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Echoes from 2023 GEF council - NaijaAgroNet

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The 64th Council Meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), ended in Brazil with some major pronouncements in support of the proposed clean up of the ocean, reports NaijaAgroNet.
Echoes from 2023 GEF council - NaijaAgroNet
Some of these pronouncement came from the Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), QU Dongyu; Vladimir Ryabinin, IOC-UNESCO Executive Secretary; Sergio Díaz-Granados, Executive President of CAF, Bruno Carrasco, Director General, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, ADB and Ines Rocha, EBRD Managing Director, Impact and Partnerships in this vox pop as captured here by NaijaAgroNet.

“Transforming agrifood systems on land, in order to transform agrifood systems in our seas, is a win-win solution for people and the planet. We need to work collectively to protect marine biological diversity, and this new partnership will harness our strengths to safeguard our resources on land and under water. Together, we can turn the tide on pollution for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life.” – QU Dongyu, FAO Director-General.

“The quantitative description of the ocean, including marine pollution and oxygen loss, is drastically incomplete and, as a result, our current knowledge is insufficient to effectively inform solutions to the ocean issues that humanity is now facing. By joining forces, FAO, ADB, CAF, EBRD, and IOC-UNESCO are embarking on a collaboration to address coastal pollution. This partnership leverages the strengths and expertise of each organization, ensuring a comprehensive approach to safeguarding marine ecosystems. Working together, in the spirit of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, we will make a step towards the ocean we need for the future we want." - Vladimir Ryabinin, IOC-UNESCO Executive Secretary.

“Oceans face serious sustainability problems, mostly caused and accelerated by climate change, such as increasingly acidic and warmer waters, rising sea levels and overexploitation of marine stocks. In Latin America and the Caribbean, marine ecosystems show a reduction in the abundance, density and cover of coral and of stocks of fish and marine fauna, changes in plankton and loss of wetland ecosystems. This financing reaffirms the multilateral commitment to lead the fight against climate change and promote the development of the blue economy." - Sergio Díaz-Granados, Executive President of CAF.

"We, at the EBRD, are very glad to have joined forces with FAO, ADB, CAF and IOC-UNESCO to co-lead the GEF’s Clean and Healthy Oceans Program. This new partnership benefits from each organisation’s strengths and highlights our robust commitment to blue-green investments. We understand the critical importance of a sustainable blue economy for the development of our regions, in particular in the Mediterranean, and the integral role of the seas and oceans in climate action. Only by working together we can fight environmental degradation in marine ecosystems.” - Ines Rocha, EBRD Managing Director, Impact and Partnerships.

"The Asian Development Bank is excited to join the GEF Clean and Healthy Oceans Integrated Program together with CAF, EBRD, FAO, and IOC-UNESCO, at a crucial time when collective action to safeguard ocean health is of utmost importance. The program aligns with ADB’s $5 billion Healthy Oceans Action Plan, which finances projects on ocean health and the marine economy, including cofinancing from development partners. ADB is prioritizing work with the private sector to advance solutions through integrated nature-based and pollution control investments, promoting circular economy systems, supporting ecosystems regeneration projects, and expanding regional cooperation,. Under the CHO-IP, ADB will support in addressing the challenges brought about by climate change and boost ocean investment in its developing member countries." - Bruno Carrasco, Director General, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, ADB.

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