Implementing the source-to-sea approach: A guide for practitioners presents practical steps for the design and implementation of projects that can improve the management of land, freshwater, delta, estuary, coast, nearshore and ocean environments.
The source-to-sea approach directly addresses the linkages between land, water, delta, estuary, coast, nearshore and ocean ecosystems in support of holistic natural resources management and economic development. Implementing the source-to-sea approach: A guide for practitioners supports professionals to apply the source-to-sea approach during project design, implementation and evaluation. Building upon the conceptual framework first developed by the Action Platform for Source-to-Sea Management and the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the guide presents a step-wise approach that can be used at all levels and adapted to local contexts. For each step, it provides relevant background materials, case studies and guiding questions to identify the changes needed to address the impacts of alterations in key source-to-sea flows.
By following this guide, project and programme teams can integrate the source-to-sea approach in the design, planning and implementation of new or existing initiatives supporting holistic management, investments and stakeholder engagement by linking activities from source to sea.
The guide presents a general approach that can be used at all levels and can be adapted to the local context. The guide is intended to be a companion to existing project design, planning and implementation methods. It is expected that users of this guide already have an understanding of the project cycle and have access to adequate design, planning and implementation resources.
This practitioners’ guide builds upon the source-to-sea concept in order to provide guidance for implementing the source-to-sea approach in projects and programmes and fills a gap in how to move from theory to practice by presenting a sequence of steps and guiding practices that will identify the changes needed to address the impacts of alterations in key source-to-sea flows.