Bringing together 183 countries in partnership with international institutions, civil society organizations, and the private sector, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) is the largest public funder of projects to improve the global environment. Established in 1991, the GEF has provided $11.5 billion in grants, and leveraged $57 billion in co-financing, for more than 3,215 projects in over 165 countries.
The GEF, an independently operating financial organization, provides grants for projects related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer, and persistent organic pollutants. The GEF also operates as the financial mechanism for a number of conventions including the CBD, UNFCCC, POPs, UNCCD, as well as supporting the Montreal Protocol.
CI has a long history working with the GEF as an Executing Agency on the ground. In June 2013, CI became one of the first non-governmental organizations to advance to the final stage of the accreditation process to become a GEF Project Agency.
Traditionally, the GEF has channeled its funding through United Nations agencies and multilateral development banks. However, in order to broaden its global reach and to allow recipient countries a greater choice of agencies to work with, the GEF has now allowed non-governmental organizations and other institutions to apply for agency accreditation. This is the first time in the GEF’s 22-year history that non-governmental organizations will have the ability to directly access and disburse GEF funding to assist governments and civil society organizations to develop, implement and manage conservation and sustainable development initiatives across the world.
For more information, visit www.thegef.org.