Moldova has been receiving funds from the GEF since 1994 via 14 national projects in the biodiversity, climate change, international waters and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) focal areas.
Syria has been receiving GEF support since 1994 via regional and national projects, the majority of which are in biodiversity, alongside climate change, persistent organic pollutants (POPs), and 1 multifocal project. This is in addition to the GEF corporate Small Grants programme.
Egypt has played a key role in the international environmental arena with strong participation and contribution to global and regional conventions. The scope of the Egypt CPE included all 19 national projects for US $87.87 million, as well as seven regional projects and one global project.
The second Annual Country Portfolio Evaluation Report is the synthesis of three country portfolio evaluations focused on Cameroon, Egypt, and Syria produced by the GEF Evaluation Office. GEF support to these three counties began in 1992 for Cameroon and Egypt and in 1994 for Syria.
Cameroon has been receiving GEF funds since 1992 via 10 national projects. About 71 per cent of funding has gone to support biodiversity projects, 25 per cent in land degradation, with the remainder split between climate change and persistent organic pollutants (POPs).
Benin has received GEF funds since 1991 and was selected in particular for evaluation due to its status as one of the world's least developed countries and its advanced work on the National Capacity Self-Assessment (NCSA). The Benin CPE focused on 13 national projects and 5 regional ones.
Madagascar has been receiving GEF funds since 1994; 97 per cent of financing has supported biodiversity projects with the remainder supporting projects in the climate change and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) focal areas.
South Africa began receiving GEF support in 1994.
The Philippines is one of the largest recipients of GEF support, with allocations in both climate change and biodiversity, and a well-established GEF Small Grants Programme. The environment sector is an essential part of the country's sustainable development agenda.