As the climate crisis becomes ever more serious, each Earth Day that comes along takes on extra significance. This year’s theme is Restore Our Earth, which focuses not only on recovering from the effects of COVID-19, but implementing nature-based solutions that will have lasting, transformative impacts on our planet.

While scientists confirm that climate change and loss of biodiversity are irrefutable, they also emphasize that it’s not too late to stem the tide. …


Water, the essential building block of life, is at the core of sustainable development. It is a pillar of human health, socio-economic development, and biodiversity protection. Water is at the heart of adaptation to climate change, serving as a crucial link between human society and environmental changes.

Despite the fact that it covers 70% of our planet, water is a finite and irreplaceable resource. Only 3% of the water on Earth is freshwater, and two-thirds of that resides in frozen glaciers. Today, approximately 80% of the world’s population is exposed to high levels of threat to water scarcity and 2.2…


Around the world, women are leading efforts to adapt to and mitigate the causes of climate change, protect our planet’s biodiversity, and innovate sustainable solutions for the future. When women are empowered and have equal opportunities to contribute to sustainable development, it leads to concrete benefits for people and the planet.

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) understands that tackling the world’s most pressing environmental challenges requires diverse skills and knowledge and innovative perspectives. As such, investing in women and supporting their leadership is central to the GEF mission.

Recognizing that a gender responsive approach is key to tackling the drivers…


Fewer than 30 percent of researchers worldwide are women, reflecting gaps in educational and professional opportunities that are holding back both gender equality and sustainable development goals.

On this International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the Global Environment Facility is highlighting seven women scientists from across our partnership who play essential roles in addressing our planet’s most pressing environmental challenges.

Rosina Bierbaum, GEF STAP


The great unknown, the new frontier: our world’s oceans may be a mystery to us, but they’re the source of livelihoods of many fishermen (and women) around the world. This World Fisheries Day, we invite you to take a deep dive into how this ancient trade is adapting to the modern conditions that are affecting the (ultra)marine glue that holds the people of our planet together.

The sea is the future: expanding coastal and marine protection in the Philippines

The story of Quirsito ‘Bok’ Cajegas, a self-described illegal fisher who reformed into a proud marine conservationist and chairman of the…


As part of our mission to protect globally important biodiversity, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) supports the protection of endangered species around the world by securing their habitats and combating the illegal wildlife trade.

Beyond the beauty of the coral reefs, the majesty of whales, and the lovability of baby sea turtles, these species maintain ecosystems that are vital to the health of the planet. Nothing in the world exists on its own.

How much do you know about the living creatures threatened with extinction? Scroll down to learn more about your favorites or discover new ones:

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By Jenna Tsui, Technology Blogger, The Byte Beat

Aerial drone photo of giraffes in the African savanna. Photo: Shutterstock.

Technology’s impact is undeniable. Many of us experience it every day with powerful smartphones and computers that are bringing the world together even at a time of social isolation. Its prevalence has brought advantages and disadvantages, and one often overlooked benefit is its role in wildlife conservation.

Scientists are using advanced technology to supplement conventional conservation techniques for better outcomes. It’s hard to save a species when you don’t know much about its habitat or genetics, but new inventions can assist. …


Despite the essential role tigers play ecologically, culturally and in our imaginations, they continue to be in danger. Photo: PhotocechCZ via Shutterstock

An auspicious symbol of strength, health, and protection, the tiger features prominently in art, folklore, myth, and literature around the world. Tigers are also an important top predator, a critical piece holding together the complex puzzle of natural systems across more than a dozen countries in Asia.

Despite the essential role tigers play ecologically, culturally and in our imaginations, they continue to be in danger. We have lost over 95 percent of the world’s wild tiger population in the past century — from an estimated 100,000 wild tigers in 1900 to an estimated 3,900 in the wild today.[1]

It has…


By Alexandra Ye, Communications Intern, Global Environment Facility

Editor’s note: even though originally written to celebrate the importance of mangroves in tropical ecosystems, today we are highlighting this blog in advance of the International Day of the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem, adopted by the General Conference of UNESCO in 2015 and celebrated each year on 26 July, to raise awareness of the importance of mangrove ecosystems as “a unique, special and vulnerable ecosystem” and to promote solutions for their sustainable management, conservation and uses.

Mention the word “tropical” and my mind will conjure up uncomplicated images of deserted islands…


by GEF Communications

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) held its 56th Council meeting at the World Bank’s headquarters from June 11 to 13. The Council met against the backdrop of a series of authoritative warnings about the plight of the global commons; the shared resources that ensure a habitable planet upon which we can all thrive such as clean air and water, biodiversity, healthy land and oceans, and a stable climate.

During the meeting, GEF Live hosted a series of interviews with Council members and other participants. …

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The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is the world’s leading international institution investing in the joint management, care, and restoration of our planet.

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