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Due to climate change and degradation, the Amu Darya river can no longer sustain farmers in the Labap region of Turkmenistan. A project with funding from the GEF's Special Climate Change Fund and support from the UNDP is educating women on alternative, eco-friendly sources of income.

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The Global Environment Facility’s latest work program, approved by the GEF Council in December 2020, includes a series of projects designed to help countries protect and restore nature amid the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is one of these projects. For details on the Council proceedings, please click here.

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The Global Environment Facility’s latest work program, approved by the GEF Council in December 2020, includes a series of projects designed to help countries protect and regenerate nature amid the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is one of these projects. For details on the Council proceedings, please click here.

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Economic fallout is threatening communities across Asia and the Pacific. Recognizing that strengthened livelihoods are more important than ever in keeping people out of poverty, the United Nations Development Programme is utilizing funding from the GEF Trust Fund and Least Developed Countries Fund to offer climate-resilient livelihood alternatives.

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“My life has changed,” said Nelly Arias from Puno. “Before this training, I used to be afraid that only men could do that type of work, and that women could not do it. I was afraid of working with this kind of equipment, of working with machines. That fear is gone. I now believe we can do so many things.”

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The pandemic continues to reveal the priceless nature of clean drinking water in reducing inequalities. Water is the main defense against COVID-19, and the lack of access exposes people to greater vulnerability, especially women and girls.

According to the United Nations, one in three people in the world lives without clean, potable water. It is projected that by 2040 global demand will increase by more than 50%.

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Empowering women who work to protect wildlife is central to the mission of the Global Wildlife Program (GWP) – a multi-stakeholder partnership financed by the GEF and coordinated by the World Bank. The program is dedicated to wildlife conservation, and reducing poaching, trafficking and demand for wildlife products.

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The Global Environment Facility’s latest work program, approved by the GEF Council in December 2020, includes a series of projects designed to help countries protect and regenerate nature in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is one of these projects.

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What happens when you welcome more than 10 times the typical number of people to your organization’s orientation? A GEF Introduction Seminar like none other.

GEF CEO and Chairperson Carlos Manuel Rodriguez and the multilateral trust fund’s leadership team and technical specialists engaged with hundreds of participants from around the world throughout the seminar, which was held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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