Expanded Constituency Workshops keep the GEF National Focal Points, Convention Focal Points and other key stakeholders, including civil society, up to date on GEF strategies, policies and procedures and to encourage coordination. The events enable focal points to meet with their counterparts from other countries in the region. They also allow other GEF partners, especially GEF Agencies, to discuss and review policies and procedures and to share experiences from GEF projects and their integration within national policy frameworks.
The ECWs keep the GEF National Focal Points, Convention Focal Points and other key stakeholders, including civil society, up to date on GEF strategies, policies and procedures and to encourage coordination. These events enable focal points to meet with their counterparts from other countries in the region. They also allow other GEF partners, especially GEF Agencies, to discuss and review policies and procedures and to share experiences from GEF projects and their integration within national policy frameworks.
Francoise Clottes was appointed as Director of Strategy and Operations on February 16, 2017. Her top priorities are leading the development of the GEF’s policy framework to enhance its impact on the protection of the global commons; enhancing internal systems to improve operational efficiency and result focus, and evolving partnerships to adapt to new opportunities and challenges.
Dr. Fonseca is the Director of Programs at the Global Environment Facility. Responsibilities include overseeing the portfolio of investments in biodiversity, climate change mitigation and adaptation, forests and REDD+, transboundary marine and freshwater conservation, chemicals and sustainable land management. A tenured Professor at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Brazil, he was the first Executive Director of Center for Applied Biodiversity before becaming the Chief Conservation and Science Officer of Conservation International. He holds a Master's degree in Latin American Studies and a Ph.D. in Forest Management and Conservation from the University of Florida. He published close to 170 publications articles and books. He received the Oliver Austin Award of the University of Florida’s State Museum for outstanding research in the natural sciences, the Environmental Protection Award of Government of the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, the Distinguished Service Recognition award from the Brazil Biodiversity Fund (Funbio), and the Golden Ark Award, an official order of the Dutch government, the highest environment award of the Netherlands.
Gabriella Richardson Temm leads the Global Environment Facility’s efforts to ensure that gender is systematically addressed in GEF-funded projects and programs, and to coordinate such efforts across the GEF partnership. In an interview, she reflected on her professional path and shared her hopes for International Women’s Day 2020.
Q: When did you first realize that gender and environmental issues are linked?
Clément Chenost is Co-founder and Managing Director of the Moringa Fund, a private equity investment vehicle supporting sustainable agroforestry in Latin America and Africa. The Global Environment Facility became an equity partner in Moringa in 2015, as part of the GEF’s blended finance portfolio. In an interview, Chenost shared his motivation to launch the Fund, the power of organic certification, and what cashew nuts have taught him about farm-to-fork value chains.
Under the 7th GEF replenishment, also known as GEF-7, new Impact Programs on Food Systems, Land Use and Restoration; Sustainable Forest Management; and Sustainable Cities are being developed to address the drivers of environmental degradation in a transformative way and offer the potential for the GEF to support systemic change. The Impact Programs seek to advance the integrated approach which complements GEF-supported projects in specific focal areas.