Biodiversity Matters: GEF's Contribution to Preserving and Sustaining the Natural Systems that Shape our Lives
GEF's Contribution to Preserving and Sustaining the Natural Systems that Shape our Lives
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Roundtable on Land, Water, and Food Security was held on March 26, 2002. Co-chaired by H.E. Dr. S. W. Kazibwe, Vice President of the Republic of Uganda, and Professor M.S. Swaminathan, Chairman of the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, the roundtable focused on the continued degradation of land and water ecosystems worldwide and the implications for food security, particularly in developing countries. Participants offered specific recommendations to promote an integrated approach to natural resource management and to improve food security through sustainable agriculture.
Representatives from China, India, Jordan, Latvia, Mauritius, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Senegal, South Africa, and Vietnam participated in the workshop. These countries were selected on the basis of information generated through the preparation of the Survey of GEF Political and Operational Focal Points, undertaken by Chemonics International in October 1998, and the Study of GEF’s Overall Performance published prior to the first GEF Assembly in March 1998.
The GEF is the single largest source of funding for the global environmnent. Over the last decade, it has committed over $4.2 billion in grants, and leveraged $11 billion in additional funding for more than 1000 in 160 countries
"It focuses on the key issues of energy, forests, biodiversity, land and water degradation and financing. And it proposes practical solutions that build on the World Summit on Sustainable Development and the experiences since the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992."
For more than 50 years, IUCN has helped lead the way for a sustainable world. It is, in truth, a
“world conservation union” encompassing 75 States, 111 government agencies, 732 non-governmental organizations, 36 affiliates, and 12,000 scientists and experts.