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GEF Approves WWF for Formal Accreditation as GEF Project Agency

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) issued the following statement from David Reed, senior vice president for policy, on the Global Environment Facility (GEF) independent accreditation panel’s approval for WWF to proceed to the final stage of the GEF accreditation process. When officially accredited as a GEF agency, WWF will be able to assist governments and other NGOs in the development, implementation, and management of GEF projects:

"Today’s decision to move WWF to the final stage of the accreditation process marks a milestone in our organization’s half century history working to protect the future of people and nature. By working in concert with the GEF, we can leverage the expertise of both organizations to ensure that large-scale conservation initiatives around the world are effective, efficient, and sustainable. We look forward to prioritizing our work with other GEF agencies and strengthening the capacity of government partners to reach shared environmental objectives.

"We are honored to be among the first environmental non-governmental organizations to reach this stage in the accreditation process. We appreciate the GEF’s guidance through this process and their trust in WWF to manage these critical conservation investments."

Statement from GEF CEO and Chairperson Dr. Naoko Ishii on today’s announcement:

"We at the GEF congratulate Conservation International and World Wildlife Fund-US upon reaching this important milestone in the GEF accreditation process. The accreditation of new GEF Project Agencies, enabling them to access GEF funds for environmental projects, is an important way to strengthen the GEF Partnership, and only by working together—across international institutions, national governments, civil society organizations, and the private sector—can we hope to address the drivers of global environmental degradation."