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The global situation with the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) is evolving rapidly and is a source of great concern to all of us. GEF staff are in close contact with partners and stakeholders to ensure the continuity of urgent environmental projects and programs in developing countries.

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Gustavo Fonseca is Director of Programs at the Global Environment Facility, one of the world’s largest funders of actions to combat the illegal wildlife trade. In an interview, he addressed the animal origins of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the potential power of wildlife trading bans, and the need for greater alignment between science, policy, and environmental action. 

What do we know about where COVID-19 came from?

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Yi Liu has been the national coordinator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) administered GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) in China since 2009. In an interview, she reflected on the ways the COVID-19 crisis has impacted efforts to help local communities address environmental challenges, and shared life lessons from her work.

What is the GEF Small Grants Programme and what does it aim to do?

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Naoko Ishii is CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility, a multilateral trust fund whose $1 billion annual work program helps developing countries address the drivers of environmental damage and degradation. In an interview, she reflected on the root causes of the coronavirus outbreak and the message the pandemic is sending us about the way we live.

What does the coronavirus outbreak mean for international action on the environment?

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Gabriella Richardson Temm leads the Global Environment Facility’s efforts to ensure that gender is systematically addressed in GEF-funded projects and programs, and to coordinate such efforts across the GEF partnership. In an interview, she reflected on her professional path and shared her hopes for International Women’s Day 2020.

Q: When did you first realize that gender and environmental issues are linked?

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Clément Chenost is Co-founder and Managing Director of the Moringa Fund, a private equity investment vehicle supporting sustainable agroforestry in Latin America and Africa. The Global Environment Facility became an equity partner in Moringa in 2015, as part of the GEF’s blended finance portfolio. In an interview, Chenost shared his motivation to launch the Fund, the power of organic certification, and what cashew nuts have taught him about farm-to-fork value chains.

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The global situation with the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) is evolving rapidly and is a source of great concern to all of us. We all need to play our part to keep our communities as safe as possible.

With this in mind, the GEF Secretariat remains open for business but all staff are working remotely, and non-essential travel has been suspended. We are making every effort to maintain business continuity in our operations, and remain in close contact with the GEF’s stakeholders through this challenging period. 

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A five-year, $50 million Global Environment Facility-funded program rolled out by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and partners has made remarkable progress in protecting international waters' biodiversity by rendering fishing in these waters less harmful to several marine species, including sea turtles and tuna.  

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The Ministry of Forests and Environment launched the Integrated Landscape Management to Secure Nepal’s Protected Areas and Critical Corridors (ILaM) at an event in Kathmandu. The $6.6 million project will be implemented in the Terai Arc Landscape for a period of five years.

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As 2019 draws to a close, we are looking back on an important year for the Global Environment Facility and looking forward to the 2020 Super Year with its hopes of progress for nature and people, including new international agreements on oceans, biodiversity, and climate change.

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