T10 (Production Areas): How to Use GEF Funding
This page aims to provide information regarding the sustainable management of areas under agriculture, aquaculture, fisheries and forestry, for recipient Parties and relevant stakeholders, including how to access funding of the Global Environment Facility in this regard. It is a work in progress and will be updated as necessary.
There has been a substantial expansion of efforts to promote sustainable agriculture, forestry and aquaculture over recent years, including through farmer-led agroecological approaches. The use of fertilizers and pesticides has stabilized globally, though at high levels. Despite such progress, biodiversity continues to decline in landscapes used to produce food and timber; and food and agricultural production remains among the main drivers of global biodiversity loss.
- Reported actions in agriculture included: Promoting sustainable soil management; Rehabilitation and restoration of degraded habitats; Promoting research on crop efficiency and resilience; Support and promotion of organic agriculture and agro-forestry; Encouraging agricultural diversification; Improved watershed management; Actions to promote and subsidize the use of climate- resilient crops; Incentives to incorporate modern practices into agricultural systems; Promotion of improved irrigation techniques; Encouraging lower fertilizer use; Improvement of ex situ conservation and seed banks.
- Reported actions in forests included: Decentralization of forest management; Improving forest governance frameworks and capacity-building; Promoting restoration; Encouraging forest certification; Updating and reviewing forestry licenses; Compensating or incentivizing landowners not to cut forests; Promoting silvicultural practices that also help with poverty alleviation.
- Reported actions in aquaculture included: Improving the management of aquaculture through technological innovations and modernization; Promotion of certification schemes and environmental standards.
A third of marine fish stocks are overfished, a higher proportion than ten years ago. Many fisheries are still causing unsustainable levels of bycatch of non-target species and are damaging marine habitats. Reported actions in fisheries were: Better assessment of fish stocks; Development of regulatory measures, including for issues related to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, fishing practices and equipment; Better monitoring of fishing vessels and by-catch; Regulations on fish size; Seasonal or periodic fishing bans; Establishment of marine protected areas; Restoration of fish habitat; Promotion and support of community ownership and management of fisheries.
Financial support of the Global Environment Facility
GEF-financed projects related to production services
- Food Systems
- Amazon, Congo, and Critical Forest Biomes
- Blue Green Islands
- BDFA: Objective One
- IWFA: Objectives One and Two
- LDFA: Objective One