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UNFCCC: Conference of the Parties Guidance and GEF Responses 20 Years
December, 2014
This booklet summarizes all COP guidance dating from the first COP (COP 1) to COP 19, as well as all corresponding GEF responses. Its goal is to provide full documentation of the evolution of GEF activities and policies as informed by guidance from the COP.
UNFCCC COP
2014 Edition
Old Version (2012)
Sustainable Cities
December, 2014
The GEF is launching a US$100 million integrated program on sustainable cities that will demonstrate how innovation and high impact investment can support a sustainable management of cities.
cities| IAP| Integrated Approaches
English
Spanish
Taking Tropical Deforestation out of Commodity Supply Chains
December, 2014
Many globally traded agriculture products have become indispensable fixtures in the human food chain; making their way into a vast array of foods and goods consumed by billions of people around the world. They represent a significant part of the global commodities trade and have become dominant economic forces in many national and local economies. The environmental footprint of these products in the quest to feed a growing population and meet the aspiration of a rising global middle class has been nothing short of dramatic.
Commodities| deforestation| IAP| Integrated Approaches| Integrated Approaches Pilots
English
Spanish
Innovative Financing for the Global Environment
December, 2014
Drawing on its experience in utilizing debt, equity and risk mitigation products in the past, the GEF is now launching a $110 million pilot program to demonstrate and validate the application of non-grant financial instruments to combat global environmental degradation.
Non-Grant Pilot| Private Sector
English
GEF's Private Sector Engagement in Climate FInance
December, 2014
Together with our dedicated climate adaptation funds, the GEF aims to accelerate climate finance during in the next four years. The newly completed sixth replenishment of the GEF Trust Fund (GEF-6) will enable the GEF to make about US$3 billion available for climate finance, and leverage up to US$30 billion from other sources.
climate finance| Private Sector
English
Spanish
Poaching and the Illegal Wildlife Trade Crisis: The GEF response
October, 2014
Illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife parts is an emerging driver of biodiversity loss. The problem is particularly acute in Africa, where iconic mammals are under siege. Over the past several years, elephant and rhino populations have fallen as poachers slaughter them for their tusks and horns to be sold on the black market, mainly in Asia.
Biodiversity| Program 3| Wildlife
English
Mission to Minamata
October, 2014
How the GEF is helping reduce and eliminate mercury from the global environment
mercury
English
Building Capacity to Implement the Nagoya Protocol: A Review of GEF Support
October, 2014
The GEF has supported ABS for more than a decade. As the financial mechanism of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) the GEF has assisted parties in building the capacities to comply with the third objective of the Convention, “the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources, including by appropriate access to genetic resources and by appropriate transfer of relevant technologies, taking into account all rights over those resources and to technologies, and by appropriate funding”.
ABS| Nagoya Protocol
English
GEF Investments on Payments for Ecosystem Services Schemes
October, 2014
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has engaged in pioneering development of mechanisms that reward good stewardship of natural resources, including the structuring of Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) schemes. For the GEF, the concept of PES includes a variety of arrangements through which the beneficiaries of ecosystem services compensate those providing the services. This publication summarizes the investments of GEF in PES from a variety of institutional, thematic and geographic perspectives. The publication also highlights some of the trends and opportunities for the establishment of PES schemes to generate global environmental benefits. Investments have ranged from global projects aiming at building the human and institutional capacity necessary to establish PES schemes, to stand-alone agreements between buyers and sellers in watersheds of high biodiversity value.
Payment Ecosystem Services| PES
English
GEF Programming Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change, Least Developed Countries Fund, Special Climate Change Fund
October, 2014
Over the past decade, the GEF has financed a pioneering, global portfolio of adaptation projects and programs in over 124 countries with grant resources amounting to $1.18 billion. These interventions are reducing the vulnerability of people, livelihoods, physical assets and natural systems to the adverse effects of climate change across key vulnerable sectors, including agriculture, water resources management, infrastructure, and health. This publication lays out the new programming strategy for the July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2018 period. Building on the GEF’s solid experience in financing climate change adaptation, the Strategy presents the programming priorities for the next four years.
Adaptation| Adaptation LDCF SCCF| LDCF| SCCF
English
Climate Finance for Global Impact
September, 2014
Climate change is the defining challenge of our time. It is no longer a threat; it is already a reality. Atmospheric greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations continue to increase at a rapid pace, and will exceed 400 ppm in the very near term.
Climate Change| IAP| UNFCCC
English
Strengthened Support for Forests
August, 2014
This document presents the GEF-6 strategy in Sustainable Forest Management
Focal Area Strategy GEF 6| Forests
English
The GEF-6 Biodiversity Strategy
August, 2014
The goal of the GEF’s biodiversity strategy is to maintain globally significant biodiversity and the ecosystem goods and services that it provides to society. To achieve this goal,the strategy encompasses four objectives: 1) improve sustainability of protected area systems; 2) reduce threats to biodiversity; 3) sustainably use biodiversity; and 4) mainstream conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity into production landscapes/seascapes and sectors.
Focal Area Strategy GEF 6| GEF 6| strategy
English
Small Island Developing States and the Global Environment Facility: Building Lasting Partnerships
August, 2014
Since the Global Environment Facility (GEF) was founded 22 years ago, the GEF has been a strong partner and supporter of sustainable development for the Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The GEF has supported the development of the green economy in the SIDS because nowhere is the inextricable connection between people’s wellbeing and prosperity and the environment more clear than on small islands.
English
Delivering Global Environmental Benefits for Sustainable Development: Report to the 5th GEF Assembly, México, May 2014
July, 2014
This STAP Report to the Fifth GEF Assembly is intended to demonstrate how the GEF must increasingly: Deliver global environmental benefits within the context of environmentally sustainable development; • Enhance technical and scientific support for collective action to sustain the Earth’s life-support systems through targeted investments; • Enable improved human well-being, health, security, livelihoods and social equity at the same time as environmental benefits; • Support innovation and transformational change to tackle the root causes of inter-connected environmental problems; and • Simultaneously meet multiple environmental and developmental objectives to ensure sustainable futures.
GEB| STAP| sustainability
English
Sustainable Urbanization Policy Breif: Proliferation of Urban Centres, their Impact on the World’s Environment and the Potential Role of the GEF
June, 2014
The world is in the midst of a massive, unprecedented shift in population distribution towards urban centers. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) reports that in 2008, for the first time there were more people living in cities than in the countryside1. Moreover, by 2030, it is estimated that five billion people will live in urban centers, with the predominant growth occurring in Africa and Asia. The newly published IPCC Report (Chapter 12) on Human Settlements, Infrastructure and Spatial Planning2 states that expansion of urban areas is on average twice as fast as urban population growth, and that the expected increase in urban land cover during the first three decades of the 21st Century will be greater than the cumulative urban expansion in all of human history.
Policy Brief| STAP| Urbanization
English
Combating Land Degradation in Production Landscapes: Learning from GEF Projects Applying Integrated Approaches
June, 2014
Learning from GEF Projects Applying Integrated Approaches
Integrated Approaches| Integrated Ecosystem Management (IEM)| Land Degradation| Sustainable Land Management
English
Knowledge Series: India - Sustainable Land and Ecosystem Management Country Partnership Program (SLEM-CPP)
May, 2014
An Overview of the main lessons drawn from the GEF mission to India to observe and understand the IEM approach in combating natural resources degradation.
India| Integrated Ecosystem Management (IEM)| Knowledge Series| Learning Missions| Lessons Learned
English
Roadmap for Gender Equality
May, 2014
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has a long history of investing in local actions geared toward social inclusion to achieve global environmental objectives. Mainstreaming gender1 through GEF programs and projects presents opportunities for enhancing project value as well as advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment. The GEF is committed to furthering its systematic engagement addressing gender mainstreaming during GEF-6, based on the GEF Policy on Gender Mainstreaming2, which was adopted by the GEF Council in May 2011 (refer to Annex 1). The GEF aims to achieve global environmental benefits and sustainable development by addressing issues related to gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Gender| Gender Equality| policy
978-1-939339-94-2 English
The Global Environment Facility in a New Era
May, 2014
New Strategies for New Challenges
Assembly| GEF 6| New Era
English
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