GEF Climate Change Mitigation Strategy


GEF-6 (2014 July-2018 June) Climate Change Mitigation Focal Area Strategic Framework

With financing for 600 mitigation projects and programs in over 150 countries to date, the GEF supports countries towards a low-carbon development path. The GEF-6 Climate Change Mitigation Strategy focuses on supporting integrated approaches that combine policies, technologies, and management practices with significant climate change mitigation potential.

 The GEF-6 Climate Mitigation Strategy has three objectives: 

(a)  Promote innovation, technology transfer, and supportive policies and strategies;

(b)  Demonstrate mitigation options with systemic impacts; and

(c)  Foster enabling conditions to mainstream mitigation concerns into sustainable development strategies.

The GEF-6 strategy recognizes GEF’s unique ability to support solutions and actions that tap complementarity and synergy potentials to seek multiple global environmental benefits, across the GEF focal areas.


Examples of support for GEF-6 may include the following

(a) Integrated urban management and infrastructure investment initiatives that encompass sustainable transport, clean energy solutions, urban biodiversity, and structural resilience against projected climate change effects such as fluctuations in energy sources and demands, and extreme events.

(b) Design of urban systems that impose less stress on the ecosystem services within and outside city boundaries.

(c) Forest management that includes biodiversity priorities, sustainable forest management (SFM), and mitigation actions targeting forest depletion drivers, to provide carbon benefits as well as other social and environmental benefits that forest can provide as an ecosystem.

(d) Agricultural practices that responds to land degradation issues and enhance soil quality while reducing agro-based GHG emissions.

(e) Water-food-energy nexus initiatives.

(f) Combined mercury emission reduction and energy efficiency improvement in manufacturing sectors.

(g) Reduction in GHG emissions from landfills coupled with reduction in release of chemical pollutants and contamination.

(h) Integrated mitigation-adaptation projects that promote low-carbon growth with systematic identification of climate vulnerabilities and resilience, in areas such as coastal systems, urban transport and housing.



GEF-5 Climate Change Mitigation Focal Area Strategic Framework

The Climate Change Mitigation Strategy for GEF-5 (2010 July-2014 June) consists of six objectives:

  • Promote the demonstration, deployment, and transfer of innovative low-carbon technologies.
  • Promote market transformation for energy efficiency in industry and the building sector.
  • Promote investment in renewable energy technologies.
  • Promote energy efficient, low-carbon transport and urban systems.
  • Promote conservation enhancement of carbon stocks through sustainable management of land use, land-use change, and forestry.
  • Support enabling activities and capacity building. 


Synergies among GEF-5 and GEF-6 Programs