How the FGEF acts on climate change
The FGEF encourages “mitigation” projects that seek to reduce or at least limit the consumption of non-renewable fossil fuels and GHG emissions.
The FGEF has also been supporting projects that strengthen developing countries’ capacities to adapt in the areas of surveillance, knowledge and resilience.
Contributing to sustainable forest management
Tropical forests represent 7% of the exposed landmass, and contain more than 50% of the planet’s biodiversity. They are victims of major degradation affecting more than 7 million hectares per year. Tropical forest ecosystem degradation is at the origin of 20% of green house gas released by man. Confronted with this situation, the international community has been negotiating a funding mechanism to reduce emissions related to deforestation and the degradation of forest ecosystems (REDD) since 2007, which is to be integrated into a future “climate” agreement which should take over from the Kyoto Protocol in 2012.
Reducing and curbing GHG emissions: MITIGATION
To help curb GHG emissions, FGEF projects act on energy supply and demand in developing countries. On the supply side, the FGEF finances operations to promote renewable energy, convert renewable biomass into energy and to develop energy efficient production systems.
Adapting to reduce vulnerability to climate change
The impact of climate change is very broad: modified rain patterns, increasingly frequent extreme weather events, a rise in ocean levels, freezing crops, biodiversity vulnerability,… it is necessary to anticipate these kinds of phenomena and to develop strategies in order to adapt the different sectors concerned: environment, infrastructure, health, agriculture, energy, tourism.