The Global Environment Facility is the world’s largest funder of biodiversity protection, nature restoration, pollution reduction, and climate change response in developing countries. It finances international environmental conventions and country-driven initiatives that generate global benefits.

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Protecting Land and Livelihoods in Madagascar

This video shows the efforts of the GEF in Madagascar addressing the most pressing environmental needs related to the predominant tree cover loss (90 percent over the last 50 years) due to deforestation, followed by the subsequent erosion of soil, siltation in rice fields, resulting in a severe threat to biodiversity. It features three different projects managed by UN Environment, the World Bank and UNDP/SGP respectively.

The Global Environment Facility 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 over $17.9 billion in grants and mobilized an additional $93.2 billion in co-financing for more than 4500 projects in 170 countries. Today, the GEF is an international partnership of 183 countries, international institutions, civil society organizations and the private sector that addresses global environmental issues.

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