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By Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility 

Big birthdays are occasions for celebration, and reflection – and reaching 25 years is a particularly important milestone. For a person, it marks the onset of full maturity, a moment at which soberly to confirm the course to an effective and satisfying adult life, while still retaining much of youth's enthusiasm and willingness to innovate. And it can be much the same for organizations.

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by Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity

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By Ms. Lucy Mulenkei, Chair of the Global Environment Facility’s Indigenous Peoples Advisory Group (IPAG)

Indigenous Peoples - and our knowledge, lands, cultures and traditions - are continually at risk both directly, due to development and investment activities, and indirectly, through environmental degradation, climate change, and natural disasters among other causes.

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By Aliia Orozakunova, Specialist of the Department of International Cooperation, State Agency on Environment Protection and Forestry of the Kyrgyz Republic

Developing international cooperation over the environment both brings countries significant political and economic benefits and provides a good basis for addressing global and cross-border ecological issues.

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By Dr. Jasmin Abdulaziz Humadi, Deputy Minister of Health and Environment, GEF Operational Focal Point

The Iraqi Ministry of Health and Environment presents its compliments to the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Secretariat and, on behalf of the Iraqi government would like to congratulate it on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of its foundation.

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By P. Emmanuel Munyeneh, Assistant Minister for International Cooperation and Economic Integration, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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By Mohamad Al Mashnouk, Minister of Environment, Lebanon

This story goes back more than twenty years, specifically to 1995.  

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Not long ago, the Republic of Moldova – lacking both mountains and coastlines - was considered to be bereft of tourist attractions. Even its own people did not really realize that there is an exceptional cultural-natural treasury right in the middle of the country, just 50 km from the capital city.

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The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has joined forces with Paraguay’s Ministry of Environment to generate sustainable production alternatives, create opportunities, and improve the quality of life in the most vulnerable communities, and has provided US$1,400,000 in grant funding to the Pas Chaco project.  The sum of US$440,000 was allocated for demonstration practices, with each pilot site receiving US$110,000. The initiative covers over 70,000 hectares and is providing training to some 4,000 persons.

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By David Batali Oliver, GEF, GEF Operational Focal Point, South Sudan

The GEF has played an important role in offering South Sudan the opportunity to join in the global efforts to address such environmental concerns as the climate change and biodiversity loss hat adversely affect our planet Earth.

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