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Panoramic view of the Dniester river

Protecting and valuing water across borders yields many benefits

This year’s World Water Day is focused on valuing water and illustrating how water means different things to different people. Indeed, there is a constant running through the Global Environment Facility’s three decades of work in geographies around the world: water is fundamental to all of the…
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Collecting PCB from transformers for proper disposal

Managing chemicals for a cleaner, healthier planet

Since it was signed 20 years ago, the Stockholm Convention has helped countries throughout the world to carefully manage the use, storage, distribution, and disposal of a particularly dangerous group of hazardous chemicals, the persistent organic pollutants or POPs.  Living in the early 21st…
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Cabuyal beach in Costa Rica

To build back better, we need to rethink global subsidies

In an article for the Davos Agenda 2021, GEF CEO and Chairperson Carlos Manuel Rodriguez says a renewed focus on easing pressures on nature through a green and blue recovery has breathed new life into upcoming negotiations on biodiversity loss, land degradation, ocean conservation, and climate…
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Woman carrying items through the Sahel Desert in Chad

Building corridors of growth through the Sahel and beyond

Temperatures in the Sahel are increasing 1.5 times faster than the global average, and around 80 percent of the farmland has lost some degree of its natural productivity. Together, these factors diminish the availability of land for food production or grazing, deplete water, and increase the…
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Solar panels on roof with mountain and valley landscape in background

Connected technology is accelerating the green revolution

Alignment between policy, finance, and technology is spurring a rapid shift to a new kind of economic development We can resolve the major impact that our energy and transport systems make on the climate. A really big shift is on its way as the expansions of renewable energy, storage, electric…
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Engaging with the private sector for greater impact

Since the landmark Paris Agreement of 2015, there has been a dramatic increase in private sector interest and action related to climate change. In just five years, hundreds of companies have set targets to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and have outlined science-informed plans to…
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Panoramic shot of Machu Picchu

'We want to make Machu Picchu the first carbon neutral Wonder of the World'

José Koechlin, founder and chief executive of Inkaterra, explains how his pioneering business model benefits everything from Machu Picchu to fans of Paddington Bear Tourism is not only a source of inspiration; it’s a human right. We need to travel, to move, to experience the diversity of culture…
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Under and above the water in Indonesia

The post-COVID environmental changes to aim for

“Normal” was destroying our health and prosperity. We cannot afford to return to it after COVID-19 It has been almost a year since COVID-19 began to emerge. We are learning how to contain the virus better and good progress is being made on vaccines. And while many countries continue to face long…
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Inuit person on a dog sled

Partnering with peoples

Editor's note: We are featuring this piece that was originally published in "The Global Environment Facility: Delivering solutions for a sustainable future," the September 2017 issue of UN Environment's "Our Planet" magazine, to celebrate the contribution of traditional knowledge towards the GEF’s…
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Welcome to the green industrial revolution

Laurence Tubiana, CEO, European Climate Foundation, was one of the architects of the successful Paris climate summit in 2015. Here, she calls on Britain to deliver a similar breakthrough next year In a year's time, the UK will see its most important diplomatic meeting since London hosted the NATO…

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