Global Programme on Nature for Development

Lead country

New York - GEF

Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From July 23, 2018 to July 31, 2023

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 17.14 Enhance policy coherence for sustainable development
  2. 17.16 Enhance global sustainable development partnerships
  3. 17.17 Encourage, promote public, private, civil society partnerships

Project ID: 6193

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Technical team

  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Mainstreaming biodiversity
  • Ecosystem management and restoration


  • Ecosystem-based adaptation
  • Ecosystem-based mitigation
  • Biodiversity financing


  • Conserved areas

Transformed sector(s)


UNDP role(s)

  • Convening / Partnerships / Knowledge Sharing
  • Capacity development / Technical assistance


  • Enabling
  • Management operation
  • Capacity building


  • Mainstream
  • Advocacy (towards policy makers)
  • Community engagement
  • Knowledge/Data management
  • Inter-sectoral coordination
  • Partnerships
  • Institutional capacity building
  • Community capacity building
  • Traditional knowledge application

Social inclusion

  • Indigenous peoples
  • Local community/CSOs
  • Private sector

Gender equality

  • Awareness raising (on gender)

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender targeted


  • Systems pathway
  • People pathway
  • Sci-tech pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Improve resilience
  • Reduce exposure
  • Hazard control/mitigation

SDG target(s)

  • 17.14 Enhance policy coherence for sustainable development
  • 17.16 Enhance global sustainable development partnerships
  • 17.17 Encourage, promote public, private, civil society partnerships

Conventions and protocols


Private sector(s)

  • Capital providers
  • Financial intermediaries and market facilitators
  • Large corporations

Hot topic

  • Nature-based solution
  • Public-private partnership
  • Crisis setting

Project description

To date, progress in achieving global development goals has largely come at the expense of the natural capital upon which human development and wellbeing ultimately depends. Major commitments within recent years (2030 Global Agenda, Paris Agreement, Sendai Framework, New York Declaration on Forests) provide a leverage point by which advocacy efforts can accelerate change. Complementing directly the large portfolio of UNDP supported national ecosystems and biodiversity projects financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and other donors, the Global Nature for Development (NFD) Project focuses on the support for, and advocacy of, nature-based solutions that accelerate sustainable development, with a particular focus on food security, water security, disaster risk reduction, livelihoods, health, economic growth and poverty reduction. The project includes three different initiatives, each at three different scales, to achieve the objective of ensuring that the development trajectory in countries begins to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation, is inclusive, and accelerates multiple development goals at once. These three initiatives are the Equator Initiative, which shines a spotlight on nature-based solutions by local communities and indigenous communities and finds pathways for scaling these solutions up; the National Biodiversity Initiative, which provides support to countries to plan, implement and report nature-based actions that contribute to SDGs; and the Global Biodiversity Initiative, which strengthens the commitments of governments, corporations and communities to take action on the protection, restoration and sustainable use of biodiversity, including through the New York Declaration on Forests. This project includes five modes of action: 1) advocate for change by convening local, national and global events, including ceremonies, dialogues, workshops, meetings, conferences; 2) improve and accelerate identification, knowledge management and sharing of nature-based solutions for sustainable development; 3) foster participation of indigenous peoples and local communities in natural resource policy decisions that affect them; 4) foster communities of practice around key thematic areas and nature-based solutions; and 5) strengthen the capacity of national and local governments, private sector and communities to implement nature-based solutions for sustainable development.

USD $11,770,453

Grant amount


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Federal Ministry for Environment, Germany ($5,409,952)
  • Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany ($717,827)
  • Government of Denmark ($56,019)
  • Estee Lauder Companies ($69,444)
  • UNDP Global Activities ($70,000)
  • Government of Italy ($185,185)
  • National Geographic Society ($412,542)
  • Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation ($1,957,364)
  • Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors ($46,296)
  • RR_ProjLevel_Mgmt&Adm Core Budget ($425,000)
  • Swedish Environmental Protection Agency ($80,955)
  • Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency ($1,541,143)
  • Sustainable Markets Foundation ($366,704)
  • UNDP as AA for JP pass-through ($70,850)
  • United Nations Environment Programme ($186,172)
  • UNDP XB Corp Budget line project ($175,000)

Implementing partner(s)

  • UN Office for Project Services

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