiently use natural resources

Project ID: 5337

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Technical team

  • Oceans and Water Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Cross cutting governance and learning


  • FreshWaters


  • General

Transformed sector(s)

  • Other sectors

UNDP role(s)

  • Policy advice
  • Thought leadership
  • Capacity development / Technical assistance


  • Management operation
  • Capacity building


  • Demonstration sites/Pilot
  • Ecosystem-based management
  • Portfolio learning
  • Awareness raising
  • Institutional capacity building

Social inclusion

  • Women
  • Private sector
  • Local community/CSOs

Gender equality

  • Awareness raising (on gender)

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender responsive


  • Systems pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Reduce exposure

SDG target(s)

  • 17.8 Operationalize mechanism on technology, innovation, capacity-building
  • 12.2 Sustainably manage, efficiently use natural resources

Conventions and protocols

  • Strategic Action Programme

Private sector(s)


Hot topic

  • Multi-stakeholder collaboration

About this project


The goal is to move IW:LEARN from a demonstration phase where successful knowledge management services to GEF IW projects were piloted, tested and replicated, towards a scaled-up project which becomes a hub for global learning on transboundary waters, working both inside and outside the GEF-financed portfolio. This enhanced role as a global knowledge hub will support the scale-up of GEF IW investments globally, as the project will harness experience from more than 22 years of GEF portfolio and partner activities to improve the current and future portfolios and impacts of investments. GEF IW:LEARN will also help GEF IW projects in improving their project outcome sustainability by linking them up to global processes and frameworks, as well as partners at the regional and basin-levels


To strengthen knowledge management capacity and promote scaled-up learning of disseminated experiences, tools and methodologies for transboundary waters management—across and beyond the GEF IW portfolio, together with a global network of partners—in order to improve the effectiveness of GEF IW and partner projects to deliver tangible results and scaled-up investments.

USD $4,127,500

Grant amount

USD $12,122,316

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Source(s) of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($4,127,500)

Implementing partner(s)

  • New York - GEF

Joint agencies

  • UN Environment

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