Marrakech is hosting the 9th Global Environment Facility (GEF) biennial International Waters Conference (IWC9) to promote water sustainability November 5-8.
IWC9 is meeting under the theme “Sustaining International Waters Cooperation.” The primary purpose of the conference is to share best practices, lessons learned, and innovative solutions to promote water sustainability.
According to the UN Environment – Carribean Environment Program, IWC9 “will convene about 300 participants—comprising GEF IW project managers, representatives of beneficiary countries, non-governmental organizations, transboundary management institutions, UN Agencies and the private sector … Collectively, the participants will represent 84 active GEF IW projects, 80 countries and the various GEF Agencies.”
GEF has an impact across the globe to elevate active engagement and improve sustainable livelihoods. It is an independent organization that financially supports many countries around the globe. The funding helps tackle environmental problems related to biodiversity, forests, climate change, land degradation, the ozone layer, international waters, chemicals, and wastes.
In the Least Developed Countries Fund, GEF stated, “Since 1991, the GEF has achieved a strong track record with developing countries and countries with economies in transition, providing $10.5 billion in grants and leveraging $51 billion in cofinancing for over 2,700 projects in over 165 countries.”