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Advancing More, Better and Faster Financing for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

GEF strategies, programs and projects

Basis for action:

“In accordance with Article 21 of the Convention the Conference of the Parties will determine the policy, strategy, programme priorities and eligibility criteria for access to and utilization of financial resources available through the financial mechanism, including monitoring and evaluation on a regular basis of such utilization. GEF, in operating the financial mechanism under the Convention, will finance activities that are in full conformity with the guidance provided to it by the Conference of the Parties…” … MOU, paragraph 2.1

“The Secretariat of the Convention and the Secretariat of GEF will communicate and cooperate with each other and consult on a regular basis to facilitate the effectiveness of the financial mechanism in assisting developing country Parties to implement the Convention. In particular, the two secretariats will consult on the project proposals under consideration for inclusion in a proposed work programme, especially with regard to the consistency of the project proposals with the guidance of the Conference of the Parties. Official documentation of GEF will be made available to the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity” … MOU, paragraph 7

"Adopts the four-year outcome-oriented framework of programme priorities for the period 2014-2018 as contained in the annex to the present decision and requests the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to implement it and report back to the Conference of the Parties at its twelfth meeting on the GEF 6 strategy and its thirteenth meeting on its implementation and how it responds to the individual elements and their components, and the additional strategic considerations of the framework, in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding between the Conference of the Parties to the Convention and the Council of the Global Environment Facility"...Decision XI/5, paragraph 2

Guidance from the Conference of the Parties

The financial mechanism operates under the guidance of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention. The first set of guidance to the financial mechanism was developed by the Conference of the Parties at its first meeting in 1994, and additional guidance was provided by subsequent meetings of the Conference of the Parties. In October 2010, the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties adopted the consolidated list of guidance to the financial mechanism, including programme priorities, and agreed to retire the previous decisions and elements of decisions, as related to the financial mechanism and limited only to those provisions related to the financial mechanism.

Decision XI/5: The financial mechanism (October 2012)

Decision X/24, annex: Consolidated guidance to the financial mechanism of the Convention (October 2010)

Decision X/25: Additional guidance to the financial mechanism (October 2010)

Opportunities for Streamlining the Guidance Provided to the Global Environment Facility Taking into Account the Framework for Targets and Indicators of the 2010 Target (UNEP/CBD/WG-RI/2/5; 16 May 2007) (ar en es fr ru zh)

Review of the Guidance to the Financial Mechanism (UNEP/CBD/WG-RI/3/9, 6 March 2010) (ar en es fr ru zh)

Consultation on GEF operational responses

The Convention Secretariat observes the meetings of the GEF Council. Inputs are provided to the GEF Secretariat for its draft pro-sessional documents, as requested. The Executive Secretary normally delivers a statement to the meetings of the GEF Council on behalf of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Statement by Mr. Braulio Dias to the 44th Meeting of the Council of the Global Environment Facility, Washington DC, US, 19 June 2013

Statement by Mr. Braulio Dias to the 43rd Meeting of the Council of the GEF, Washington DC, US, 13 November 2012

Communication by Mr. Braulio Dias to Chief Executive Officer of the GEF, calling for actions to relevant decisions from the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties, 29 October 2012

Consultation on GEF focal area strategies for biodiversity

The CBD Secretariat has been proactively involved in advocating for the implementation of the guidance from the Conference of the Parties, including advancing a four-year outcome-oriented framework.

Comments on the draft GEF-6 biodiversity strategy

Webinar on the Financial Mechanism and 2020 Aichi Biodiversity Targets, 5 June 2013 - 9.30 a.m. Montreal time

Decision XI/5, B: Four-year framework of programme priorities and review of the effectiveness of the financial mechanism (October 2012)

Decision IX/31, B: Four-year outcome-oriented framework of programme priorities related to utilization of GEF resources for biodiversity (2008)

Consultation on GEF biodiversity programs

The CBD Secretariat participates in the Executive Operational Committee (GEFOP) for considering the inclusion of biodiversity project proposals in the work programs for approval by the GEF Council.

The CBD Secretariat is designing an internal process of marking biodiversity projects in terms of the Aichi Targets, and will communicate the results to Parties and the GEF governing bodies. One important purpose is to detect the trends and potential gaps in terms of a balanced support to implementing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.

Consultation on GEF biodiversity projects

The CBD Secretariat is part of the review process for all biodiversity project proposals being submitted by the GEF agencies to the GEF Secretariat. Although these proposals are reviewed by the CBD Secretariat, comments are provided only on those project proposals that are perceived to make marginal contributions or run counter to the objectives of the Convention based on the guidance provided by the Conference of the Parties.

The individual programmes of the Convention are keen to advocate for more project proposals in their respective areas, and are proactively seeking collaboration with recipient country Parties and relevant GEF agencies to promote more and better project proposals. Interested recipient countries and agencies are invited to work with relevant programmes of the CBD Secretariat in this regard.

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