The project is an integral component of the programme "European Union Support to the ECOWAS Peace, Security and Stability mandate (EU-ECOWAS PSS)", implemented 2013-2019, which seeks to support ECOWAS in its capacity to effectively address factors of instability and reinforce a proactive approach to peace-building, conflict prevention and resolution in West Africa.
This project is aligned with the GEF’s strategic objective-Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Production Landscape/Seascapes and sectors, Strengthening the policy and regulatory framework for mainstreaming Biodiversity.
GEF-SGP is rooted in the belief that global environment problems can best be addressed if local people are involved and there are direct community benefits and ownership. GEF-SGP is convinced that with small amounts of funding, members of local communities can undertake activities that will make a significant difference in their lives and environments, with global benefits.
Working with other UN agencies, UNDP Nigeria, though this programme is assisting communities to get to the path of full recovery from the socio-economic slump that the insurgency’s five year long activities has impacted on the region. The programme will address a wide range of areas from those related to local governance of affected communities to their ability to prevent conflict and build structures that support peaceful co-existence and social cohesion.