The Food Systems, Land Use and Restoration (FOLUR) Impact Program builds on the momentum and growing commitment by governments and private sector toward a transformational shift in food systems.The Impact Program directly engages 23 countries that were selected on the basis of their strong alignment with the program vision and their high potential to generate global environmental benefits through investments in promoting transformational change.
This brief features a project which promoted integrated forest management in Turkey, demonstrating multiple environmental benefits in high conservation value forests in the Mediterranean forest region.
This brief looks at a project which promotes integrated management of coastal watersheds to conserve biodiversity, contributes to climate change mitigation, and enhances sustainable land use in the Gulf of Mexico and Gulf of California, where impacts from climate change are significant and habitats of globally significant biodiversity are provided.
This brief highlights a project in Niger that is tackling climate change and land degradation, and scaling up sustainable natural resource management for family farming.
The GEF will deploy scarce financial resources where they can be most helpful to all stakeholders—governments, businesses, communities, researchers—to accelerate climate action. Learn more about the GEF’s work in climate change mitigation and adaptation through this publication, as we seek to support and scale climate change solutions in pursuit of systemic transformation.
A GEFSTAP advisory document.
Sustainable Urbanization Policy Brief: Proliferation of Urban Centres, their Impact on the World’s Environment and the Potential Role of the GEF
The world is in the midst of a massive, unprecedented shift in population distribution towards urban centers. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) reports that in 2008, for the first time there were more people living in cities than in the countryside1. Moreover, by 2030, it is estimated that five billion people will live in urban centers, with the predominant growth occurring in Africa and Asia. The newly published IPCC Report (Chapter 12) on Human Settlements, Infrastructure and Spatial Planning2 states that expansion of urban areas is on average twice as fast as urban population growth, and that the expected increase in urban land cover during the first three decades of the 21st Century will be greater than the cumulative urban expansion in all of human history.