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.
At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, one top economist called protecting the global commons an Apollo 13 situation, where failure is not an option, while other prominent economists, scientists and private sector leaders added to the urgency and offered solutions.
Norway announces fund that will raise $400 million by 2020 and could lead to over $1.6 billion in deforestation-free agriculture investments. Fund will protect 5 million hectares in countries that are working to reduce deforestation and forest and peat degradation
Managing pollution and waste soundly promotes economic growth as well as protecting the global commons.
"Have we fallen into a mesmerized state that makes us accept as inevitable that which is inferior or detrimental, as though having lost the will or the vision to demand that which is good?” - Rachel Carson, Silent Spring (1962)
A new partnership between the GEF-backed Moringa Investment Fund with a cashew processing company in Benin will benefit thousands of farmers.
As 2016 comes to an end, we at the Global Environment Facility (GEF) are looking back at some of the year’s achievements that helped place our planet on a path towards a more sustainable and prosperous future.
From investments in oceans protection and eliminating mercury use from small-scale artisanal gold mining, to implementing the Paris Agreement and protecting the Earth’s global commons, 2016 was a year of action.