The George Washington University
Engineering Management & Systems Engineering Department (EMSE)
Environmental & Energy Management Program (E&EM)
Fall 1999 (Volume 1, Number 1)
E&EM Students and Faculty Meet with GEF
On November 11, 1999, a group of
graduate students and faculty met with representatives of the Global Environment
Facility (GEF) to explore ways of working together on international environmental
issues. The GEF is a relatively new organization that was established
1991 to address the world's most important environmental problems. It is underwritten by the World Bank, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). It is physically located just a few blocks from GW at 1776 G Street, N.W.
More than 155 countries are members of the GEF, which is a significant increase from the 73 nations that negotiated to restructure the GEF in 1994. At that, time these original 73 members pledged $2 billion to the GEF's core fund. In 1998, the member countries added another $2.75 billion, which is intended to fund environmental projects over a four-year period beginning in 1998. When one considers that GEF funding, on average, is matched on a 5 to 1 basis by other funding sources, about $3.5 billion per year for the resolution of environmental problems is leveraged by the GEF, making it a tremendous facilitator of environmental problem resolutions on a global basis.
At the present time, the GEF has 155 projects underway in 125 recipient countries. Funding for these projects totals about $2.5 billion. These projects generally are directed toward four major world wide environmental problems: biodiversity, climate change (mainly renewal energy sources and energy efficiency), international waters (such as major projects in the East Asian Sea and the Caribbean Sea), and ozone depletion. In addition, the GEF funds a number of "niche" projects.
Representing GW at the meeting were the following E&EM faculty and graduate students:
E&EM Faculty and graduate students at the Global Environmental Facility
In addition to the group mentioned above,
other E&EM faculty and students involved in
the GW/GEF initiative were introduced at the meeting. There included Dr.
Robert Romano (Visiting Professor in the E&EM Program), Uzo Chukwu,
Sue Hall, David Guesmas, Khalid Ben-Esse, Sergio Botero, Juan Pablo Bonilla,
Li-Chun Wu, and Hui Huang. All of these additional E&EM faculty
members and graduate students also are presently involved in international
environmental research but could not attend the meeting due to international
The principal representative of the GEF was Mr. Hutton Archer, a senior GEF executive. Ms. Song Li, a recent graduate of GW's environmental law program (who studied in the E&EM program during her law curriculum this past summer), also participated in the meeting.
The principal thrust of the discussions at the meeting focused on four joint GW/GEF initiatives:
Jonathan P. Deason, Ph.D., Lead Professor