The GEF is recognized as a strong supporter of Conservation Trust Funds (CTF). The GEF completed an evaluation of its experience with CTF in 1999. This evaluation assessed the experience of 13 funds. Following this evaluation, the GEF developed an internal document, the “GEF finance for biodiversity conservation trust funds, a checklist”, aiming to provide clarification on the standard practices on the use of GEF finance for CTF. In 2008, the GEF undertook, with other partners, a Rapid Assessment on CTFs, including the GEF financed ones.
Today, the GEF is supporting more than 44 Conservation Trust Funds over the world. Considering the substantial number of projects, the long-standing experience and the different approaches supported; the capitalization of GEF experience will help to define its positioning in the coming years and to further develop strategy in the CTF development among the donor community.