United Nation’s programmes

98) Through the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Finland will actively support measures that promote the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.

   

Responsible institutions: Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Ministry of the Environment

   
Schedule: 2013–2020

   

Status in 2018: Finland has provided 26.7 million euros of universal funding for UNEP over the action plan period 2013–2017. During 2013–2015 the annual support varied between 8.4 and 6.7 million euros, but fell to approximately two million euros in 2016 and 2017 due to cuts in development funding.

Finland gave a total of 66.4 million euros of additional funding to GEF in  2013–2017 of which 1/3 was channelled directly to promote biodiversity. The rest of the funding was divided in 2014–2018 between the themes of climate change (28%), chemicals and waste (13%), international waters (10%) and land degradation (10%). The funding provided by Finland to GEF has been non-earmarked core funding.

Similar to funding to UNEP, Finland annual contribution to GEF decreased markedly in 2016 and 2017. Globally GEF has helped to improve the management of 860 million hectares of protected areas and helped economies in transition to increase the sustainability of the use of 353 million hectares of their productive land and sea areas.

 

 
Figure. The funding provided by Finland to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in 2010–2017.