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Ozone Depletion

Stratospheric ozone is constantly being created and destroyed by natural photochemical processes. In recent decades, however, human activity involving the release of certain chemicals (chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), halons, and a broad range of industrial chemicals) has dramatically accelerated the destruction of the ozone layer, a shield around the earth which protects life from dangerous ultraviolet radiation from the sun.

The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is a landmark international agreement designed to protect the stratospheric ozone layer.  The GEF complements the work undertaken by the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol (MLF), the financial mechanism of the Montreal Protocol, by addressing the production and consumption of ozone-depleting substances in countries with economies in transition not covered by the MLF.

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