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Mark Zimsky wears two hats at the Global Environment Facility: he manages its biodiversity work globally, and its work in Latin America across all focal areas. In an interview, he reflected on how working on organic farms as a young man deepened and informed his interest in global environmental issues, and shared highlights from his more than 20-year career supporting GEF projects. How did you get into this line of work?
Governments, businesses, and communities around the world worked throughout 2021 to keep advancing global environmental priorities amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are highlights from the collaborative action by the Global Environment Facility and its partners on biodiversity, chemicals, cities, climate change, food systems, ocean health, waste, wildlife trafficking, and more:
“Asuncion Green City of the Americas – Pathways to Sustainability” is one of the GEF investments aiming to support Asuncion’s ambition to become a green and sustainable city. Through an integrated approach, the project seeks to advance integrated land use planning of the Metropolitan Area of Asuncion (AMA), reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transportation and waste, reduce unintentionally produced persistent organic pollutants, and improve protected area management in the AMA.
This publication was produced to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Global Environment Facility. With contributions from across the GEF community, it includes reflections from governments, agencies, conventions and other partners on three decades of collaboration. It was launched at a special event held at the end of the 61st GEF Council on December 10, 2021.
The Global Environment Facility’s member governments, meeting on its 30th anniversary, approved new funding to keep advancing international conservation priorities through the pandemic and to bring 2030 goals within closer reach.