The Global Environment Facility has launched a new interactive geospatial platform that shows the impacts of the activities it funds, identifying both progress and areas of need as countries work to build a nature-positive, carbon-neutral, and pollution-free world.
The GEF Geospatial Platform integrates satellite imagery with localized data of 1,500 projects, enabling policymakers, financiers, and other stakeholders to see shifts in land and sea health over time. The free, online platform reflects the GEF’s commitment to providing transparent access to its work, and to show where investments are getting results.
“I am delighted that we can provide this information about where investments are taking place, and how these projects are changing conditions at a country and landscape level,” said GEF CEO Carlos Manuel Rodriguez. “This will be an extremely important tool to track results in real-time, and ensure that we allocate resources to places and sectors with the greatest impact.”
The platform allows users to visualize a range of datasets on the map, overlaid onto the location of project activities, which can be sorted by region, country, implementing agency, and focal area. It allows for analysis of changes of forest cover, air quality, and other features.
A key feature is the platform’s ability to visualize the same location before and after project intervention through satellite imagery.
Tom Bui, GEF Council Member for Canada, welcomed the new platform which was unveiled during the Global Environment Facility’s Assembly in Vancouver.
“This pioneering platform will help increase understanding about how GEF financing translates into tangible progress on the ground. This is so important to track results and look at progress from a local as well as international perspective,” he said. “This visualization of environmental data provides decision-makers with actionable information for planning.”
The GEF Geospatial Platform, made available through a partnership with the World Bank, will continue to grow with the additions of new projects and programs. Learn more at: https://www.thegef.org/maps