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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

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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)

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A new partnership between the GEF-backed Moringa Investment Fund with a cashew processing company in Benin will benefit thousands of farmers.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.