The Global Environment Facility (GEF) was established on eve of the 1992 RIO Earth Summit, to help tackle our planet’s most pressing environmental problems. Since then, the GEF has provided over $14 billion in grants and mobilized in excess of $70 billion in additional financing for more than 4,000 projects. The GEF has become an international partnership of 183 countries, international institutions, civil society organizations, and private sector to address global environmental issues. Since 1991, the GEF has provided new and additional grants and concessional funding to cover the “incremental” or additional costs associated with transforming a project with national benefits into one with global environmental benefits
GEF in Samoa
Since joining the GEF, Samoa received GEF grants for over 11 national projects in biodiversity, climate change, persistent organic pollutants, and land degradation, including a multi-focal area project. Similarly, Samoa participated in over 19 regional and global projects financed by the GEF, and received financial support as part of the sub-regional GEF Small Grants Programme executed by civil society and community-based organizations for the entire sub-regional program.
The GEF has invested in SIDS since its inception, through single country investments as well as regional initiatives towards enhancing the livelihoods of local populations with a minimum impact on the natural resources while fostering sustainable developing green economies. Cummulative GEF investments in SIDS since GEF’s inception have amounted to nearly $1 billion, leveraging a co-financing of more than $4.48 Billion.
Projects Implemented at the National Level funded by GEF:
- Capacity Building for Mainstreaming and Implementing the RIO Convention (CBD, UNFCCC, UNCCD)
MNRE – Corporate Services
Mainstreaming and promotion of the RIO Conventions into national development plans through strengthening of legislative and regulatory instruments.Establish a centralized system where information pertaining to the 3 RIO conventions can be accessed. This system is called Data Knowledge Information Facility. (DKIF)
- Strengthening Multi Sector Management of Critical Landscapes (UNCCD)
MNRE – Land Management Division
Reducing pressures on natural resources from competing land uses by reducing all causes of land degradation, promoting conversational practices, reducing GHG emissions, enhancing land productivity to strengthen sustainable livelihoods and protecting integrity of ecosystem services
- Economy-Wide Integration of Climate Change Disaster Risk Management to Reduce Vulnerability of Communities in Samoa (UNFCCC)
MNRE – GEF, DMO, Water Resources, Ministry of Finance, Land Transport Authority, Ministry of Women, Communities & Social Development
Strategic integration of adaptation and disaster risk management in national policy frameworks and developing planning. enhancing resilience of communities as first responders of climate induced hazards.
- Enhancing the Resilience of Tourism Reliance Communities to Climate Change Risks
Samoa Tourism Authority
Increase the resilience and adaptive capacity of the Tourism sector and dependent communities to the threats of climate change. Demonstrate community based adaptation measures for tourism operators in 9 villages.
- Promoting Energy Efficiency Phase: Air Conditioning Units and Lights
MNRE – Renewable Division
Implementation of various energy efficiency and conservation programs, including energy efficient lighting program for the residential, commercial and public sectors and energy efficient measures in hotels and the public sector.
- Integrating Climate Change Risks into the Forest Sector
MNRE – Forestry Division
Increasing resilience and adaptive capacity of Samoa’s forest areas and dependent communities to the threats of climate change.
- Enhancing Resilience of Coastal Communities to Climate Change
MNRE – PUMA
Reduces vulnerability to adverse impacts of climate change at both the local and national level.