GEF-IUCN partnership

GEF overview

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) was established on the eve of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit to help tackle our planet’s most pressing environmental problems. Since then, the GEF has provided US$ 14.5 billion in grants and mobilised US$ 75.4 billion in additional financing for almost 4,000 projects. It has grown into an international partnership of 183 countries, international institutions, civil society organisations and the private sector to address global environmental issues.

The GEF serves as the financial mechanism for the following conventions:

The GEF, although not linked formally to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, supports implementation of the Protocol in transition economies.

The GEF administers the Least Developed Countries Fund and Special Climate Change Fund which were established by the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC. It also administers the Nagoya Protocol Implementation Fund established by the CBD on access and benefit sharing in relation to genetic resources. In addition, the GEF Secretariat hosts the Adaptation Fund Board Secretariat. 

There are currently 18 GEF implementing partners:

  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  • African Development Bank (AFDB)
  • Development Bank of Latin America (CAF)
  • Conservation International (CI)
  • Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA)
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
  • Foreign Economic Cooperation Office - Ministry of Environmental Protection of China (FECO)
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • Fundo Brasileiro para a Biodiversidade (FUNBIO)
  • Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
  • International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
  • West African Development Bank (BOAD)
  • World Bank Group (WBG)
  • World Wildlife Fund U.S. (WWF)


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