Global Environment Facility
Type of Structure: organisation / agency
Regional Scope: global
Parent Organisations:
Child Organisations:
No more in operation: IAASTD
Duration : 1991 to present
Contact Address: no office contact defined

General information and objectives

The GEF unites 182 countries in partnership with international institutions, civil society organizations (CSOs), and the private sector to address global environmental issues while supporting national sustainable development initiatives. Today the GEF is the largest public funder of projects to improve the global environment. An independently operating financial organization, the GEF provides grants for projects related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer, and persistent organic pollutants.

Since 1991, the GEF has achieved a strong track record with developing countries and countries with economies in transition, providing $10.5 billion in grants and leveraging $51 billion in co-financing for over 2,700 projects in over 165 countries. Through its Small Grants Programme (SGP), the GEF has also made more than 14,000 small grants directly to civil society and community based organizations, totaling $634 million.

The GEF also serves as financial mechanism for the following conventions:

  • Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

  • United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

  • Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

  • UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

  • The GEF, although not linked formally to the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer (MP), supports implementation of the Protocol in countries with economies in transition.

For further details, link to the GEF Home Page

Last update: 4/27/22
Source of data: ProClim- Research InfoSystem (1993-2023)

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