Francoise Clottes

Ms. Clottes has been appointed as Director of Strategy and Operations as of February 16, 2017. Her top priorities will be 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.

Gustavo Alberto Fonseca

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.

The UNIDO-GEF project cleaned up more than 10,000 tonnes of POPs pesticide wastes, amounting to 97% of total stockpiles of obsolete POPs pesticides identified nationwide. More than 6,300 tonnes have already been dismantled in the ongoing process. The large-scale site remediation of 105 former POPs pesticide plants through Chinese firms, with technical guidance of UNIDO, has helped to avoid substantial releases into water bodies and the atmosphere.

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In 2013, around 3,500 tonnes of mercury were discharged annually in the mining district of Portovelo-Zaruma, Ecuador’s oldest and most established mining community. According to a monitoring study of the river basin conducted by UNIDO, an estimated 68% of used mercury was recycled. The rest made its way via nearby rivers, spreading as far as the Tumbes River in Peru.

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According to the World Bank, 75% of the Malaysian population lived in urban areas in 2015. With a population growth rate of almost 1.5%, this severely challenges urban planning. UNIDO and the GEF are supporting the Melaka City government to integrate climate risks in urban planning, to improve national strategic policies and to develop incentive schemes and institutional capacity for climate-friendly and resilient urban development.

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UNIDO and IFAD are implementing the IAP in Senegal to disseminate modern technologies among smallholder farmers and upgrade industrial food value chains. This focuses on creating synergies between food and fibre production as well as providing regulatory and service support regarding pollination, water use and genetic diversity to ensure long-term conservation of biodiversity and nutritious food production. UNIDO and IFAD are also tracking impacts on ecosystem services and food security in agricultural production systems at target locations.

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