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Direct Access for Biodiversity Enabling Activities

In GEF-5, all recipient countries will have access to GEF resources, up to US$500,000 to prepare national biodiversity and biosafety reports, revise national biodiversity strategies, and undertake Clearing–House Mechanism activities per their obligations as Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

The Expected Outputs are 1) the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP), and 2) the biodiversity and biosafety report. To fulfill its convention obligation, the recipient country should submit the completed reports to the CBD, with a copy sent to the GEF Secretariat (

In this exercise, countries are encouraged to follow principles of transparency and inclusiveness of national stakeholders, including civil society.


How to apply

To request support for biodiversity enabling activities through the Direct Access modality countries will submit a proposal to the GEF Secretariat (using the template provided below) that includes a detailed description of the activities that will be carried out as well as their expected cost.

NB: Applications must be submitted to GEF Secretariat via email ( by the GEF Operational Focal Point.

GEF Application for direct access to the GEF trust fund for preparation of the NBSAP, biodiversity and biosafety reports - Template & Instructions