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Review of the GEF Public Involvement Policy

GEF-CSO Network, August 2014, Pg. 130, 4 MB, English

Indigenous Peoples and Green Climate Fund - A technical briefing for Indigenous Peoples, policy makers and support groups

Forest People Programme & JOAS, Aug 2012, Pag. 34,  3.34 MB English

CommunitiesConnect, a portable knowledge base


GEF-CSO Network in a joint effort with GEF SGP produces a portable knowledge-sharing base, "CommunitiesConnect"  to facilitate good practice exchanges and learning among communities and their organsations around the world. "CommunitiesConnectam is accessible at www.communitiesconnect.net F



GEF Publications

Sustainable Cities

The GEF is launching a US$100 million integrated program on sustainable cities that will demonstrate how innovation and high impact investment can support a sustainable management of cities.

8, 554KB English, Spanish              

Taking Tropical Deforestation out of Commodity

Many globally traded agriculture products have become indispensable fixtures in the human food chain; making their way into a vast array of foods and goods consumed by billions of people around the world. They represent a significant part of the global commodities trade and have become dominant economic forces in many national and local economies. The environmental footprint of these products in the quest to feed a growing population and meet the aspiration of a rising global middle class has been nothing short of dramatic.

8, 4.14MBamEnglish, Spanish              

Mission to Minimata

How the GEF is helping reduce and eliminate mercury from the global environment.

4, 4.53MB English         

GEF Programming Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change, Least Developed Countries Fund, Special Climate Change Fund

Over the past decade, the GEF has financed a pioneering, global portfolio of adaptation projects and programs in over 124 countries with grant resources amounting to $1.18 billion. These interventions are reducing the vulnerability of people, livelihoods, physical assets and natural systems to the adverse effects of climate change across key vulnerable sectors, including agriculture, water resources management, infrastructure, and health. This publication lays out the new programming strategy for the July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2018 period. Building on the GEF’s solid experience in financing climate change adaptation, the Strategy presents the programming priorities for the next four years.

64, 2.65MB English      

Strengthened Support for Forests

The goal for the new GEF-6 SFM strategy is to achieve multiple environmental benefits from improved management of all types of forests. The strategy supports the shift from governance with single sector focus towards management across institutional, sector and commercial boundaries. It contributes to the GEF's enhanced focus on addressing the drivers of environmental degradation. The strategy is applicable to pristine forests, managed forests and degraded forest land under all forms of ownership, tenure, and use regimes including public, private, community, and traditional or customary arrangements.

16, 8.39MB English      
GEF-6 Biodiversity Strategy

The goal of the GEF’s biodiversity strategy is to maintain globally significant biodiversity and the ecosystem goods and services that it provides to society.

40, 2.13MB English      
Small Island Developing States and the Global Environment Facility: Building Lasting Partnerships

Since the Global Environment Facility (GEF) was founded 22 years ago, the GEF has been a strong partner and supporter of sustainable development for the Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The GEF has supported the development of the green economy in the SIDS because nowhere is the inextricable connection between people’s wellbeing and prosperity and the environment more clear than on small islands.

8, 2.2MB English      
Combating Land Degradation in Production Landscapes: Learning from GEF Projects Applying Integrated Approaches

The publication is the result of a new effort on portfolio review in the GEF Secretariat. This effort is intended to promote learning and knowledge synthesis from GEF projects under implementation. This particular portfolio review was focused on projects designed to combat land degradation through application of integrated approaches. It was financed under the two operational programs that preceded the current Land Degradation focal area: Integrated Ecosystem Management (OP 12) and Sustainable Land Management (OP 15). The emphasis was on understanding the catalytic nature of GEF financing to advance integrated approaches in countries affected by land degradation, including processes, practices, tools, and knowledge innovations that were embodied in the projects.

56, 2.23MB English    
Roadmap to Gender Equality

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has a long history of investing in local actions geared toward social inclusion to achieve global environmental objectives. Mainstreaming gender1 through GEF programs and projects presents opportunities for enhancing project value as well as advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment. The GEF is committed to furthering its systematic engagement addressing gender mainstreaming during GEF-6, based on the GEF Policy on Gender Mainstreaming2, which was adopted by the GEF Council in May 2011 (refer to Annex 1). The GEF aims to achieve global environmental benefits and sustainable development by addressing issues related to gender equality and women’s empowerment.

20, 1.01MB English    

Catalysing Ocean Finance
This demonstrates how effective the application of appropriate mixes of market and policy have been in helping countries to address challenges facing the oceans and explores how they could be successfully scaled up.
Pag. 60, 3.76 MB Volume I
Pag. 82,  6.43 MB Volume II

Transfer of Environmentally Sound Technologies
The GEF is a leading public funding source for the transfer of environmentally sound technologies (ESTs) to address climate change, having supported technology transfer activities in 168 developing and transition countries.
Pag. 48, 7.15MB English

Implementing the Poznan Strategic Program on Technology Transfer
Technology transfer plays an increasingly critical role in an effective global response to the climate change challenge. Promoting the transfer of environmentally sound technologies and know-how to developing countries is a key priority for all countries that seek to mitigate future climate impacts.
Pag. 48, 5.71 MB English

Investing in Renewable Energy: the GEF Experience
The application of renewable energy technologies can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and pollution using energy sources such as wind, solar, hydroelectric, tidal, geothermal, and biomass.
Pag. 36, 2.63 MB English
Greening Opportunities at World Events: GEF Investment Experiences
World events, such as the Olympics, provide a unique opportunity to demonstrate projects focusing on adapting to climate change by transfering environmentally sound technologies to developing countries.
Pag. 20, 5.22 MB English

Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) Activities
The GEF promotes conservation and enhancement of carbon stocks through sustainable management of land use, land-use change, and forestry – commonly referred to as LULUCF.
Pag. 28, 4.8 MB English

Financing Adaptation Action
The projects supported through the LDCF and SCCF funds show the way for building resilience to cope with the impacts of a changing climate.
Pag. 40, 2.72 MBEnglish
Principles and Guidelines for Engagement with Indigenous Peoples
The paper briefly describes the main concerns and desires expressed by Indigenous Peoples and other experts with respect to Indigenous Peoples engagement in GEF-financed projects and processes. The paper also summarizes relevant policies and processes of the GEF and GEF Partner Agencies as they relate to engagement with Indigenous Peoples.
Pag. 28, 979 KB English
Achieving the Global Transition to Energy Efficient Lighting Toolkit
This new toolkit is an unparalleled resource for providing guidance for countries to transform their markets to efficient lighting.
Pag. 155, 11.97 MB English

Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS)
A summary of the GEF investments on ABS and the opportunities in support of the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol.
Pag. 12, 1.6 MB English

Financing the Achievement of the Aichi Targets
This publication summarizes accomplishments of the GEF in biodiversity focal area.
Pag. 56, 4.87 MB English

Mercury and the GEF
An overview to the long standing commitment of the GEF to eliminate mercury.
Pag. 8, 1.60 MB English


From Rio to Rio - A 20-Year Journey to Green the World's Economies
An engaging narrative and analysis of the 20 year history of GEF projects.
Pag. 242, 7.43 MB English

Behind The Numbers (2012)
The numbers tell a story: 21 years, $10.5 billion invested directly, $51 billion in cofinancing, and over 2,700 projects in more than 165 countries.
Pag. 24, 2.2 MB English

State of Biodiversity Markets
As more and more governments and businesses consider market-like instruments as tools for biodiversity footprint management, it is increasingly important to understand what is happening, where, and how those tools work. To address this compelling need for more and better information Forest Trends has produced this status and trends report on biodiversity markets. Within the broad spectrum of ‘biodiversity markets,’ the aim is to provide a succinct answer to the question ‘What is happening in biodiversity offset and compensation programs around the world?’
Forest Trends, 2011, Pag. 85,  5.15 MB English
The A to Z of the GEF
A guide to the GEF for Civil Society Organizations
Pag. 64, 15.58 MB English

GEF-5 Focal Area Strategies
Compilation of the Focal Area Strategies for GEF-5.
Pag. 116, 6.4 MB English

Accessing Resources under the LDCF
The Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) was established under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at its seventh session in Marrakech and is managed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The fund addresses the special needs of the 49 LDCs which are especially vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change. As a priority, the LDCF supports the preparation and the implementation of the National Adaptation Programs of Action (NAPAs), country driven strategies which identify urgent and immediate needs of LDCs to adapt to climate change.
Pag. 40, 20.52 MB English
Accessing Resources under the SCCF
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is the managing body of the SCCF and LDCF funds. GEF’s operational policies, procedures and governance structure are applied to these funds, unless COP guidance and LDCF/SCCF Council decide otherwise. Its governing structure is composed of: the Assembly, the Council, the Secretariat, ten Agencies, a Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP), and the Independent Office of Monitoring and Evaluation.
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