Global Environment Facility (GEF)
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) unites 182 member governments ? in partnership with international institutions, nongovernmental organisations, and the private sector ? to address global environmental issues. The GEF provides grants to developing countries and countries with economies in transition for projects related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer, and persistent organic pollutants. These projects benefit the global environment, linking local, national, and global environmental challenges and promoting sustainable livelihoods.
Established in 1991, the GEF is today the largest funder of projects to improve the global environment. The GEF has allocated $8.8 billion, supplemented by more than $38.7 billion in cofinancing, for more than 2,400 projects in more than 165 developing countries and countries with economies in transition. Through its Small Grants Programme (SGP) active in 122 countries worldwide, the GEF has also made more than 13,500 small grants directly to nongovernmental and community organisations.