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FAO’s Involvement in the GEF. L.M. Fletcher-Paul FAO Representative in Guyana. OUTLINE. Why FAO’s involvement in the GEF History of FAO in GEF Comparative Advantage FAO’s responsibilities FAO – GEF investments Areas of FAO Expertise in GEF Focal Areas Conclusions.

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fao s involvement in the gef

FAO’s Involvement in the GEF

L.M. Fletcher-Paul

FAO Representative in Guyana

  • Why FAO’s involvement in the GEF
  • History of FAO in GEF
  • Comparative Advantage
  • FAO’s responsibilities
  • FAO – GEF investments
  • Areas of FAO Expertise in GEF Focal Areas
  • Conclusions
why fao involvement in the gef
Why FAO involvement in the GEF?

FAO supports the development of several MEAs for which GEF is the financing mechanism for their implementation

Strategic match between FAO and GEF strategic objectives and programme priorities

GEF is a co-financing source to level other sources of financing facilitated by FAO including TCPs

FAO can contribute with:

- Global convening powers

- In-house expertise relevant for GEF priorities

- Information systems and networks

- Resource mobilization capacity

history fao in gef
History FAO in GEF
  • 1992: FAO started executing GEF projects led by the three GEF IA: UNDP, UNEP, WB. FAO is today involved in 13 of these indirect access projects.
  • 2000: Direct access as GEF EA for projects in the POPs FA
  • 2006: Direct access in all FA as GEF EA under the expanded opportunities. GEF established a level-playing field between IAs and EAs based on comparative advantages
  • FAO ADG Meeting confirmed collaboration with GEF as a priority (January 2007)
agency responsibilities
Agency Responsibilities
  • Project management services – assists member countries to develop and implement GEF-financed projects

- Project identification

- Formulation of project concept (PIF –Project Identification Form) and negotiation and clearance by GEF Secretariat

- Assuring technical quality in project preparation including in all required analysis, facilitate the endorsement by GEF CEO and approval by FAO

- Transfer of funds, technical backstopping and supervision of project implementation

- Monitoring and Evaluation

- Reporting to GEF Secretariat

responsibilities continued
Responsibilities continued…
  • Corporate services – participate in corporate activities responding to GEF Council requirements
    • Policy and Programme Support (contributions to GEF Council documents and development of FA strategies; participation in FA Task forces, governing body meetings, etc.)
    • Portfolio and financial management
    • Reporting to GEF Secretariat and GEF Trustee
    • Institutional relations, outreach and knowledge (Sub-regional workshops for GEF focal points, Country Dialogue Initiatives, STAP meetings)
    • Facilitate information to the GEF Evaluation Office (OPS, FA or country portfolio evaluations)
fao gef investments
FAO-GEF investments
  • FAO supports the implementation of 13 indirect access projects, total US$ 40M
  • Projects with FAO as GEF EA:

- 8 projects in execution, total US$ 35M.

- 17 projects in preparation with GEF approved PIF, total US$ 47M.

- 18 project in preparation of PIF, total US$ 23M.

areas of fao expertise in gef focal areas
Areas of FAO expertise in GEF Focal Areas

Biodiversity <-> Agro-biodiversity and genetic diversity conservation in farming systems; Sustainable forest management; conservation of biodiversity in production landscapes.

Climate Change <-> Bio energy; carbon stocks conservation in soil and forest and monitoring of carbon fluxes in land use systems (REDD y LULUCF, Exante tool).

International Waters <-> Implementation of the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries; Ecosystem approach to sustainable fisheries management; bi- or multi-national watershed management.


fao expertise in gef fa continued
FAO Expertise in GEF FA continued...

Land Degradation <-> Sustainable land and water management; Sustainable forest management; Conservation agriculture; LADA approach

POPs <-> Pesticide life-cycle management through implementation of the International Code of Conduct on the Distribution and Use of Pesticides; Inventory, safeguard, elimination and prevention of obsolete pesticides; Integrated pest management

Adaptation (LDCF/SCCF) <-> Adaptation in agriculture, forest, pasture, and fisheries production systems.


  • FAO is an important partner with the GEF
  • We have a long history of association with GEF and the countries in formulating and implementing GEF projects
  • We stand ready to assist the countries