International Waters learning Exchange & Resource Network

GEF International Water (IW) Focal Area

The GEF is the largest funding mechanism for multi-country collaboration on water and oceans with 156 GEF recipient countries and 24 non-recipient countries working together to manage their transboundary water resources.

The GEF International Waters (IW) focal area’s specific mandate is to support transboundary cooperation in shared marine and freshwater ecosystems. Since the inception of the GEF in the early 1990s, the IW portfolio has delivered substantive results and replicable experiences in integrated water resource resources management to be scaled-up and mainstreamed globally. The portfolio operates in transboundary water systems, such as shared river basins, lakes, groundwater and large marine ecosystems, fostering cooperation among various partners and stakeholders in addressing complex and long-lasting marine resource and/or freshwater-use conflicts and achieving long-term benefits.