Global Environment Facility

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) was established in 1991 and is one the main multilateral funds for protecting the global environment.

Logo: Global Environment Facility (GEF)
Logo: Global Environment Facility

The GEF is based on a partnership with 18 implementing organisations. The World Bank, UNDP and UNEP have been involved from the outset and have since been joined successively by 15 other organisations: ADB, AfDB, BOaD, CAF, Conservation International, DBSA, EBRD, FAO, FECO, FUNBIO, IDB, IFAD, IUCN, UNIDO und WWF. Other non-governmental organisations and national and bilateral implementing organisations are engaged in implementing GEF projects.

In the 7th replenishment period (July 2018 until June 2022), the GEF has available funding of 4.1 billion US dollars for new projects and programmes. Germany is the second largest donor after Japan for this replenishment period. Within the German government, the BMZ has the lead responsibility for the GEF and represents Germany on the GEF Council.

The GEF finances global environmental protection measures in developing countries in the areas of:

  • biodiversity
  • climate
  • land degradation
  • international waters
  • chemicals (protection of the ozone layer and protection against persistent organic pollutants)
  • conserving forests