Brazil : GEF-grant for biodiversity (Google / World Bank)

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Brazil: Global Environment Facility Approves Us$22 Million Grant For Biodiversity Mainstreaming and Protection

Press Release No:2008/201/LCR


World Bank: Mauro Azeredo (+55 61) 3329-1059

GEF: Maureen Shields Lorenzetti (+ 1 202) 473-8131

Press Release No:2008/201/LCR


World Bank: Mauro Azeredo (+55 61) 3329-1059

GEF: Maureen Shields Lorenzetti (+ 1 202) 473-8131


WASHINGTON, January 31, 2008 —The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a US$22 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to the Government of Brazil for the National Biodiversity Mainstreaming and Institutional Consolidation Project, which will help integrate biodiversity issues and concerns broadly across key Government policy decision instances.  The project will support the country’s efforts to reduce the rate of biodiversity loss.


Brazil is a biologically megadiverse country.  Approximately 15% to 20% of the world’s 1.5 million species are found within its borders.  The country faces complex challenges to control deforestation, fires, pollution, invasive alien species, and unsustainable production and consumption.  More than 600 animal species are threatened with extinction in Brazil.


“Avoiding the loss of Brazilian biodiversity will have enormous local, national and global benefits in terms of environmental services such as disease and pest control, crop sustainability, sustainable economic use of biomes by native populations, biomedical research and a healthy global genetic pool,” said Adriana Moreira, World Bank Biodiversity Specialist and Project Manager. “With the loss of habitats in key biodiverse areas such as the Atlantic Forest, and to an increasing extent in the Cerrado, the Caatinga, and the Amazon, a large stock of biodiversity is in danger of disappearing in the future.”


The conservation of Brazilian biodiversity will require significant efforts from both the public and private sectors. Barriers for mainstreaming biodiversity concerns into policy and development in Brazil include a lack of information and priority among key stakeholders, unsustainable development initiatives, and deficient coordination among public and private players.  The difficulties are compounded by Brazil’s huge geographical size and ecological differences, and a generally low public awareness of the issues.


“Brazil has taken an increasingly active role in the world debate and has taken effective steps towards the sustainable management of its natural resources.  This project is very much consistent with this effort,” said Alexandre Abrantes, Acting World Bank Director for Brazil.  “If this ground-breaking project is successful, it will support the reduction of the current rate of biodiversity loss, and increase Brazil’s contribution to the 2010 goals and targets of the International Convention on Biological Diversity.”


Responsibility for managing biodiversity in Brazil is extensive, with numerous ministries, institutes, secretariats, and departments holding responsibility for environment and biodiversity issues within the government. The project will promote the mainstreaming of biodiversity at national level in key government and private sector planning strategies and practices; and consolidate and strengthen institutional capacity to produce biodiversity information relevant to the mainstreaming.


To achieve this, the project will have three technical components: (1) mainstreaming biodiversity into selected government and economic sectors; (2) mainstreaming biodiversity into the private sector; and (3) institutional strengthening and generation of biodiversity information for policymaking.


The project will be implemented in partnership with the Ministry of the Environment and the Brazilian Biodiversity Fund (FUNBIO), and numerous government, private and NGO partners, including the Instituto Chico Mendes for Biodiversity Conservation, the Ministries of Agriculture, Agrarian Development, Health, Science and Technology, which will provide an estimated US$75 million in cofinancing funds.


On GEF and the World Bank


The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is an instrument for providing grant and concessional funding to achieve global environmental benefits in the six focal areas – climate change; biological diversity; international waters; persistent organic pollutants; land degradation; and ozone layer depletion. GEF also supports the work of the global agreements to combat desertification.


The World Bank Group is one of GEF’s implementing agencies and supports countries in preparing GEF co-financed projects and supervising their implementation. The Bank plays the primary role in ensuring the development and management of investment projects. The Bank draws upon its investment experience in eligible countries to promote investment opportunities and to mobilize private sector, bilateral, multilateral, and other government and non-government sector resources that are consistent with GEF objectives and national sustainable development strategies.

For further information on Bank’s GEF program, visit . For further information on GEF, visit

For additional information on theNational Biodiversity Mainstreaming and Institutional Consolidation Project, please visit:


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Lake Chad: environmental crisis (Google Alert / allAfrica / UN)

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Chad: SG Ban Highlights Country’s Ignored Environmental Crisis

11 September 2007

During a visit to Chad last week, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon visited Lake Chad, one of the most striking symbols of Africa’s deteriorating environment. “I came here to visit the lake to see for myself the damage caused by desertification and global warming,” Ban said. Continue reading “Lake Chad: environmental crisis (Google Alert / allAfrica / UN)”

World Bank and UNCCD (Google Alert / World Bank)

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World Bank Calls For Greater Action At The Country Level Against Desertification

International support for UNCCD, but action must be guided by country governments


In Washington, DC:Kristyn Schrader  +1-202-468-6826


MADRID, September 12, 2007 – The World Bank today called for sustained and collective action by the international community to address land degradation and desertification, but that for these efforts to bear sustainable results, action must be guided and defined at the country level.


“While desertification must be fought at all levels, it is clear that the battle must ultimately be won at the local level,” said Warren Evans, Director for Environment, World Bank, in his statement to the Eighth Session of the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), taking place this week in Madrid, Spain.  “And there is clear evidence that with sustained local commitment, success is possible.” Continue reading “World Bank and UNCCD (Google Alert / World Bank)”

9 Steps to End Poverty (Google Alert / Netscape)

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9 Steps to End Poverty

September 6th, 2007

There are more than a billion people on the planet living in poverty. I’m not talking about flipping burgers at McDonalds for minimum wage poverty. I’m talking about extreme poverty – characterized by the World Bank as living on US $1 or less per day. In today’s age of unparalleled opportunity and wealth, this is morally repugnant.

In his emotional and eloquent plea to the world’s rich, “The End of Poverty” economist Jeffrey Sachs outlines a detailed plan to end extreme poverty worldwide by the year 2025. The basic tenets follow: Continue reading “9 Steps to End Poverty (Google Alert / Netscape)”

SIDA : fighting desertification in VietNam (Google Alert / Scandasia)

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SIDA Assists Vietnam in Fighting Desertification

By Kittisak Siripornpitak

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is co-ordinating with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the World Conservation Union (IUCN) to boost information dissemination and training to increase public awareness of environmental protection and anti-desertification.    The Ministry is also accelerating economic development programmes in conjunction with the programmes to develop forests, upgrade irrigation systems, protect water sources and prevent floods, aiming to reduce poverty in the desertification-affected areas, especially the central coastal, north-western, the Long Xuyen Quardruple and Central Highlands.    Since 1998 when Vietnam joined the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the country has received assistance from its member countries and international organisations in its effort to fight desertification.    At present, the country is mapping out a programme on managing forestry land in a sustainable manner, with funding from the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Trust Fund for Forests (TFF).    With assistance form UNCCD member countries, Vietnam has developed and implemented two important national programmes relating to desertification i.e. the programmes on growing 5 ha of forest and on comprehensive growth and poverty reduction.    According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, international organisations have provided 192 million USD for Viet Nam to carry out a number of projects to prevent desertification.    Within the framework of UNCCD activities, Vietnam will attend the 8th conference of the UNCCD member countries slated for Spain from September 3-14. High on the agenda will be measures to prevent desertification and climate change which is seriously threatening people’s lives.    The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s initial survey showed that more than 4.3 million ha of bare land, exerting impacts on about 20 million people nationwide.

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VietNam to fight desertification (Google Alert / VietNamNet Bridge)

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Ministry moves to fight desertification

VietNamNet Bridge – The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is taking various measures to fight desertification in an attempt to protect the environment and ensure a sustainable development.

The measures include giving priority in compiling documents and a new law related to environment and anti-desertification issues and co-ordinating with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the World Conservation Union (IUCN) to boost information dissemination and training to increase public awareness of environmental protection and anti-desertification. Continue reading “VietNam to fight desertification (Google Alert / VietNamNet Bridge)”

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