April 2010

The Greenline - Focus on POP's

In Brief

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have launched the first global project on public health adaptation to climate change. The project involves a series of pilot projects that will seek to increase the adaptive capacity of national health system institutions, including field practitioners, to respond to health risks associated with climate variability and change.

The projects will be executed by Ministries of Health and other relevant national partners in Barbados, Bhutan, China, Fiji, Kenya, Jordan and Uzbekistan. They will all aim to: enhance systems of early warning and early action; build capacity of national actors; pilot specific health risk reduction interventions; and document and share lessons learned in addressing the health risks associated with climate change in their area.

The project will receive US$4.5 million for activities from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) – Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) as well as leverage significant co-financing and in-kind support from 2010–2014.

[WHO Press Release] [Public Health Case Studies] [Climate-L.org Story on the Funding of the Project]


Dr. Robert K. Dixon, Leader, GEF Climate and Chemicals Team participated in UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Expert Group meeting to draft and review a Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation, 1-2 February 2010, Washington, DC.   

The IPCC Special Report contains 11 chapters including:  renewable energy and climate change, bioenergy, solar energy, geothermal energy, hydropower, ocean energy, wind energy, integration of renewable energy in future energy systems, renewable energy and sustainable development, mitigation potential and costs, and policy, finance and implementation.    Approximately 40 experts from around the world participated in the meeting.   The final report should be completed in 2010.


The UNDP GEF Project on Healthcare Waste Management is excited to share its first Project Update report.  The goal of the project is to demonstrate best environmental practices and best available techniques for healthcare waste to avoid dioxin and mercury releases in eight countries: Argentina, India, Latvia, Lebanon, Philippines, Senegal, Tanzania, and Vietnam.  The project facilitates the implementation of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). Since its beginning in August 2008, the project has accomplished multiple national and global activities.  The attached report highlights the project's progress and achievements. For more information about the project, please visit our website at www.gefmedwaste.org


imgThe World Bank Group is undertaking global, multistakeholder consultations on its new Strategy to help its clients achieve environmental sustainability.  The new Strategy is expected to be completed and approved by December 2010. Launched in October 2009, the consultations include an open dialogue on the strategy concept note (available in six languages at www.worldbank.org/environmentconsultations), the preparation of several background papers on key strategic areas and a series of global consultations on the draft strategy.  Comments on the concept note can be provided via web, by email, or by participating to the ongoing consultation events.
Some stakeholders are telling us that the Bank should "close the gap between what it says on environment and what it actually does," others that it should communicate more about the links between development and the environment.  Do you agree?  What do you think the role of the Bank Group should be? Read what others are saying.





New Publications

Cover Many chemicals are dangerous to human and ecosystem health. Among the worst is a range of synthetic organic compounds that persist in the environment for long periods of time. GEF’s involvement in tackling the threats posed by these Persistent Organic Pollutants dates back to 1995. In the ensuing years, the GEF has committed US$ 360 million to projects in the POPs focal area and leveraged some US$ 440 million in co-financing to bring the total value of the GEF POPs portfolio to US$ 800 million.

Cover A large fraction of life on earth is disappearing at a frightening rate, threatening the very basis of human economies, cultures and livelihoods. Over the last 50 years, human activities have changed ecosystems more rapidly and extensively than at any comparable period of time in history.


Cover Our Story, Our Results. GEF investments promote synergies that generate multiple global benefits



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Editor: Patrizia Cocca, GEF Communication Officer, pcocca@thegef.org