Press Release

New investments in issues ranging from coastal fisheries and conservation funds to combating plastic pollution and expanding marine protected areas were announced by the Global Environment Facility at the Our Ocean conference in Washington DC in September, 2016.

Alongside fellow environment and conservation leaders, the GEF CEO and Chairperson, Naoko Ishii, stressed the need to match political commitments with financial support for the world’s oceans, our vital global commons.


Global treaty to halt invasive aquatic species to enter into force in 2017

Accession by Finland has triggered the entry into force of the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention on 8 September 2017. The BWM Convention is a key international measure for environmental protection that aims to stop the spread of potentially invasive aquatic species through ships’ ballast water.


Hawaii, 3 septembre 2016 - Aujourd’hui, 11 des principales organisations mondiales de la conservation de la natureannoncent un nouveau et ambitieux partenariat pour identifier, cartographier, monitorer et préserver les Zones Clés pour la Biodiversité (ZCB) – des sites qui abritent notamment des habitats vitaux pour les espèces menacées – en y engageant plus de 15 millions de dollars dans les cinq années à venir.


Cette annonce a été effectuée pendant le Congrès mondial de la nature de l’UICN qui se tient actuellement à Hawaii, États-Unis d’Amérique.


Hawaii, 3 September 2016: Today, 11 of the world’s leading conservation organisations announced an ambitious new partnership to identify, map, monitor and conserve Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA)places that include vital habitats for threatened species – with more than US$15 million committed over the next five years.

The announcement was made at the IUCN World Conservation Congress currently taking place in Hawaiʻi, USA.


Washington, DC – June 7 2016 - To help developing countries monitor and report progress in a transparent manner  under the Paris Climate Agreement, a new financial initiative and an associated trust fund was approved today by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council.


The World Bank approved a US$3 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) last week, aimed at helping create the ecological conditions for recovery of threatened biodiversity in China’s Northeast, with a focus on amur tigers.


Jan.28 - The GEF CEO has endorsed a $35 million climate change project to boost energy efficiency market in Chile by promoting the active participation of engineering firms and energy services companies as intermediaries in the development of energy savings and efficiency programs.