This publication summarizes accomplishments of the GEF in biodiversity focal area.
DID YOU KNOW that the black rhino is critically endangered despite its ability to go without water for 4 days?
This publication summarizes the GEF investments on ABS and the opportunities in support of the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol.
DID YOU KNOW of all environmental ills, biodiversity loss is the only one likely to be irreversible?
About the World Conservation Congress
The IUCN World Conservation Congress is the world’s largest and most important conservation event. Held every four years, it aims to improve how we manage our natural environment for human, social and economic development.
DID YOU KNOW ... Damara tern(Sterna balaenarum) has become an icon of conservation of species on the Namibian coastline and in Namibia as a whole?
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DID YOU KNOW ... traditional indigenous territories are estimated to cover around 24% of the world's land surface and contain 80% of the earth's remaining healthy ecosystems?
Indigenous people are also responsible for the preservation and maintenance of traditional knowledge and practices that are highly relevant for the sustainable use of biodiversity. For this reason relevant GEF biodiversity projects respect their rights, interests and livelihoods.
Read more about GEF projects and indigenous people!
One more thing! GEF CEO Barbut spoke in Montpellier, France about indigenous people and their key role as keeper of traditional knowledge! Her speech is available here!
DID YOU KNOW ... 40% of the earth’s surface is comprised of ocean that no single nation has control over?
These areas beyond national jurisdiction contain 95% of the ocean’s volume! Managing fisheries and biodiversity conservation in these areas is difficult.
To tackle these challenges, GEF has provided $50 million in grants and co-financed $269.7 million to the Areas Beyong National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) Program. The program teaches sustainable fishing practices and provides links between fishing communities using the same body of water.
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DID YOU KNOW ... South Africa’s Cape Floristic Region represents less than 0.5% of Africa but contains almost 20% of its flora?
The region houses over 9,600 species of plants, and 70% of those are only found there. Sadly the Cape Floristic Region was added to the list of the world’s most threatened biodiversity hotspots in the 1990s because of increasing pressure from agriculture conversion, urban development, and over-exploitation of natural resources. From 2004-2010 GEF funded the Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development Project to encourage conservation and sustainable use of threatened habitats and endemic species within the Cape Floristic Region’s ecosystem.