T16 (Sustainable Consumption): How to Use GEF Funding
This page aims to provide information regarding the sustainable consumption choices encouraged and enabled 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.
While an increasing number of governments and businesses are developing plans for more sustainable production and consumption, these are not being implemented on a scale that eliminates the negative impact of unsustainable human activities on biodiversity. While natural resources are being used more efficiently, the aggregated demand for resources continues to increase, and therefore the impacts of their use remain well above safe ecological limits. Reported actions were: Developing sector-specific sustainability plans and regulatory measures; Promotion of green product labelling, corporate social responsibility practices and reporting; Promoting certification measures; Expansion and support for organic farming practices; Development of biodiversity-friendly criteria in public procurement; Promotion of strategies to address waste; Development of capacity to assess ecological limits as a means of informing policy decisions; Support to small and medium enterprises for sustainable development; Reported challenges were: Lack of funding and capacity to upscale activities; Limited involvement of industries and non-environmental ministries and agencies in plans and projects.
Financial support of the Global Environment Facility
GEF-financed projects related to sustainable consumption
- Food Systems
- Circular Solutions to Plastic Pollution