The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has announced a new effort to support long-term environmental goals in order to position itself as an innovator and partner in this process. During the 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parities (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity, GEF CEO Naoko Ishii presented the “GEF 2020 Strategy,” oriented to catalyze the efforts to build the institution’s strengths and prioritize available resources.
“The Strategy will further emphasize GEF’s role as a risk-taking innovator, a partner of choice for those sharing the same goals, and a champion of the benefits provided by a healthy environment at the local, regional, and global levels. We will promote the valuation of natural capital to be integrated in decision making at all levels as a unifying theme,” Dr. Ishii said.
This new strategy will support the 2020 Aichi Biodiversity Targets to create global policies with the purposes of protecting endangered species and threatened ecosystems; expanding protected areas; and promoting a broader understanding of the economic value of biodiversity. The Aichi Targets lay out a 10-year plan to develop policies worldwide aimed to further implement the Convention on Biological Diversity.
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