Investing in sustainable transport reduces carbon dioxide emissions and helps mitigate the potential impacts of climate change. But making these investments also pays off at the local level: we work with stakeholders to expand clean public transportation choices that also have the added benefits of lowering air pollution and reducing traffic congestion. This publication details our efforts in the field toward realizing sustainable urban transport all over the world.
This publication is intended to shed light on GEF experience in Sustainable Forestry Management, perhaps the best-kept secret in the forest financing arena worldwide. It also puts forward guiding ideas on how to build on GEF comparative advantages in financing forests in the coming years, as these invaluable, threatened resources occupy center stage in multiple international agendas.
From Ridge to Reef; Water, Environment and Community Security: GEF Action on transboundary water resources The world’s oceans, rivers, lakes, and groundwater systems do not respect political borders. These large water systems cover most of our planet, but they continue to be managed in a national and fragmented way that is endangering the food supply and livelihoods of billions of people. In this publication we explore just a handful of the GEF International Waters projects that have enabled countries to work collectively and, in many cases, to establish adaptive management institutions.
The latest GEF Annual Report covers the 2008 fiscal years (from July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008).
The financial statements and audit reports are presented separately and are available here.
In the Mediterranean the human footprint driven by economic growth and, to a lesser extent, subsistence requirements has drastically increased. Protecting the environment of the Mediterranean Region —a biodiversity “hotspot”— is a priority for the beneficiary countries, the Global Environment Facility, and its partners, as evidenced in this report
The GEF, over its 17-year history, has extensive experience in the transfer of climate change mitigation and adaptation technologies. A total of around $2.5 billion has been allocated to support climate change projects in over 100 countries. Transfer of environmentally sound technologies is playing a crucial role in the global response to climate change. Lessons learned at the GEF will help improve the efficiency and efficacy of future efforts to transfer ESTs to developing countries
The financial mechanism of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), operated by the GEF, has assisted eligible countries to implement their commitments for achieving the objectives of this unique international legal instrument. Considering that most of the biological diversity is located in developing countries, the importance of the GEF to the CBD remains fundamental. This publication highlights the achievements of the GEF since its inception, summarizes its current investment strategy, and begins to map the way forward for the next phase of the GEF.
This publication captures lessons from the Global UNEP-GEF Biosafety Clearing House (BCH) Capacity Building Project project which has helped 123 countries effectively participate in the BCH through a network of trained regional advisors and a peer- reviewed modular training package.