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India increases grant from $12 million to $15 million to the Global Environment Facility (GEF)

Published on June 28, 2018
India speeds up help to handle global environment crises !India announced to increase its grant to Global Environment Facility’s (GEF) new four-year investment cycle, known as GEF-7 from $12 million to $15 million.
  • This announcement came at the GEF Council meeting held at Da Nang, Vietnam where the GEF council approved a $4.1 billion replenishment of GEF-7.
  • GEF is a mechanism to provide grants for environment projects.

India's role/position in the GEF:

  • India is among the world's most vulnerable countries to climate change and is both a donor and a recipient of GEF.
  • With India’s increased financing commitment, it is playing crucial role to mitigate climate change and other environmental challenges across the globe.
  • India has been a leading developing country participant in GEF since its inception and has played a major role in shaping GEF.

What to expect at the GEF meeting council?

  • The GEF meeting Council will be followed be sixth GEF Assembly (June 27-28).
  • It meets every four years.
  • It is expecting 1,200 participants, including heads of state, environment ministers, United Nations (UN), NGOs and business leaders.

Global Environment Facility (GEF)

  • GEF is multilateral financial mechanism that provides grants to developing countries for projects that benefit global environment and promote sustainable livelihoods in local communities.
  • It was established on the eve of 1992 Rio Earth Summit to help tackle our planet’s most pressing environmental problems.

It addresses six designated focal areas:

  1. Biodiversity
  2. Climate Change
  3. International Waters
  4. Ozone Depletion
  5. Land Degradation
  6. Persistent Organic Pollutants
  • GEF is an international partnership of 183 countries.
  • It is based in Washington DC, United States.
  • Since its inception, GEF has provided $17.9 billion in grants and mobilised an additional $93.2 billion in financing for more than 4,500 projects in 170 countries.
  • The GEF, although not linked formally to Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete Ozone Layer, supports its implementation in countries with economies in transition.

GEF also serves as financial mechanism for following conventions:

  • Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
  • United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
  • UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).
  • Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).
  • Minamata Convention on Mercury.

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