Gustavo Alberto Fonseca

Dr. Gustavo Fonseca is the Head of Natural Resources at the Global Environment Facility. Responsibilities as Natural Resources Head include overseeing a portfolio of investments in biodiversity, forests and REDD+, transboundary marine and freshwater conservation, and sustainable land management. A tenured professor of Zoology and Ecology at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, he was the founder and first Executive Director of Center for Applied Biodiversity before becoming 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. Dr. Fonseca published close to 150 publications articles and books, including 14 times in Science, four times in Nature, and twice in PNAS. 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 conservation award of Netherlands.

“Disruptive change is urgently needed if the world's environment – and its economy – are to flourish”, Naoko Ishii, the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) CEO and Chairperson, told a key development conference in New York today.

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Being a member of the GEF is of paramount importance to Argentina. Since joining in 1994, Argentina has been a very active member of the GEF, including in the negotiation of its founding document.

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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has been eager to work with the GEF since its pilot phase. Initially, its engagement was largely ad hoc through the three GEF Implementing Agencies. Based on this experience, it worked with other regional development banks so that they all obtained direct access as GEF Executing Agencies in 2002. We recognised that working together directly can achieve innovation and greater impact by blending GEF’s catalytic grant resources for the global environment with ADB financing for sustainable development.

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From heads of states and business leaders, to environmental activists and avant-garde artists - the 8th NYC Climate Week features events to gather them all and deliver a single critical message across all levels of society - we have been pushing our planet to its limits for far too long. The time to act and change the course is now.

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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 this week.

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.

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