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Carlos Manuel Rodriguez surfing

A surfer's view on a blue and green recovery

In a blog for IUCN's World Conservation Congress, GEF CEO and Chairperson Carlos Manuel Rodriguez writes how surfing has given him a deeper understanding of oceans and marine life, and a passion for addressing biodiversity loss and climate change.
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Artisanal small gold miners at work in Kenya

Second phase of planetGOLD doubles countries addressing mercury in ASGM

Since 2019, the Global Environment Facility-funded planetGOLD program has supported countries in addressing mercury use in artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM). Now, the program is set to expand, adding 15 additional countries: Bolivia, Ghana, Honduras, Madagascar, Nigeria, Republic of the…
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Palm oil worker harvesting palm oil in Malaysia

How rescheduling debt for climate and nature goals could unlock a sustainable recovery

“As the world continues to struggle with COVID-19, it is faced with urgent, intertwined crises: climate change, biodiversity loss, land degradation, pollution, and international debt.” In a joint op-ed for World Economic Forum, GEF CEO Carlos Manuel Rodriguez and Ibrahim Thiaw, Executive Secretary…
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Panoramic view of the Dniester river

Protecting and valuing water across borders yields many benefits

This year’s World Water Day is focused on valuing water and illustrating how water means different things to different people. Indeed, there is a constant running through the Global Environment Facility’s three decades of work in geographies around the world: water is fundamental to all of the…
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Collecting PCB from transformers for proper disposal

Managing chemicals for a cleaner, healthier planet

Since it was signed 20 years ago, the Stockholm Convention has helped countries throughout the world to carefully manage the use, storage, distribution, and disposal of a particularly dangerous group of hazardous chemicals, the persistent organic pollutants or POPs.  Living in the early 21st…
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Cabuyal beach in Costa Rica

To build back better, we need to rethink global subsidies

In an article for the Davos Agenda 2021, GEF CEO and Chairperson Carlos Manuel Rodriguez says a renewed focus on easing pressures on nature through a green and blue recovery has breathed new life into upcoming negotiations on biodiversity loss, land degradation, ocean conservation, and climate…
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Woman carrying items through the Sahel Desert in Chad

Building corridors of growth through the Sahel and beyond

Temperatures in the Sahel are increasing 1.5 times faster than the global average, and around 80 percent of the farmland has lost some degree of its natural productivity. Together, these factors diminish the availability of land for food production or grazing, deplete water, and increase the…
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Solar panels on roof with mountain and valley landscape in background

Connected technology is accelerating the green revolution

Alignment between policy, finance, and technology is spurring a rapid shift to a new kind of economic development We can resolve the major impact that our energy and transport systems make on the climate. A really big shift is on its way as the expansions of renewable energy, storage, electric…
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Engaging with the private sector for greater impact

Since the landmark Paris Agreement of 2015, there has been a dramatic increase in private sector interest and action related to climate change. In just five years, hundreds of companies have set targets to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and have outlined science-informed plans to…
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Panoramic shot of Machu Picchu

'We want to make Machu Picchu the first carbon neutral Wonder of the World'

José Koechlin, founder and chief executive of Inkaterra, explains how his pioneering business model benefits everything from Machu Picchu to fans of Paddington Bear Tourism is not only a source of inspiration; it’s a human right. We need to travel, to move, to experience the diversity of culture…

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