By Elias Hakizimana.
Rwanda is hosting the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Constituency Meeting where counties from Eastern African countries are gathered in Kigali to Keep each other informed of progress related to the seventh programme for financing developing countries in protecting environment.
The meeting brought together GEF focal points, focal points from the main Conventions (Biodiversity, Desertification, Climate Change and chemical pollutants), representatives from civil society and representatives from the GEF Secretariat and Agencies from Eastern African countries (Rwanda, Madagascar, Mauritius, Kenya, Ethiopia Sudan, Somalia, Comoros, Seychelles, South Sudan, Tanzania, Djibouti, Uganda and Eritrea).
The meeting is working on report on the 6th GEF Assembly and 54 Council Meeting held in Danang Vietnam June 2018, review documents with the council members in preparation of the 55DEF council that will take place from 17 to 20 December, 2018.
Susan Matindi Waithaka, the country Relations Officer at Global Environment Facility in Africa said countries are allowed to submit projects that could benefit from $4.1 billion funds mobilized in the beginning of 2018.
The four-year investment facility looks at projects in forests protection, fighting land degradation, water management, climate, and oceans, build green cities, protect threatened wildlife and biodiversity in general, and tackle new environmental threats like marine plastic pollution.
Eng. Coletha Ruhamya said Rwanda expects to get $7 million from the seventh financing programme.
“Rwanda is delighted to host Constituency Meeting as one of the constituency members. Rwanda benefits more from GEF. We have 45 Projects financed by GEG with 162.37 Million USD GEF Grant Funding and 777.28 Million USD of additional Co-Financing.”
The GEF was established on the eve of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit to help tackle the world’s most pressing environmental problems. GEF is a global fund provider that addresses issues of environment such as biodiversity, land degradation, climate change, international waters and pollution.
The GEF unites 183 countries in partnership with international institutions, civil society organizations (CSOs), and the private sector to address global environmental issues while supporting national sustainable development initiatives.
Since 1992, the GEF has provided over $17 billion in grants and mobilized an additional $88 billion in financing for more than 4000 projects in 170 countries.
Through its Small Grants Programme (SGP), the GEF has invested $450million and leveraged similar levels of co-financing supporting over 14,500 community based projects in over 125 countries.
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