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MPs scrutinise UK aid through Global Environment Facility

9 June 2022

The UK’s relationship with the main body for enabling developing countries to invest in nature and support the implementation of international environmental conventions will be scrutinised by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee at an evidence session on Wednesday, June 15 at 2.45pm in Committee Room 6 of the House of Commons.

MPs are due to question the leaders of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), which supports the implementation of agreements such as the UN Framework on Climate Change and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification.

The GEF achieves its goals through making grants to projects addressing issues such as climate change, land degradation and biodiversity. For example, in 2022, the organisation invested more than $3.5bn. to conserve and sustain biodiversity.

Purpose of the session

The Committee may ask questions on subjects including:

  • the role of the GEF;
  • how it works in practice on issues such as land and water environmental protection, as well as matters concerning waste management; and
  • how GEF policies align with the UK’s international environmental aims.  

During the last round of GEF funding (2018-2022) the UK committed £250m. UK funding for the GEF is currently the responsibility of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office – although in previous years it has been shared with the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Witnesses

Wednesday 15 June

At 2.45pm

  • Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, CEO and Chair, GEF
  • Gustavo Alberto Fonseca, Director of Programs, GEF

Further information

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