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Focal Areas

GEF grant financing is available for projects in six focal areas - Biodiversity; Climate Change; International Waters; Ozone Depletion; Land Degradation; and Persistent Organic Pollutants.


The World Bank’s portfolio of projects covers all focal areas and all Bank regions.  The figure below provides a glimpse of the distribution of full-size GEF projects with the Bank over the last 19 years between focal areas.  Climate change and biodiversity dominate the World Bank’s GEF portfolio with 40% and 33% of the total GEF grants of full-size projects.


Council Approval 1991-2010

Distribution by Focal Area

(Total Council Amount $4.5 billion)

Focal Area Graph

Click on the appropriate link on the left navigation menu for further information on these focal areas.

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