What we do

Knowledge is a primary asset of the GEF Partnership, and knowledge generation and sharing are critical for GEF investments to achieve a lasting impact in safeguarding the global environment.

The GEF finances project, programs and initiatives that underpin the generation and exchange of knowledge around global environmental issues, facilitating the capture, synthesis, transfer and uptake of this knowledge within and beyond the GEF Partnership. 

Knowledge & Learning Projects

The GEF has been investing in specialized Knowledge and Learning Projects in several focal areas, developing knowledge hubs and platforms, communities of practice, distance learning and information sharing tools to facilitate learning and knowledge uptake globally. Some examples include:

Adaptation Learning Mechanism: Learning by Doing

This project aimed to maximize adaptation learning through implementation of projects under the GEF’s Strategic Priority on Adaptation (SPA), and to generate knowledge in order to further guide implementation and improve impacts of GEF adaptation projects. The objective of the project was to provide tools and establish a learning platform for mainstreaming adaptation to climate change within the development planning of GEF eligible countries.

GEF ID 2557 | Status: Completed

Knowledge Base for Lessons Learned and Best Practices in the Management of Coral Reefs

The overall goal of this project was to enhance capacity within country institutions to learn from previous experiences of other projects, and to develop and implement coral reef projects which deliver key outcomes effectively and efficiently.

GEF ID 2856 | Status: Completed

Distance Learning and Information Sharing (DLIST) Tool for the Benguela Coastal Areas

The overall aim of DLIST-Benguela was to increase access of local communities to information that is critical to environmental management and the creation of sustainable livelihoods, founded on the Benguela Current’s coastal and marine resources.

GEF ID 2571 | Status: Completed

Development of Best Practices and Dissemination of Lessons Learned for dealing with the Global Problem of Alien Species that Threaten Biological Diversity

The objective of this project was to examine current tools and approaches used to recognize, evaluate and mitigate against invasive species in order to determine best practices, and disseminate this information.

GEF ID 465 | Status: Completed

International Assessment of Agricultural Science and technology for Development

This project aimed to deliver a global and five sub-global assessments of the role of agricultural science and technology in reducing hunger and poverty, improving rural livelihoods, and facilitating development that is equitable as well as environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. IAASTD’s ultimate goal was provide robust information for decision-makers on how to ensure that policies, practices and institutional arrangements enable knowledge, science and technology to contribute to global environmental and development benefits.

GEF ID 2503 | Status: Completed