Global Environment Facility (GEF) Trust Fund

Climate Objective
Adaptation
Mitigation
Cross-cutting
Sectors and Themes
Agriculture
Cities
Disaster Risk Reduction
Education
Energy
Forestry and Land Use
Gender
Health
Industry and Infrastructure
Jobs
Nature-based Solutions and Ecosystem Services
Oceans and Coasts
Poverty
Rural Development
Transport
Waste Management
Water
Type of Support Provider
Multilateral
Type of Recipient
Public entity at the national level
International organization
Non-profit or civil society organization
Private sector
Fund Size

Since its inception, it has provided more than USD 21 billion in grants

Co-financing
Yes
Application Timeframe

On a rolling basis.

Trustee or Administrator
World Bank
Contact Information
Countries
Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Angola
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belarus
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
Brazil
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Central African Republic
Chad
Chile
China
Colombia
Comoros
Cook Islands
Costa Rica
Côte d'Ivoire
Croatia
Cuba
Czech Republic
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia
Fiji
Gabon
Gambia
Georgia
Ghana
Grenada
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Hungary
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Jamaica
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
Kuwait
Kyrgyz Republic
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Lithuania
Macedonia
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Malta
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mexico
Micronesia
Moldova
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar
Namibia
Nauru
Nepal
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Niue
North Korea
Oman
Pakistan
Palau
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Romania
Russia
Rwanda
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Samoa
Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Slovakia
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Africa
South Korea
South Sudan
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Suriname
Syria
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
Timor-Leste
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu
Uganda
Ukraine
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Venezuela
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe
Region
East Asia and Pacific
Europe and Central Asia
Middle East and North Africa
North America
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Trust Fund aims to help developing countries and economies in transition contribute to the overall objective of the Rio Conventions including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to mitigate climate change, while enabling sustainable economic development. The GEF is intended to cover the incremental costs of a measure to address environmental issues such as climate change, relative to a business as usual base line. Additionally, the GEF has multiple, focused initiatives:

  • Support for Programming Through National Dialogues, which provides resources so that countries can carry out multi stakeholder exercises that help prioritize actions that can be financed with GEF funding
  • Non-Grant Support Program, which supports non-grant financial instruments to combat global environmental degradation
  • Small-Grants Program, which promotes community-based innovation, capacity development, and empowerment of local communities and civil society organizations
Support Provider

Global Environment Facility

Purpose of Support
Project and program implementation
Co-Financing Requirements

Yes. See the GEF’s co-financing policy here. Sources of co-financing include public and private, domestic and international.

Financial Instruments Offered
Grants
Concessional loans
Equity
Guarantees
Monitoring and Reporting Procedures

Each GEF Implementing Agency is responsible for project implementation and is directly accountable to the GEF Council. GEF Implementing Agencies conduct project-level monitoring and evaluation activities in accordance with the GEF Implementing Agency systems and consistent with the GEF Monitoring and Evaluation Policy. GEF Implementing Agencies undertake mid-term reviews for Full-sized Projects under implementation and submit them to the GEF Secretariat (See sections "Organizational and decision-making structure" above for the governance structure of the GEF). Agencies submit projects terminal evaluation reports to the GEF Independent Evaluation Office.

Information on the updated Monitoring and Evaluation Policies can be found here.

More information on the GEF can be found in the GEF Knowledge and Learning landing page here including the e-course “Introduction to the GEF” accessible here.

Organizational and Decision Making Structure
  • Secretariat: The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) has an independent secretariat based in Washington DC. It coordinates the overall implementation and is headed by a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) appointed to serve for four years, with a maximum of two terms.
  • GEF Assembly: The governing body of the GEF in which representatives of all member countries participate. It meets every four years and is responsible for the upcoming 4-years cycle approval including the GEF Trust Fund replenishment and policies.
  • GEF Council: A 32-member Council made up of 16 developing countries, 14 developed countries and two economies in transition. It meets twice a year to develop, adopt and evaluate operational policies, and review and approve the Work Program (projects submitted for approval). Decisions are taken by consensus where possible, but if not, through a double-majority voting requiring 60% of Council members and 60% of contributions.
  • Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP): Provides independent review and advice, including on GEF programs and projects. Its members are appointed by the Executive Director of UNEP, in consultation with the GEF’s CEO, the Administrator of UNDP, and the President of the World Bank.
  • Independent Evaluation Office: An Independent Office of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) informs decision-making on amendments and improvements; and promotes accountability for the effective use of resources while supporting knowledge management and learning.
  • Trustee: World Bank
  • GEF Focal Points: Government officials, designated by member countries, responsible for GEF activities and to ensure that GEF projects are country-driven and responsive of national priorities. All the GEF projects operating in a country need to be endorsed by the Operational Focal Points. The list of the GEF Focal points can be found here.
Eligibility Criteria

All projects or programs must fulfill the following criteria to be eligible for GEF funding.

  • Eligible country: Countries may be eligible for GEF funding in one of two ways: a) if the country has ratified the conventions the GEF serves and conforms with the eligibility criteria decided by the Conference of the Parties of each convention; or b) if the country is eligible to receive World Bank (IBRD and/or IDA) financing or if it is an eligible recipient of UNDP technical assistance through its target for resource assignments from the core (specifically TRAC-1 and/or TRAC-2). 
  • National priority: The project must be driven by the country (rather than by an external partner) and be consistent with national priorities that support sustainable development.
  • GEF priorities: To achieve the objectives of multilateral environmental agreements, it is required that the GEF support country priorities that are ultimately aimed at tackling the drivers of environmental degradation in an integrated fashion. For this reason, the focal areas (Biodiversity, Climate Change, Land Degradation, International Waters, and Chemicals and Waste) remain the central organizing feature in the GEF-8 Programming Directions and provide countries with the opportunity to participate in selected “Integrated Programs” which aim to address major drivers of environmental degradation and/or deliver multiple benefits that fall under the GEF’s mandate (for more details, see the GEF-8 Programming Directions).
  • Financing: The project must seek GEF financing only for the agreed incremental costs on measures to achieve global environmental benefits.
  • Participation: The project must involve the public in project design and implementation, following the Policy on Stakeholder Engagement and the respective guidelines.
Eligible countries

Countries are eligible for GEF funding in Climate Change if the country has ratified the UNFCCC and conforms with the eligibility criteria decided by the Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC. Check if your country is eligible and the corresponding funding allocated to it here.

Eligible Countries and Geographic Regions
East Asia and Pacific
Cook Islands
Niue
Cambodia
China
Fiji
Indonesia
Kiribati
North Korea
South Korea
Laos
Malaysia
Marshall Islands
Micronesia
Mongolia
Myanmar
Nauru
Palau
Papua New Guinea
Philippines
Samoa
Thailand
Timor-Leste
Tonga
Tuvalu
Vanuatu
Vietnam
Europe and Central Asia
Albania
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Belarus
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Croatia
Czech Republic
Estonia
Georgia
Hungary
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyz Republic
Latvia
Lithuania
Macedonia
Moldova
Montenegro
Poland
Romania
Russia
Serbia
Slovakia
Slovenia
Tajikistan
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Ukraine
Uzbekistan
Latin America and Caribbean
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Bahamas
Barbados
Belize
Bolivia
Brazil
Chile
Colombia
Costa Rica
Cuba
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
El Salvador
Grenada
Guatemala
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Jamaica
Mexico
Nicaragua
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Suriname
Trinidad and Tobago
Uruguay
Venezuela
Middle East and North Africa
Iran
Algeria
Bahrain
Djibouti
Egypt
Iraq
Jordan
Kuwait
Lebanon
Libya
Malta
Morocco
Oman
Saudi Arabia
Syria
Tunisia
Yemen
North America
South Asia
Afghanistan
Bangladesh
Bhutan
India
Maldives
Nepal
Pakistan
Sri Lanka
Sub-Saharan Africa
Uganda
Angola
Benin
Botswana
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cameroon
Central African Republic
Chad
Comoros
Republic of Congo
Côte d'Ivoire
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Gabon
Gambia
Ghana
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Kenya
Lesotho
Liberia
Madagascar
Malawi
Mali
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mozambique
Namibia
Niger
Nigeria
Rwanda
Sao Tome and Principe
Senegal
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Somalia
South Africa
South Sudan
Sudan
Tanzania
Togo
Solomon Islands
Zambia
Zimbabwe
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