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.
En Quintana Roo, en la península de Yucatán, la comunidad de Noh-Bec posee más de 24 000 hectáreas de tierra, la mayor parte de las cuales está forestada; se trata de una combinación de tierras utilizadas para la silvicultura sostenible de bajo impacto, la conservación y la agricultura tradicional.
In Quintana Roo on the Yucatan Peninsula, the community of Noh-Bec owns over 24,000 hectares of land, much of it forested – a mix of land used for low-impact sustainable forestry, conservation, and traditional agriculture.
Special Climate Change Fund helps Plan Maroc Vert: supporting adaptation for the most vulnerable
In the region around Settat, a city between Marrakesh and Casablanca, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) financed the purchase of direct seeding machines so that small farmers could seed without laboring the soil. In a region impacted by a warming climate, this improves the soil structure so it can retain more rainfall in the root zone.
The entry into force of the Paris Climate Change Agreement is a turning point in the international community’s battle to combat the threat of climate change. It is a clear political signal that countries are committed to decisive global action to limit global warming well below 2°C and as close to 1.5°C as possible to prevent devastating climate impacts.
But even with this critical milestone behind us, the work towards a low-carbon, climate resilient future is only just beginning.
All over the globe, in some of the world's most remote places, a new gold rush is well under way. As the price of the precious metal has grown in recent years, millions of people – modern day equivalents of the North America's famed 49ers of the 19th century - have picked up pickaxes and pans to extract it.