The GEF supports adaptation to climate change in developing countries through the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), which supports urgent, medium and long-term adaptation needs in least developed countries (LDCs), and the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), accessible by all developing countries. Established in 2001 at United Nations Climate Change Conference COP7, the two funds also support implementation of the Paris Agreement.
This publication tells the story of a new direction in the GEF Partnership. The aim is clear—to go beyond business as usual and turn the tide of global environmental loss.
With innovation, integration and transformation at its core, GEF-7 Programming seeks maximum impact. Simultaneously, a new set of policies has been developed that aims to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the GEF. The Corporate Scorecard periodically reports on various metrics through which the GEF-7 portfolio is being monitored.
The GEF Council approved a new GEF Policy on Gender Equality (GEF, 2017c) in November 2017. The Policy marks GEF’s increased ambition to ensure gender equality and promote women’s empowerment across its operations. The new Policy responds to the recommendations of the Independent Evaluation Office’s Evaluation of Gender Mainstreaming in the GEF (GEF, 2017a), which was endorsed by GEF Council in May 2017, which found that “there has only been a limited increase in the percentage of projects rated gender sensitive or gender mainstreamed.”
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has been a strong partner and supporter of sustainable development for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) since it was founded over 25 years ago. The GEF has supported the development of green and blue economy approaches in SIDS because nowhere is the inextricable connection between people’s wellbeing, prosperity, and the environment clearer than on small islands. In recent years, growing recognition of the vital importance of the oceans to economies and livelihoods in SIDS has increased calls for integrated blue economy approaches. At the same time, SIDS face fundamental challenges that must be tackled immediately - including high vulnerability to the impacts of climate change, limited land and water resources, and often unsustainable natural resource use.