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GEF Innovations in Blended Finance: A Summary
December, 2015
Transforming the world's energy systems, cities, and land-use systems to become low-carbon and resilient will require a large-scale change in global finance flows. The magnitude of financing is in the order of trillions of dollars per year, of which a large amount comes from the private sector. It is therefore critical that scarce public resources are deployed in a way that catalyzes the required redirection of finance. Blended finance aims to achieve exactly that, and therefore has attracted significant interest in recent years.
Blended Finance| Private Sector
English
From Coast to Coast - Celebrating 20 years of Transboundary Management of our Shared Oceans
December, 2015
The world’s oceans and coastal ecosystems provide critical services — food security, livelihoods and coastal protection — for billions of people. Yet these valuable ecosystems lack sustainable governance resulting in continued degradation due to over and destructive fishing, habitat loss and pollution compounded by climate change. Because of their transboundary nature, these multi-country systems represent international public goods making ocean governance particularly complex.
Oceans| Coastal Management
English
GEF Integrated Approach Pilot: Taking Deforestation out of Commodity Supply Chains
November, 2015
Today, soy, beef and palm oil yield about $92 billion a year to producers, many of whom are small-scale rural farmers. These commodities thus become important in many local and national economies. Therefore, sustainability within commodities will only be achieved by linking long-term national sustainable development plans with day-to-day value chain management.
deforestation| Forests| Integrated Approaches Pilots| land use| Commodities
English
UNFCCC: Conference of the Parties Guidance and GEF Responses 1995 - 2014
November, 2015
This booklet summarizes all COP guidance dating from the first COP (COP 1) to COP 19, as well as all corresponding GEF responses. Its goal is to provide full documentation of the evolution of GEF activities and policies as informed by guidance from the COP.
UNFCCC
2015 Edition
2014 Edition
Old Version (2012)
GEF Programming Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change, Least Developed Countries Fund, Special Climate Change Fund
November, 2015
Over the past decade, the GEF has financed a pioneering, global portfolio of adaptation projects and programs in over 124 countries with grant resources amounting to $1.18 billion. These interventions are reducing the vulnerability of people, livelihoods, physical assets and natural systems to the adverse effects of climate change across key vulnerable sectors, including agriculture, water resources management, infrastructure, and health. This publication lays out the new programming strategy for the July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2018 period. Building on the GEF’s solid experience in financing climate change adaptation, the Strategy presents the programming priorities for the next four years.
LDCF| SCCF
English
GEF Integrated Approach Pilot: Fostering Sustainability and Resilience for Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa
November, 2015
The challenge of food security in Africa will intensify in the coming decades. Demand for food will increase sharply in Africa as the African population is set to double by 2050, and as the population in parallel become more affluent. At the same time, with a chronic food deficit, one-quarter of its population undernourished, the lowest crop yields in the world and poor soil quality, Africa’s starting point in terms of food security is challenging. Climate change will further exacerbate the risks facing agriculture in Africa, which is dominated by small farms with few assets and limited capacities to adapt.
Africa| Food Security| Integrated Approaches Pilots| Sub-Saharan Africa
English
GEF Integrated Approach Pilot: Sustainable Cities
November, 2015
Cities consume over two-thirds of global energy supply, and are responsible for 70% of greenhouse gas emissions. Cities are also uniquely vulnerable to climate change: 14 of the world’s 19 largest cities are located in port areas. Climate change adds to the urgency of sustainable urban planning and management, and to the an already broad set of challenges for many city governments revolving around providing jobs, services and housing to growing urban populations
Integrated Approaches Pilots| Sustainable Cities
English
Behind the Numbers 2015: A Closer Look at GEF Achievements
November, 2015
Our numbers tell a story about the depth and breadth of the GEF’s activities: In its 24-year history, the GEF has invested $14.5 billion directly, and leveraged $75.4 billion in additional resources, for 3,946 projects in 167 countries. Rooted in our role as a financial mechanism for the Rio Conventions and other multilateral agreements, the GEF is uniquely placed to help buttress the health of the global commons—the planet’s finite environmental resources, from land and forests to oceans and the atmosphere—which are essential for a thriving world.
English
The GEF and Climate Change - Catalyzing Transformation
November, 2015
Climate change affects every nation and every person. Droughts, violent storms, sea-level rise and other changes are destabilizing critical ecosystems, undermining economic activity and jeopardizing livelihoods across the globe. The climate is a vital Earth system, that if compromised will put everyone’s future prosperity and well-being at risk. Urgent action is needed to drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions, invest in adaptation and build resilience to the growing impacts of our rapidly warming world.
Climate Change
English
The A to Z of the GEF
October, 2015
A guide to the GEF
English
French
Spanish
Reducing Black Carbon Can Save Lives and Help Combat
 Climate Change
October, 2015
A GEFSTAP advisory document.
English
Tackling Global Environmental Challenges through the Integrated Approach Pilots
October, 2015
Report for the GEF Council (June-October 2015)
Integrated Approaches Pilots
English
The GEF and the Sustainable Development Goals
September, 2015
The GEF is uniquely placed to help buttress Earth’s life support systems.
sdg| sustainable development goals
English
ePub - English
Combatting Illegal Wildlife Trade 2015
September, 2015
In response to this growing crisis and to the international call for action, the GEF in June 2015 launched the flagship “Global Partnership on Wildlife Conservation and Crime Prevention for Sustainable Development” program. A $90 million grant from the GEF is helping to mobilize an additional $513 million from a wide range of partners, including the Governments of participating countries, GEF Agencies, bilateral and multilateral donors, foundations, the private sector and civil society.
endangered species| Renewable Energy
English
GEF 2020: Strategy for the GEF
August, 2015
GEF2020 strategy calls for the GEF to focus on the drivers of environmental degradation, support broad coalitions of stakeholders and innovative and scalable activities.
GEF 2020 Strategy
English
French
Spanish
Gender Equality Action Plan
July, 2015
Mainstreaming gender through GEF programs and projects presents opportunities to increase the effectiveness of its investment in enhancing global environmental benefits. The GEF recognizes gender equality as an important social goal in and of itself, with associated implications for the projects that receive GEF support. The GEF aims to achieve global environmental benefits and sustainable development by promoting issues related to gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Gender| Gender Equality
English
Transforming Land Management Globally
July, 2015
Q&A about land in the 6th GEF replenishment phase (GEF-6)
Land
English
French
Spanish
Forests and the GEF: A Brief Look at two Decades of Support for Forests
May, 2015
Over its 24-year history, the GEF has recognized the multiple functions of forests and promoted appropriate management systems to develop long-term, sustainable approaches to maintaining forests, the goods and services they provide, and the livelihoods they support.
Forests| REDD+| SFM
English
Instrument for the Establishment of the Restructured Global Environment Facility
March, 2015
This publication contains the text of the GEF Instrument as amended by the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th GEF Assemblies, (March 2015).
Policy/Procedure
English
Sustainable Land Management Financing in the GEF: A primer for the sixth GEF replenishment phase (GEF-6)
February, 2015
This Primer is primarily intended for entities looking specifically to design projects on sustainable land management (SLM) for submission to the Global Environment Facility (GEF). This Primer addresses all aspects of developing of such a project, including priorities of the GEF as financial mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).
SLM
English