Colorful portrait and mural of Gustavo Fonseca in the Gustavo Fonseca Conference Room

The Gustavo Fonseca Conference Room: Honoring a friend and mentor

On August 31, 2022, my friend and colleague Gustavo Fonseca, the Director of Programs at the Global Environment Facility, unexpectedly passed. In his honor, we have dedicated our main meeting room at the GEF offices in Washington, DC as the Gustavo Fonseca Conference Room.Gustavo loved the GEF and…
Man riding bike past a wall mural for CBD COP16

The countdown to biodiversity COP16 in Cali has begun

In February, Gustavo Petro, the President of the Republic of Colombia announced that Cali will be the host city for the sixteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP16) to be held from Oct. 21 to Nov. 1, 2024. “We bow to the most biodiverse…
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Building small island resilience through shared learning: insights from the Caribbean

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean face significant environmental challenges, compounded by their vulnerability to climate change impacts. Addressing wide-ranging challenges including biodiversity loss, land degradation, deforestation, water scarcity, food insecurity, and waste…
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Making water a source of peace with transboundary cooperation

On this World Water Day, we celebrate water as a resource that sustains life on Earth and provides the basis for economic development and prosperity. World Water Day also reminds us that many people around the world face too much, too little, or too dirty water. Over-abstraction of water is…
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Nurturing landscapes, communities, and climate resilience in Kazakhstan

At the crossroads of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, and Uzbekistan, among high and rugged mountain ranges lies Aksu-Zhabagly Nature Reserve - the oldest nature reserve in Central Asia and a part of UNESCO's World Network of Biospheres and World Heritage List. Established in 1926 for its rich…
Grazing cows crossing a road in Zambia

Feeding the world, protecting the environment

More than 820 million people in the world are affected by food insecurity and malnutrition. An additional 2 billion people globally suffer from “hidden hunger” - a lack of essential nutrients such as iron, vitamin A, and zinc. Demand for animal protein products continues to grow, supported by…
Women walking through a trash littered field in Dakar, Senegal

Promoting environmental health in Senegal

As the world is preparing to take stock of progress made to end pollution at the Seventh Assembly of the Global Environment Facility, we are reminded of the critical role we have in promoting environmental health and healthy living. In Senegal more than 2.7 million tons of solid waste are produced…
Firefighters battle a blaze

What firefighters have taught us about working together

They journeyed from 11 countries on five continents. From as far as South Africa and as close as the United States: hundreds of firefighters working to dousing the wildfires that have done unparalleled damage to Canadian forests this year and sent plumes of thick smoke across North America. Their…
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Why gender justice matters for sustainable development

Women and girls are bearing a disproportionate burden in this time of environmental strain. Fires, storms, floods, and droughts have direct impacts on those tasked with collecting water, securing food, and caring for families. At the same time, women’s voices are often sidelined – or missing…
Man and woman stand in front of vegetables on a table

In Ecuador, learning about Land Degradation Neutrality in practice

Countries worldwide have pledged through the UN Convention to Combat Desertification to halt, and then reverse, land degradation that is affecting the health of soils and ecosystems globally. Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) is an innovative approach to achieve this: it aims to prevent and reduce…

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