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Beyond the Numbers: Actions by the GEF Partnership to Safeguard the Global Environment

The pressures on the global environment are relentless, outpacing efforts to counteract them. And the stakes could not be higher. The fight for the global environment is a fight for nature and people. People everywhere depend on the health and vibrancy of Earth systems. The sustainable development goals of countries cannot be achieved unless the resource base on which they depend is maintained.

Publication Author: GEF Secretariat
Pages: 48
Date of Publication: Wednesday, September 11, 2019
ISBN:
978-1-948690-66-9

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The Great Green Wall Initiative

Over a decade ago, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), in close partnership with the World Bank, invested in what has become a landmark project for Africa and the world—the Great Green Wall Initiative (GGWI) in the Sahel. Today, with the involvement of a growing number of countries, international agencies, and local communities across the Sahel, life has started coming back to the land, bringing improved food security, jobs, and stability to people’s lives. There is an immense opportunity to build on this success by scaling-up investments for the GGWI.

Publication Author: GEF Secretariat
Pages: 4
Date of Publication: Thursday, September 5, 2019

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Land Degradation

Land degradation is one of the world’s most pressing environmental problems, happening at an alarming pace, and it will worsen without rapid remedial action. Globally, about 25 percent of the total land area has been degraded. When land is degraded, soil carbon and nitrous oxide are released into the atmosphere, making land degradation one of the most important contributors to climate change. It is estimated that 24 billion tons of fertile soil were being lost per year, largely due to unsustainable agriculture practices.
Publication Author: GEF Secretariat
Pages: 4
Date of Publication: Tuesday, August 27, 2019

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Biodiversity

The GEF provides financial resources for developing countries and countries with economies in transition to implement the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The goal of the GEF’s biodiversity strategy is to maintain globally significant biodiversity in landscapes and seascapes. 

To achieve this goal, GEF-7 investments focus on three main objectives:

Publication Author: GEF Secretariat
Pages: 4
Date of Publication: Tuesday, August 6, 2019
ISBN:
978-1-948690-65-2

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GEF-7 Corporate Scorecard - June 2019

With innovation, integration and transformation at its core, GEF-7 Programming seeks maximum impact. Simultaneously, a new set of policies has been developed that aims to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the GEF. The Corporate Scorecard periodically reports on various metrics through which the GEF-7 portfolio is being monitored.
Publication Author: GEF Secretariat
Pages: 16
Date of Publication: Tuesday, June 11, 2019

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Safeguarding the Global Commons

All life on Earth depends on clean air and water, biodiversity, and healthy forests, land, oceans and a stable climate. These global commons—the ecosystems, biomes and processes that regulate the stability and resilience of the Earth system—are the very foundation of our global economy and modern society. Today, they are facing an all-too familiar tragedy of over-exploitation and rapid degradation.

Publication Author: GEF Secretariat
Pages: 16
Date of Publication: Thursday, May 30, 2019
ISBN:
978-1-948690-64-5

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GEF Guidance on Gender Equality

The GEF Council approved a new GEF Policy on Gender Equality (GEF, 2017c) in November 2017. The Policy marks GEF’s increased ambition to ensure gender equality and promote women’s empowerment across its operations. The new Policy responds to the recommendations of the Independent Evaluation Office’s Evaluation of Gender Mainstreaming in the GEF (GEF, 2017a), which was endorsed by GEF Council in May 2017, which found that “there has only been a limited increase in the percentage of projects rated gender sensitive or gender mainstreamed.”
Publication Author: GEF Secretariat
Pages: 33
Date of Publication: Thursday, December 13, 2018

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The GEF and Climate Change - Catalyzing Transformation

We are at a defining moment in time.

The recent IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C confirmed unequivocally that we are already seeing negative impacts of climate change: sea level rise and more extreme droughts and storms. The negative impacts often hit the poor and vulnerable the most—exactly those who have contributed the least to the problem in the first place.

The IPCC Report also illustrates that unfortunately we are not even close to being on track to limit warming to 1.5° C. Neither are we on track to deliver on the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement.

Publication Author: GEF Secretariat
Pages: 12
Date of Publication: Thursday, November 29, 2018
ISBN:
978-1-948690-44-7

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Financing Adaptation to Climate Change at the Global Environment Facility

The GEF supports adaptation to climate change in developing countries through the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), which supports urgent, medium and long-term adaptation needs in least developed countries (LDCF), and the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), accessible by all developing countries. Established in 2001 at COP 7, the two funds also support implementation of the Paris Agreement.

Publication Author: GEF Secretariat
Pages: 4
Date of Publication: Thursday, November 29, 2018

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