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Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia are working together to gather data, formulate policies, and implement actions to safeguard Andean water resources under a joint initiative supported by the GEF, CAF, and CONDESAN - Consortium for the Sustainable Development of the Andean Ecoregion.

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An initiative that started 50 years ago in India in a bid to empower rural, illiterate women has now spread to 93 countries around the world. The ‘Barefoot’ solar engineers of Sierra Leone, supported by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and funded by the Global Environment Facility, found themselves in the spotlight during an official visit to Sierra Leone by Amina J. Mohammed, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General.

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Due to climate change and degradation, the Amu Darya river can no longer sustain farmers in the Labap region of Turkmenistan. A project with funding from the GEF's Special Climate Change Fund and support from the UNDP is educating women on alternative, eco-friendly sources of income.

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The Global Environment Facility’s latest work program, approved by the GEF Council in December 2020, includes a series of projects designed to help countries protect and restore nature amid the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is one of these projects. For details on the Council proceedings, please click here.

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The Global Environment Facility’s latest work program, approved by the GEF Council in December 2020, includes a series of projects designed to help countries protect and regenerate nature amid the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is one of these projects. For details on the Council proceedings, please click here.

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Economic fallout is threatening communities across Asia and the Pacific. Recognizing that strengthened livelihoods are more important than ever in keeping people out of poverty, the United Nations Development Programme is utilizing funding from the GEF Trust Fund and Least Developed Countries Fund to offer climate-resilient livelihood alternatives.

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“My life has changed,” said Nelly Arias from Puno. “Before this training, I used to be afraid that only men could do that type of work, and that women could not do it. I was afraid of working with this kind of equipment, of working with machines. That fear is gone. I now believe we can do so many things.”

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The pandemic continues to reveal the priceless nature of clean drinking water in reducing inequalities. Water is the main defense against COVID-19, and the lack of access exposes people to greater vulnerability, especially women and girls.

According to the United Nations, one in three people in the world lives without clean, potable water. It is projected that by 2040 global demand will increase by more than 50%.

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Empowering women who work to protect wildlife is central to the mission of the Global Wildlife Program (GWP) – a multi-stakeholder partnership financed by the GEF and coordinated by the World Bank. The program is dedicated to wildlife conservation, and reducing poaching, trafficking and demand for wildlife products.

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The Global Environment Facility’s latest work program, approved by the GEF Council in December 2020, includes a series of projects designed to help countries protect and regenerate nature in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is one of these projects.

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