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Flying foxes: myths with more bark than bite

It’s Halloween time again, and around much of the world people are decorating with images of ghosts, vampires, witches, black cats, and, of course, bats. For the superstitious, there may be nothing scarier than the flying foxes of the Philippines, whose 2-meter wingspans make them the largest bats in the world!

Countries Converge in the Kyrgyz Republic for New Global Initiative to Conserve the Snow Leopard and High-Mountain Ecosystems

President Atambayev announces snow leopard recovery program to confront poaching, manage landscapes, assist mountain communities and address climate change threats

World Food Day

In celebration of "World Food Day" today, the GEF wants to reiterate the importance of ecosystem services in food production. 

If you are interested to learn how the GEF is helping to reinforce this approach, the easiest way is to flip through our recent synthesis of GEF investments over two decades.

EAP: Threatened Marine Ecosystems Get Boost from US$4.5 Million Grant from the GEF

WASHINGTON, September 30, 2013 – The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a project to support the Capturing Coral Reef and Related Ecosystem Services Project, with US$4.5 million in grant funding provided by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). This regional project will design innovative models for valuing mangrove, sea grass and coral reef ecosystems services to inform policy and decision making for improved environmental stewardship of these critical resources.

GEF CEO Naoko Ishii Points to Urgent Need for Action for Health of Planet

Washington D.C, May 22, 2013 - In observance of the International Day of Biodiversity, Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility, urged a renewed, energized effort to address growing threats to biological diversity worldwide.

Support to Aichi Targets 5 and 12: Trans-frontier Conservation Area in Ghana and Ivory Coast

Project Title/ID: Development of a trans-frontier conservation area linking forest reserves and protected areas in Ghana and Ivory Coast

Approved on: September 10, 2012

Type of Project: Medium Size Project

Country: Ghana and Ivory Coast


GEF Launches 2020 Strategy Effort to Focus on Long-Term Environmental Goals

CEO Naoko Ishii announces effort at biodiversity conference high-level negotiations; strategy will emphasize GEF's role as innovator, partner of choice


HYDERABAD, India, October 17, 2012 – The Global Environment Facility is launching an effort to develop a "GEF 2020 Strategy," setting long-term goals for the environment and positioning the financing institution as an innovator and partner of choice in supporting the achievement of global environmental targets, GEF CEO Naoko Ishii said today.