Many chemicals are dangerous to human and ecosystem health. Among the worst is a range of synthetic organic compounds that persist in the environment for long periods of time. GEF’s involvement in tackling the threats posed by these Persistent Organic Pollutants dates back to 1995. In the ensuing years, the GEF has committed US$ 360 million to projects in the POPs focal area and leveraged some US$ 440 million in co-financing to bring the total value of the GEF POPs portfolio to US$ 800 million.The GEF is investing these funds in a range of programs and activities outlined in this publication to rid the world of dangerous chemicals now and forever.
Benefits and Trade-Offs Between Energy Conservation and Releases of Unintentionally Produced Persistent Organic Pollutants: A STAP advisory document
The Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) emphasized a need for capturing synergies and avoiding trade-offs when addressing greenhouse gases (GHG) mitigation and air pollution control. The efficiency of a framework depends on the choice and design of the policy instruments and their integration. Air pollutants and GHGs are often emitted by the same sources, and, therefore, a single set of technologies or policy measures (an integrated approach) has co-benefits for emission reduction. However, there are situations when energy efficiency improvements may have limited or negative impact on the release of air pollutants (trade-offs).
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.