In order to enhance the capacity of stakeholders and promote awareness for implementation of Pakistan ’s GEF program in an effective and sustainable manner, a GEF Booklet of Pakistan has been developed in consultation by GEF Cell under supervision of Mr. Kamran Ali Qureshi, GEF Focal Point (Operational & Political) / Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment.
A growing number of multilateral development organizations and international agencies are now using programmatic approaches to more effectively support developing countries and countries with economies in transition. Yet the programmatic approach is not a new modality for the Global Environmental Facility (GEF). At its meeting in December 1999, the GEF Council supported the evolution of GEF support to emphasize synergistic programs that transcend national borders. Since then, we have been dedicated to the principle that our focus should be on programs rather than just simply individual projects.
The world is at critical crossroads for the future of energy. Climate change, increasing dependence on oil and other fossil fuels, growing imports, and rising energy costs are making the developing world more vulnerable than ever before. These challenges call for a comprehensive and ambitious response.
Many chemicals are dangerous to human and ecosystem health. Among the worst is a range of synthetic organic compounds that persist in the environment for long periods of time. GEF’s involvement in tackling the threats posed by these Persistent Organic Pollutants dates back to 1995. In the ensuing years, the GEF has committed US$ 360 million to projects in the POPs focal area and leveraged some US$ 440 million in co-financing to bring the total value of the GEF POPs portfolio to US$ 800 million.The GEF is investing these funds in a range of programs and activities outlined in this publication to rid the world of dangerous chemicals now and forever.
Benefits and Trade-Offs Between Energy Conservation and Releases of Unintentionally Produced Persistent Organic Pollutants: A STAP advisory document
The Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) emphasized a need for capturing synergies and avoiding trade-offs when addressing greenhouse gases (GHG) mitigation and air pollution control. The efficiency of a framework depends on the choice and design of the policy instruments and their integration. Air pollutants and GHGs are often emitted by the same sources, and, therefore, a single set of technologies or policy measures (an integrated approach) has co-benefits for emission reduction. However, there are situations when energy efficiency improvements may have limited or negative impact on the release of air pollutants (trade-offs).
The GEF’s biodiversity portfolio has been the largest focal area portfolio in terms of grant amounts provided, and accounts for about one-third of total GEF investment to developing countries and to those with economies in transition.