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Deforestation in the rain-forest in Acre, Western Brazil. Forests have been burnt to the ground to create temporary pastures for cattle. Pernaca Sudhakaran/1989

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is a public institution that recognizes the importance of forests, particularly their role in sustaining biodiversity, providing a range of important environmental services and offering livelihood options for people worldwide.

GEF is also a key supporter of developing countries’ efforts to sustainably manage their forests. Since 1991, it has financed over 330 projects and programmes focusing on forests totalling more than $1.6 billion.

At the UN Forum on Forests taking place in Istanbul, Turkey, the head of GEF, Naoko Ishii, explains to UN Radio's Donn Bobb the role that GEF plays in sustainable forest management and the challenges ahead.

Duration: 4'55"

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