CCCD: Capacity Development for improved management of Multilateral Environmental Agreements for Global Environmental Benefits.

Lead country

Trinidad & Tobago

Participating countries

Trinidad & Tobago

Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From July 11, 2017 to July 11, 2021

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 17.9. Build capacity to support national plans
  2. 15.9 Integrate ecosystem values into national planning
  3. 13.2 Integrate climate change into national policies, planning

Project ID: 5372

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Technical team

  • Climate Strategies and Policy Programme

Cross-cutting programme(s)

  • Climate and Forests Programme
  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity Programme
  • Environmental Governance Programme

Technical area(s)




Transformed sector(s)


UNDP role(s)

  • Institutional mechanism and system building
  • Capacity development / Technical assistance


  • Enabling
  • Governance


  • Mainstream

Social inclusion


Gender equality


Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender targeted



Risk reduction target(s)


SDG target(s)

  • 17.9. Build capacity to support national plans
  • 15.9 Integrate ecosystem values into national planning
  • 13.2 Integrate climate change into national policies, planning

Conventions and protocols

  • National Action Plan
  • United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
  • Other Global Conventions

Private sector(s)


Hot topic

  • Multi-stakeholder collaboration

About this project


This project is in line with the Cross Cutting Capacity Development (CCCD) Programme Objectives CD4, which calls for countries to strengthen capacities for management and implementation of convention guidelines. It is also aligned with the second, third and fourth objectives of the GEF-6 CCCD strategy that are (b) strengthening consultative and management structures and mechanisms; (c) integrate Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) provisions within national policy, legislative, and regulatory frameworks; and (d) pilot innovative economic and financial tools for convention implementation. It is a response to the GEF-funded National Capacity Self-Assessment (NCSA) project, which has been conducted in Trinidad and Tobago since 2004 and other assessments. The project is well aligned with the National Environmental Policy (NEP) that sets objectives to balance economic growth with environmentally sound practices and also with the National Spatial Development Strategy (NSDS) that calls for the need to improve environmental legislation and policies as well as the need to improve collaboration and coordination among agencies. Through a learning-by-doing process, this project will implement capacity development activities in Trinidad and Tobago to improve the synergistic implementation of MEAs and, by extension, contribute to global environmental benefits. The GEF grant will enable stakeholders in Trinidad and Tobago to build their own capacities to better manage global environmental priorities and issues based on Trinidad and Tobago's particular priorities and needs. The project will address key capacity development needs related to the implementation of MEAs, seeking to strengthen synergies to achieve maximum profitability, by re-structuring organizational relationships, strengthening partnerships, relationships and commitments, and improved coordination and collaboration. The project will also strengthen the capacity of the Green Fund Executing Unit (GFEU) and of the CSOs seeking to improve the effectiveness of this unique national environmental funding mechanism. Under the first outcome, the project will focus on assessing and structuring an improved consultative and decision-making process that effectively integrates global environmental objectives into the existing environmental management framework in Trinidad and Tobago. Under the second outcome, project resources will be used to support activities to better align projects funded by the GFTT with the implementation of MEAs obligations in Trinidad and Tobago; hence contributing to national environmental benefits and by extension to global environmental benefits.


To implement capacity development activities in Trinidad and Tobago to improve the synergistic implementation of MEAs and contribute to increase national and global environmental benefits.

USD $1,257,800

Grant amount

USD $1,200,000

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($1,257,800)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of Trinidad & Tobago

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