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Date: 15/11/2007
CAPE VERDE AT GLOBAL ENVIONMENT FACILITY COUNCIL MEETING IN USA

Cape Verde will be present at the 32nd meeting of the Global Environment Facility council, which will take place between November 12 and 16 in Washington, D.C. The meeting takes place immediately following a preparatory meeting of the sub-region’s focal points that took place last week in Praia.




The Global Environment Facility council is an independent entity that manages the fund itself, and has the authority to evaluate and adopt programs aimed at financing, namely in the domains of climate change and biological diversity.

According to Cape Verde’s Minister of the Environment and Agriculture, Madalena Neves, the countries in the West African sub-region are working on the recovery of lands and soil productivity increase in order to qualify for the Global Environment Facility. The Washington meeting will be used to analyze the criteria to be used for the attribution of resources and to discuss the Global Environment Facility agenda. The meeting is also expected to be used to discuss the projects to be financed by the fund.

The Global Environment Facility has been working with Cape Verde since the 1990s, financing environmental protection and environmental vulnerability management activities. Among the projects carried out within the framework of the GEF’s cooperation program with Cape Verde are “Integrated and Participatory Management of Ecosystems in Protected and Surrounding Areas,” “Climate Changes” and other initiatives for the implementation of environmental conventions ratified by Cape Verde.

The GEF council is made up of 32 members, 16 of which are developing countries and 14 of which are developing countries, as well as two countries with economies in transition.





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