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Global Environment Facility

Since 1991 the Global Environment Facility (GEF) has been promoting projects in developing countries which benefit global environmental protection. It was founded in the run-up to the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in response to a Franco-German initiative, and is today the financing mechanism for the international conventions on biological diversity, climate change and persistent organic pollutants. The World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) act as implementing organisations and report to the GEF Council. The GEF provides funds for the following six areas:

  • Climate change

  • Biodiversity

  • International waters

  • Protection of the ozone layer

  • Land degradation

  • Persistent organic pollutants

From mid-2007 to mid-2008 the GEF funded 185 projects with a total of more than four billion US dollars. Germany is the third largest donor behind the USA and Japan. For the period 2006-2010 the Federal Republic of Germany pledged a share of 277.5 million US dollars. The facility will next be replenished in early 2010.

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Global Environment Facility (GEF)

1818 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20433
Phone: +1 / 202 / 4 73 05 08
Fax: +1 / 202 / 5 22 32 40

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