Earlier this month, the World Bank approved a new $33 million project, funded in part by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), to improve sustainable rural livelihoods and forest protection in Zambia.
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has welcomed the announcement by the government of Brazil of a proposal to expand its marine conservation efforts by creating two major protected areas around the Saint Peter and Saint Paul Archipelago and around the Islands of Trindade and of Martim Vaz.
The move represents a potentially significant contribution from Brazil to the global marine protection movement, increasing the protected areas in national seas from current 1.5 percent to 26.3 percent of the national maritime territory.
For UN World Wildlife Day 2018, the global community is focusing on the theme: “Big Cats – predators under threat”. As such, efforts to protect majestic species like the lion, tiger, cheetah, leopard and jaguar, as well as less well-known ones like the iconic snow leopard are in the spotlight.
Three years ago, when Kristin Kagetsu decided to leave her employer, a tech company in America, to return to Ahmedabad in India she had five criteria in mind for her next job. It would need to address women’s needs, be economically as well as socially and environmentally viable, have mechanical engineering as a core feature, be located in India and created through her own startup.
40 businesses and government leaders commit to efforts that cut waste and pollution from our consumption economy, including the Chief Executive Officers of Alphabet, The Coca-Cola Company, Royal Philips, Unilever and the Governments of Indonesia, Nigeria, the People’s Republic of China and Rwanda
Biodiversity is a valuable resource. The world benefits from biodiversity and associated local traditional knowledge, so when these are exploited by parties with large financial resources – for example for the manufacture of pharmaceuticals – source countries need to be compensated.
UN Environment and others are working to ensure that benefits from the use of such resources are used to protect environments and the people who rely on them.
In 2016, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) approved the Global Opportunities for Long-term Development of the Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining Sector (GOLD) programme to help artisanal gold miners eliminate the use of mercury in gold mining, reduce harmful risks to their health and the environment and create sustainable livelihood opportunities.
The people of the Pacific islands may be among the smallest contributors to climate change, but they are on the frontline of its impacts.