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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
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
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
French
Arabic
Chinese (Simplified)
Spanish
Russian
Japanese
Partnership in Practice: Engagement with Indigenous Peoples
May, 2014
Indigenous peoples, and their traditional knowledge and sustainable resource management practices, have contributed effectively to safeguarding our global environment. Tragically, and despite their contributions to the global environment and to human culture, indigenous societies are disappearing at an unprecedented rate. Indigenous peoples worldwide continue to be vulnerable and suffer from devastating poverty, disease and discrimination.
2014| Indigenous People| Indigenous Peoples
978-1-939339-93-5 English
French
Spanish
The GEF and Asia: Two decades of partnership to safeguard the environment
May, 2014
GEF's Work and Projects in Asia and the Pacific
Asia| map
English
Behind the Numbers 2014
April, 2014
The numbers tell a story: 23 years, $12.5 billion invested directly, $58 billion in cofinancing, and over 3,690 projects in more than 165 countries.
2014| Behind| Behind the Numbers| BTN| Numbers
978-1-939339-61-4 English (2014)
Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Practice - A STAP Advisory Document
January, 2014
The challenges confronting the conservation of the planet’s richness of life threaten to overwhelm our collective efforts to limit species loss and degradation of ecosystems and the services that they deliver. The foundation of biodiversity conservation for well over a century have been protected areas (PAs). While successful, they are increasingly vulnerable to land use changes taking place around them. In response to these trends, conservationists and international organizations have developed and actively supported a new biodiversity conservation paradigm: biodiversity mainstreaming.
Biodiversity| Mainstreaming Biodiversity| STAP
English
Assessing the Effects of Terrestrial Protected Areas on Human Well-Being: A STAP Advisory Document
January, 2014
The creation of protected areas (PAs) has been a central strategy of biodiversity conservation for more than a century. Increasingly, in the last few decades of the 20th century a new requirement was added – that the cre¬ation and maintenance of PAs should strive to alleviate poverty, and should in no case exacerbate it. The Durban Accord agreed at the Vth International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress in 2003 was a milestone in the process of mainstreaming PAs in development agendas.
Biodiversity| Protected Areas| STAP
English
GEF Annual Report 2012
January, 2014
Financial statements and audited opinions for the GEF Annual Report FY 2011
Annual Report
GEF Annual Report 2012
GEF Sec. Fin. Statement FY11
GEF Audited TF Fin. Statement
UNEP Audited Fin. Statement FY2011
UNDP Audited Fin. Statement FY2012
UNDP Audit Report FY2011
IBRD Audited Fin. Statement FY2012
The Political Economy of Regionalism: The Relevance for International Waters and the Global Environment Facility
January, 2014
There is strong evidence that contemporary regionalism and regional cooperation influence both the context and quality of transnational policy making in most sectors, ranging from economic development, social affairs, trade, health, and education, to peace and security. The importance of using regional or collective action approaches to address a range of environmental issues is also widely recognized in both policy and research. Indeed, most freshwater and marine resources are transboundary in nature and are of vital importance for economic and social development, food security, and the sustainable use and management of ecosystems.
International Waters| Political Economy| Regionalism| STAP| transboundary
English