The Global Environment Facility (GEF) was established on the eve of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, to help tackle our planet’s most pressing environmental problems. Since then, the GEF has provided $14.5 billion in grants and mobilized $75.4 billion in additional financing for almost 4,000 projects. The GEF has become an international partnership of 183 countries, international institutions, civil society organizations, and private sector to address global environmental issues.

The GEF’s 18 implementing partners are: Asian Development Bank (ADB), African Development Bank (AFDB), Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), Conservation International (CI), Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Foreign Economic Cooperation Office – Ministry of Environmental Protection of China (FECO), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Fundo Brasileiro para a Biodiversidade (FUNBIO), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), West African Development Bank (BOAD), World Bank Group (WBG), World Wildlife Fund U.S. (WWF).

To coordinate the support activities of GEF in Vietnam, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has established the Viet Nam GEF Steering Committee and the Viet Nam GEF Office. Viet Nam GEF Steering Committee headed by the Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment and includes 18 members who are leaders of departments of Natural Resources and Environment Ministry and other relevant ministries, including the State Bank of Vietnam, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Viet Nam GEF Operational Focal Point is the Deputy Director General of International Cooperation Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

Last time, the GEF has funded Vietnam totaling 98 projects, of which 53 national projects and 45 regional and global projects. GEF support has been a positive contribution to solving environmental problems in Vietnam in particular and global environmental issues in general.