Madagascar is endowed with large amounts of arable lands, vast deposits of mineral resources, abundant labor, and unparalleled biodiversity. However, Madagascar remains among the poorest countries in the world, facing political instability, agricultural productivity deficits, and severe climate impacts.
In an effort to spread the word about Green Chemistry, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and partners, with funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), have launched a global multi-stakeholder initiative to increase global awareness and to deploy Green Chemistry approaches and technologies.
In 2016 the Global Environment Facility (GEF) approved the Global Opportunities for Long-term Development (GOLD) of the Artisanal Small-scale Gold Mining sector programme to help artisanal gold miners eliminate the use of mercury in gold mining, and reduce harmful risks to their health and the environment.
Message by Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility
Today, the GEF joins the global community in celebrating International Women’s Day. It is an opportune time to reflect on the important role women play in supporting a sustainable future for all.
The illegal trade in wildlife threatens some of the planet’s most iconic species – including the African elephant, black and white rhinos, and pangolins – and affects millions of livelihoods around the world that depend on healthy, balanced ecosystems.
The transition from a conventional economy in the ocean to a “blue” or sustainable economy could be a tremendous economic and investment opportunity, if done right, according to the Economist, organisers of the World Ocean Summit 2017 in Bali.
A diverse group of internationally renowned experts met in Washington DC this week to share technical inputs, ideas and insights for addressing the drivers of environmental degradation, and help kick off the replenishment process for the GEF trust fund.
The Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs), spanning the different proposed priority themes for the next GEF replenishment (GEF-7), discussed potential gaps, synergies and suggestions for future GEF investments laid out in a draft programming directions framework.
Gold mining is the main driver of forest loss and ecosystem degradation in Guyana. But not only are forests at risk, mercury is used in the gold mining process, further contaminating the environment and putting humans and other species’ health at risk.
In an effort to help combat the problem within this important sector of its economy, Guyana has launched a new effort to eliminate mercury use from small-scale artisanal gold mining.