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What happens when you welcome more than 10 times the typical number of people to your organization’s orientation? A GEF Introduction Seminar like none other.

GEF CEO and Chairperson Carlos Manuel Rodriguez and the multilateral trust fund’s leadership team and technical specialists engaged with hundreds of participants from around the world throughout the seminar, which was held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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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Five years into the Paris Agreement, much progress has already been made in efforts to keep global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius. Despite our progress, there is still a long way to go to achieve the goals set out by the Paris Agreement, and everyone needs to be a part of the solution –  especially women.

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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.

Chile’s vast and varied landscapes are under strain from deforestation, forest fires, drought, and urban growth.

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The GEF is one of six global donors to the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), which works to protect biodiversity by empowering people.

Pablo J. Venegas from CEPF grantee CORBIDI wasn’t surprised to discover four new reptile species in northeastern Peru during a 2019 field expedition.

“The discoveries were within my expectations of the place,” he said. “It’s a poorly surveyed area, and the topography is very complex.”

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The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic seem to reach nearly every part of the economy, and nature-based tourism in Africa is no exception. Closed borders, grounded flights, and restricted movement have slammed this industry, leaving businesses, communities, and individuals without crucial incomes. And a loss in tourism bookings means a loss of funding for communities’ conservation efforts. This, of course, comes on top of existing stressors that have already stretched conservation budgets thin, such as climate change, habitat loss and degradation, poverty, and illegal wildlife trade.

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An isolated community in Jamaica embarked on a project to improve the community's access to water and management of their natural resources. As part of the GEF Small Grants Programme's Community-based Adaptation program, the project's best practices and technical designs have since been replicated across Jamaica and beyond.

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The Global Environment Facility’s latest work program 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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A Belarusian civil society organization has planted more than 1 million trees in a Global Environment Facility-supported effort to help heal damage to the country’s forests inflicted by a widespread outbreak of bark beetles.

“Planting a tree is always about planting hope for the people,” said Anastasia Zhdanovich, Managing Director of the Belarusian Environmental Movement, a non-profit focused on solving environmental problems and fostering a progressive society that values nature.

Zhdanovich has reason to know about the value of planting trees.

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