Government representatives have approved more than $600 million for two new work programs that include innovative ventures to expand marine protected areas and engage indigenous peoples for biodiversity protection, and for climate change resilience-building efforts in least developed countries.
Local communities should be enlisted as “the first line of defense” against the illegal trade of wild animals and plants, which is much more pervasive and complex than is commonly understood, TRAFFIC Executive Director Steve Broad told participants at the GEF Civil Society Consultation Meetings held in Washington this week.
The 57th meeting of the GEF Council, taking place December 16-19 in Washington DC, will be an opportunity for governments worldwide to take stock of environmental challenges and to chart next steps for shared action in pursuit of sustainable cities and the protection of biodiversity on land and sea.
Weather and climate services are vital for sustainable development and climate change adaptation. The benefits of investment greatly outweigh the cost, and yet the capacity to deliver and access these services is uneven and inadequate, according to a new report.
The 25th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25), taking place in Madrid December 2-13, is a critical opportunity for governments to chart the next frontier of climate action, both in tackling carbon emissions and adapting to a warming planet.
The third meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP3) is taking place from November 25-29 in Geneva, with a focus on ways to protect human health and the environment from releases of mercury related to artisanal and small-scale gold mining.
The World Bank and the city of Paris, France are joining forces to support sustainable city efforts across the globe, especially cities and metropolitan regions in developing and emerging economies. In a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the World Bank and Paris agree to cooperate on sharing knowledge, tools, and good practices with other territories and cities.
FAO and GEF team up in new project to make forest data more transparent, accessible and available
Somalia and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) today launch a new $10 million climate adaptation project to help rural communities secure access to diminishing water supplies. More than 360,000 farmers and pastoralists are set to benefit from sustainable water management, expanded drought and flood early-warning systems, and more profitable livelihoods.
Much of the work of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is not headline-grabbing and involves things like gap analysis, assessments, strategic action plans and capacity-building—training governments in the use of certain databases, for instance.
One such project that falls into this category is Support to eligible countries to produce their 6th National Report to the Convention on Biological Diversity.