Main Issue

Climate change is here. The impact of rising temperatures can be seen through more extreme weather patterns, diminishing water resources and crop yields, and weakening marine ecosystems. The most vulnerable populations are those least able to cope.

We must continue mitigation efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But, increasingly, the world needs to focus on adaptation, especially for the poorest countries. Not just to build resilience against future changes, but also to preserve all the efforts to fight poverty in these communities. Read more+


What We Do

The GEF is an operating entity of the financial mechanism to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). We were the first global source of funds for adaptation. As such, we have been at the forefront of international efforts to strengthen the resilience of developing countries to climate change. We channel our support mainly through the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF). Read more+


Since 2001, the GEF — through the LDCF, the SCCF and SPA — has provided over US$1.3 billion in grant financing and mobilized US$7 billion from other sources for 320 adaptation projects in 129 countries, including all LDCs and 33 small island developing states. These projects are expected to directly reduce the vulnerability of at least 17 million people. Read more+