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Global Environment Facility
Global Environment Facility
International or regional financial institution


The Global Environment Facility (GEF) 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 $14.5 billion in grants and mobilized $75.4 billion in additional financing for almost 4,000 projects. The GEF has become an international partnership of 183 countries, international institutions, civil society organizations, and private sector to address global environmental issues.

The GEF’s 18 implementing partners are: Asian Development Bank (ADB), African Development Bank (AFDB), Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), Conservation International (CI), Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Foreign Economic Cooperation Office - Ministry of Environmental Protection of China (FECO), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Fundo Brasileiro para a Biodiversidade (FUNBIO), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), West African Development Bank (BOAD), World Bank Group (WBG), World Wildlife Fund U.S. (WWF).

The GEF serves as financial mechanism for the following conventions:

The GEF administers the LDCF and SCCF which were established by the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC. The GEF also administers the Nagoya Protocol Implementation Fund (NPIF) that was established by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). In addition, the GEF Secretariat hosts the Adaptation Fund Board Secretariat. 



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FLC: Amka Mwanamke (Woman Arise) Campaign in Response to Women's Land Rights


Tanzania Agricultural Modernization Association (TAMA) intends to implement a one year Amka Mwanamke Campaign project that aims at empowering marginalized women to secure land rights in Muleba District. The project seeks to promote positive change in polic ies and customary laws those deprive women's rights to land ownership by 2018; to strengthen women's capacity to have voices and confidence to protect their rights to access own and have full control over land and other family resources; promote awareness and accountability among land owners local leaders and existing land councils on equitable distribution of land resources gender equity and equality by 2018. The need for this project is that In Tanzania laws that support women's rights to land ownership h ave been enacted but a great milestone- does not bring all women to the end - customary practices regarding marriage and inheritance continue to discriminate heavily against women. The government and other development partners have been carrying out their roles to facilitate implementation of land policy and laws to ensure women's ownership of land but such roles need other joint efforts to collaboratively increase awareness and empower more women to fight for their rights hence this project.The expected de velopment impact of this project is Women in Muleba District have access to and control over land. Project outcomes will be; increased capacity knowledge and skills among marginalized women on their rights to have access to and control over land; village a nd Ward Land Councils are accountable and ensure equitable distribution of land resources for women; increased access to information education and communication services and materials for women about land distribution registration and land rights. Main ben eficiaries in this project are women and the main implementing Agency is Tanzania Agricultural Modernization Association (TAMA). Why TAMA was chosen it's because the Land issue and particularly women's land rights is a sensitive issue which needs support so that many women can enjoy their rights socially and economically as land is a basic resource from which human beings and almost other living creatures depend on for their living. For more information about TAMA click the following website: www.tama.or.t z.

F.a: Promoting Land Rights and Access to Justice in Buliisa and Pakwach Districts in Uganda


BIRUDO is a local organisation founded in 2006 that has its office in Buliisa in Western Uganda, where international oil companies have development projects that influence the rights of the people living there. The project is aimed at contributing towards awareness on land rights and access to justice for local communities in the districts of Buliisa and Pakwach in Uganda. This will be achieved through community awareness meetings and dialogues targeting the affected community, media engagement through radio education programs, collaborative alternative dispute resolution mechanisms and capacity building of the cultural and clan leaders, area land committees and district land boards, establishing referral pathways and enhancing women's capacity to uphold and claim their rights.

F.a: Equality and Non-Discrimination of Women’s Land Rights Project


The project aims at building the capacity and skills of women on the legal framework and policies in regards to how they can legally and persistently engage with duty bearers to emphasize their rights to ownership and control of matrimonial properties, wit h reference to land and land properties. in addition, the project will focus on land rights education including succession, matrimonial property and womens' right to land for effective economic progress of women in Kisumu communities.

Leadership and capacity development program (MESOLIDER School)


This project supports the first implementation year of MESOLIDER, a leadership school for indigenous leaders, developed by organizations of the Mesoamerican Alliance of People and Forests from Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. Activities include capacity-building programs, workshops, regional exchanges in Central America, a systematization of lessons learned and outreach/community activities at local, national, regional and international level.

Sustainable futures for the Costa Rica dairy sector: optimising environmental and economic outcomes


Expansion of poor quality and low productivity pasture livestock production in Central and Southern America is a major cause of deforestation, and leads to significant environmental pressures including loss of natural capital, air and water pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions. Trade liberalization is causing major structural changes to livestock sectors in Central American countries, with profound implications for the livelihoods of farmers and rural communities, land use policy objectives, climate change, air and water quality, and for other sectors such as tourism that are reliant on natural resources. In this multi-actor, proof of concept project we will integrate measurement and mined data to model a range of scenarios of potential transitions for the dairy sector in Costa Rica, in order to propose promising pathways of sustainable intensification for the dairy and wider land use sectors that balance socio-economic and environmental outcomes. In this proposal we bring together an interdisciplinary team of researchers with proven expertise of delivering evidence that supports development of practical and cost-effective strategies for livestock production. The project consortium is complemented by a key industrial collaborator in Costa Rica that dominates the dairy sector, accounting for >80% of the dairy processing, and a stakeholder group comprising policy makers for agriculture and environment, other agriculture industry sector bodies, and farmers. Our joint expertise includes soil science; measurements and mitigation of diffuse pollutants to air and water; carbon footprinting and life cycle assessment; agroforestry and livestock production; socio-economics; agricultural economics and extension, and policy formulation. This unique blend of skills is essential to deliver our objectives and to meet GCRF and ODA goals, and to build the interdisciplinary capacity needed to deliver holistic solutions to promote sustainable land use for future livestock production in Central American LMIC countries. The main aim of this project is to develop sustainable futures for food production in the tropics, using the Costa Rican dairy sector as a case study. The approach we develop will be an exemplar that can be rolled out to other agricultural sectors, to other Central American countries and beyond. To achieve this, the project team will collate existing data of trends in livestock numbers, sectoral greenhouse gas emissions, and other information on energy, water, tree-pasture-animal relations, genetics, and nutrient inputs and outputs, and determine their robustness and suitability for the models the project will develop. We will adopt the best protocols for measuring greenhouse gas and ammonia emissions to air, and nitrate and phosphorus losses to water, on the CATIE dairy farm, and then apply these protocols to three commercial dairy farms of various scales, along an intensification gradient. To build the legacy of the project, we will train Costa Rican and other Central American researchers in a range of diffuse pollution measurement methodologies, as well as in carbon foot-printing, LCA and farm-scale modelling. Mined and measured data will be used to calculate environmental and economic balances for the CATIE and three commercial dairy farming systems (and their products), and model sensitivity to specific management practices and technologies that would be representative of trends in intensification, as well as explore more sustainable intensification strategies. The measured and modelled data will then be used to scale up and assess the potential trade-offs and synergies for specific dairy development pathways between environmental and productive/economic goals at the national and global level. These findings will be used to advise key actors (Ministries of Agriculture and Environment & Energy, National Milk Chamber - CNPL), via a final Workshop in Costa Rica at the end of the project.


The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) supports cutting-edge research to address challenges faced by developing countries. The fund addresses the UN sustainable development goals. It aims to maximise the impact of research and innovation to improve lives and opportunity in the developing world. The fund addresses the UN sustainable development goals. It aims to maximise the impact of research and innovation to improve lives and opportunity in the developing world.