Developing the Concept Note for IUCN’s Great Blue Wall initiative

The Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region boasts a rich coastal and marine environment, harbouring diverse species, including 350 coral types, 2,200 fish varieties, 5 marine turtle species, and over 35 marine mammals. This ecosystem, valued at over USD 25 billion annually, directly sustains more than 60 million people in the region.

In response, at COP26 in Glasgow, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) proposed the Great Blue Wall (GBW) Programme as the Accredited Entity (AE). This programme aims to establish a nature-positive shared ocean vision by creating connected networks of regenerative seascapes.

Focused on inclusive governance, scaling nature-based solutions, and promoting a regenerative blue economy, the programme empowers local communities, benefiting both biodiversity and local livelihoods. Its goal was to empower communities to become stewards of marine ecosystems

Our role

E Co. played a pivotal role in the development of a concept note for ocean-related climate action in the Western Indian Ocean region. This involved sharing working documents and templates, including a draft theory of change, guiding the process. Facilitating an in-person workshop in the Comoros, the team ensured the development of a comprehensive, technically sound, and gender-responsive proposal that meets GCF requirements.

The team also led group discussions, incorporated stakeholders’ inputs, and fostered synergy among participants for coherence in the funding proposal. Post-workshop, E Co. provided support in refining and finalising the concept note, working collaboratively with the project team to ensure alignment with GCF objectives and criteria.

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