Anna Teh is the Philippines’ Deputy Minister of Environment and Natural Resources and her country’s GEF Operational Focal Point. In an interview, she reflected on why the COVID-19 crisis has given her optimism about the world’s ability to confront climate change, and shared how her experience as a teen parent – and now as a grandparent – underlies her commitment to work in conservation.

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The GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) is excited to announce the start of its new operational phase - Seventh Operational Phase from 2020 to 2024, with a revamped strategy and renewed financial commitments. The SGP is financed by the Global Environment Facility and other partners and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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The International Development Association (IDA) and the Global Environment Facility have since 2016 provided funding to significantly reorganize Guinea’s fisheries sector. This allowed to curb illegal fishing, preserve the resources, share the benefits with communities, and transform the livelihoods of 50,000 people since 2015, mainly women. A newly constructed landing site and a smoking facility will enable to process, each year, 70 tons of fish under improved hygienic conditions.

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Sandy Andelman is Vice President for Conservation Strategy and Partnerships at the Wildlife Conservation Society, an NGO working in 65 countries to protect wildlife and wild places through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. In an interview, she reflected on her work as a member of the GEF COVID-19 Task Force and shared how observing small apes sing in an Oregon zoo started her on a path of scientific inquiry that continues to motivate her decades later.

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