The GEF’s biodiversity portfolio has been the largest focal area portfolio in terms of grant amounts provided, and accounts for about one-third of total GEF investment to developing countries and to those with economies in transition.
Since its establishment the GEF has pioneered processes to help countries
build their trust and confidence in working together on issues that affect their shared water resources, including legal and policy reforms.
The GEF’s main goal in the POPs focal area is to protect human health and the environment by helping countries to reduce and eliminate production, use, and releases of POPs, and thereby contribute generally to capacity development for the sound management of chemicals.
Phasing out ozone-depleting substances (ODS) is a highly effective means for achieving immediate, and future, global environmental benefits. Consequently, the GEF allocated more than $183 million to projects to phase out ODS, with an additional $188 million of cofinancing.