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Flock of sheep pasturing under solar panels

Why it is smart to invest in the planet

Reducing carbon emissions and protecting biodiversity makes companies more resilient to shocks, more relevant to society and more valuable to investors Early last month, NextEra Energy, a renewable energy company based in Florida, became more valuable than Exxon Mobil. Only 12 years ago the oil…
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GEF IEO evaluation team member interviewing Senegalese farmers in 2016 who have benefited from a GEF climate change adaptation project

Evaluation in the time of pandemic

The year 2020 has been defined by the COVID-19 pandemic that has disrupted lives and livelihoods everywhere around the world. The way we work has been interrupted and altered. This is true for those working to advance and manage international environmental projects and programs – it is also true…
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Ruddy shelducks in flight at Maguri Bill, a biodiversity hotspot in India

How public development banks can help nature

Public development banks will be critical to global efforts to build back better from the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout. To realize their potential, they should complement their climate investments by setting explicit nature-based goals and targets.
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Vacaresti Nature Park in Bucharest, Romania

Why nature is our best ally for a post-COVID recovery

Investments that protect and restore nature can deliver good economic returns and employment benefits National leaders are increasingly promising a green industrial revolution to drive their economies' post-COVID recovery. They are right in believing we cannot go back to our bad old ways. But…
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Dense cityscape of Hong Kong highrise buildings

How COVID-19 can steer city leadership on sustainability

Cities are at the heart of the pandemic impact and response, and city leaders managing through the COVID-19 crisis have demonstrated commitment to integration, innovation, and partnership. GEF Cities Lead Aloke Barnwal makes the case that this approach will be critical to the future sustainability…
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Aerial view of the Pantanal wetlands in Brazil

Reversing nature's loss: business's next frontier

Protecting the global commons is not only the right thing to do – it improves the bottom line as well In the middle of the COVID-19 crisis, companies are increasingly committing themselves to helping to stabilize the Earth’s climate. It is encouraging to see these commitments coming in thick and…
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Young Kyrgyz farmer picking corn

Working together to grow, nourish, and sustain

On October 16 every year, we celebrate World Food Day to highlight the enduring vision of a world free from hunger and malnutrition. This year, we face the unprecedented crisis of COVID-19, which threatens food security and human health and may push another 130 million people into hunger by the end…
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Farmer tilling land in Angola

Repairing our broken food system

The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified the warning bells about our broken food system. As farmers and consumers grapple with disruptions in the global food supply chain, we are witnessing an exacerbation of threats to the natural environment. Since start of the pandemic, increases in deforestation…
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Streets of Jakarta, Indonesia, during coronavirus lockdown

Time to double down to reach net zero

There is everything to play for through reducing carbon emissions as the world emerges from the COVID-19 recession In the early weeks of this year, before all our lives were turned upside down by COVID-19, the International Energy Agency announced that global carbon dioxide emissions had flatlined…
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Welcome to the Anthropocene

The many overlapping crises of 2020 are not just hallmarks of a bad year. They reflect the human-caused environmental damage that will keep compounding in the epoch dubbed the Anthropocene, where humanity’s impact on the planet dominates all else. Writing for the World Bank's Voices blog, GEF CEO…

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