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Biodiversity indicators used by policy-makers are underdeveloped and underinvested

On September 18, Science Magazine has published the following article in the Policy Forum section. Many authors contributed to this article: among them Mark Zimsky, GEF Program Manager and Sr. Biodiversity Specialist.

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19 OCTOBER 2009 | Washington DC - In connection with the 9th Meeting of the COP of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, for which the GEF is a financial mechanism, GEF CEO Monique Barbut visited a site in Patagonia with a representative of the Government of Argentina, Mr. Severo Fulia.

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23 OCTOBER 2009 | Washington DC - An Action Plan to address trans-boundary threats to fisheries and living marine resources in the Arafura and Timor Seas, has attracted US$2.65 Million in support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and US$5.45 Million in co-financing from other partners, including the Australian Government, as part of the broader multi-party Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI).

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7 DECEMBER 2009 | Copenhagen – As the climate talks kick off in Copenhagen, key football nations are teaming up for the planet for the biggest sport event of 2010.

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GEF Agency: World Bank
GEF: US$6.17 million
Cofinancing: US$9.5 million

Background:
Colombia is highly vulnerable to the affects of climate change over a wide range of sectors and geographical regions. Melting Andean glaciers will limit water availability for fragile mountain ecosystems, agricultural and domestic purposes, and hydroelectricity. Sea-level rise will cause

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GEF Agency: World Bank
GEF: US$21.05 million
Cofinancing: US$58.5 million

Background:
The transport sector is responsible for more than one-third of CO2 emissions in Latin America, and because of increased motorization and vehicle use, it is the fastest-growing CO2-emitting sector in the region. At the same time, Latin American cities are rapidly

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Project Status: Ongoing (2005-2011)
GEF grant: US$8.550 million
Cofinance: US$33.677 million
Project cost: US$ 42.227 million
Web site: www.span.org.na
Project Manager: Nik Sekhran, Sr Technical Adviser, Biodiversity Environment and Energy Group, UNDP

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