Click here for search results

About Us

The primary role of the World Bank is to assist countries alleviate poverty and attain their development goals in a sustainable manner. However, sustainable economic development is threatened by a wide range of global environmental issues. Hence, the World Bank can better help countries to meet their development goals if it also assists them to address these global environmental issues. Consultations are currently ongoing for a new Environment Strategy - see link on right for latest updates.


The World Bank Group's Global Environment Facility (GEF) Coordination Team consists of environment specialists, Regional Coordinators and IFC staff who work closely with World Bank clients, regional project teams, and GEF partners to identify and prepare projects which are in full conformity with the guidance provided by the Conference to the Parties for the UN Conventions on Biodiversity, Climate Change and Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), and meet the financing criteria of the GEF and Montreal Protocol.


The World Bank Group’s portfolio of GEF projects includes over 700 projects approved by GEF Council.  This represents grant commitments of US$4.5 billion from the GEF.  In support, the Bank has leveraged cofinancing – an additional US$27.2 billion from IBRD/IDA and other sources:



About Us GEF Overview graphic



World Bank Country Offices and Regional Missions are the first point of contact for most government officials, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and other local partners interested in GEF support. For questions concerning the World Bank and GEF, you may also send an email message to the World Bank's GEF Coordination Team at:


Global Environment Facility Coordination Team
Environment Department
The World Bank
1818 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20433

Telephone: +1 202 473 1590

About Us