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.

UN Development Programme and the Government of Kyrgyzstan agree on US$ 1m GEF-financed global project to conserve snow leopards.

The Snow leopard has declined by 20% in the past two decades, leaving only an estimated 4,000-6,500 of this iconic species left in the wild. With an effective breeding population of about 2,500, numerous threats face this irreplaceable cat, ranging from illegal hunting to habitat loss and our rapidly changing climate.


25 Years of the GEF

Big birthdays are occasions for celebration, and reflection — and reaching 25 years is a particularly important milestone. For a person, it marks the onset of full maturity, a moment at which soberly to confirm the course to an effective and satisfying adult life, while still retaining much of youth’s enthusiasm and willingness to innovate. And it can be much the same for organizations.
Publication Author: GEF Secretariat
Pages: 250
Date of Publication: Friday, October 21, 2016

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The Global Environment Facility plays a key role in building a strategy covering a wide range of topics and challenges in an ever-changing field. Through its funding and experts, the GEF has created an invaluable data base of knowledge and sustainable growth throughout the world.

Mabe is honoured to work with the GEF to promote and accelerate the use of energy efficient technologies that will both benefit the environment and dramatically improve people's quality of life, while having a positive impact on governments in developing economies.


By Lars Tveen, President, Danfoos Heating

The GEF grant really accelerated the work of the SE4All District Energy Initiative. Without the grant we couldn’t go further faster together.


CAF, the Development Bank of Latin America, has the promotion of sustainable development and the integration of its member countries as strategic pillars. CAF and the GEF share a key role in the environmental protection of the region. This is done through co-financing sustainable development projects that generate regional and global environmental benefits as well as national initiatives to strengthen compliance with international environmental commitments in the framework of the UN.


By Gerd Müller, Federal Minister of Economis Cooperation and Development, Germany,

and Michel Sapin, Minister of Economy, Finance and Industry, France


Why is it that in a country like Colombia, the first project developed and implemented with GEF funding at the beginning of the 1990s had to do with the Conservation of Biodiversity in the Biogeographical Region of Choco, yet today, 25 years later we are preparing a project entitled Biodiversity and Sustainable Development in the Pacific Region in the context of Peacebuilding?


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