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GEF Agency: UNDP
Executing Agency: Ministry of Land, Mines, and Energy
LDCF Grant: $2,900,000
Co-financing: $4,653,420

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GEF Agency: UNDP
Executing Agency: Ministry of Agriculture
LDCF Grant: $2,381,500
Co-financing: $6,080,000

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Bairds, Barbados - June 7, 2010

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The seminar hosted by Sr Environmental Specialists Mohamed Imam Bakarr and Ulrich Apel in honor of this internationally recognized day introduced a revised results-based management framework for the GEF land degradation focal area strategy.

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Today, Friday June 11 , marks the kick off for the soccer World Cup 2010. The GEF has contributed to the greening of the World Cup by providing energy efficient lighting of the stadiums and solar street lighting, as part of a GEF/UNEP project to mitigate climate change effects in that particular region, and invested in sustainable transport with UNDP.

However the GEF will also be present throughout the games - on most of the large screens in the stadiums with another key environmental message: "Biodiversity is Life - Biodiversity is Our Life".

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ΩCEANS is a Galatee film about the world's oceans directed by Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud. The Galatee team with the support of the Sloan Foundation on behalf of the Census of Marine Life has been working closely with scientists to ensure the scientific accuracy of the film. The film ΩCEANS offers a dynamic view of marine biodiversity. Its approach is both aesthetic and scientific. The Galatee explorers have documented the grandeur and otherness of life in the ocean.

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Between 2007 and 2014, Uruguay went from having virtual no installed wind generation capacity, to having 500mw, accounting for 10% of electricity generation. This was made possible by the Uruguay wind energy program, which created an enabling environment for renewable energy development. 

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In continuation of the 4th GEF Assembly in Punta del Este, Uruguay, the third day of events proved to be just as eventful as the first two, which had included a Civil Society Forum, plenary sessions, and roundtable discussions. Wednesday’s events were comprised of an address by the President of Uruguay, José Mujica, side events, more plenary meetings, a discussion on GEF country membership, and finally, the closing of the Assembly by GEF CEO and Chairperson Monique Barbut.

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A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) reveals that GEF investments in the Protected Area (PA) network of the Brazilian Amazon have contributed to the recent, steep 75 percent decline in deforestation rates measured from 2004-2009, while at the same time protecting areas of high value for biodiversity.

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Officials and representatives spared no time Tuesday getting straight to work on the second day of the 4th GEF Assembly in Punta del Este, Uruguay. After opening statements by the CEO and Chairperson of the GEF, Monique Barbut, and Vice-President of Uruguay Danilo Astori, there were a series of statements by high-level officials of GEF agencies and representatives of GEF constituencies followed by six roundtable discussions in the afternoon.

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