Canada and the Global Environment Facility

The Global Environment Facility (GEF), established in 1991, is the single largest source of funding and a catalyst for action on the environment. Through its investments, the GEF works with partners to tackle global environmental issues, while also supporting sustainable development including poverty reduction and greater equality between women and men.

The GEF helps recipient countries meet their commitments under various multilateral environmental conventions, including:

Canada’s support

Canada has been a strong supporter of the GEF since its creation and is one of the GEF’s top donors.  Projects funded by the GEF align closely with Canada's international development priorities. For example:

Canada also supports two other trust funds managed by the GEF: the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and the Capacity-building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT). In total, Canada has provided $60 million to the LDCF to address the urgent adaptation needs among the poorest and most vulnerable countries. Canada has also committed $5 million to CBIT which supports developing countries meet their reporting requirements under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.


As of 2016, with the support of Canada and other donors, the GEF has:

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