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December 2011 

 GEF-NGO Network is an independent network of civil society organisations which acts as a bridge between civil society and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) - the largest global financing mechanism for the environment.


Greetings from the GEF NGO Network! As we enter 2012, we present here our last quarter 2011 newsletter to keep you updated on the GEF Network activities, news from the Network regions and Indigenous Peoples Focal Points, news on GEF and upcoming events. We would like to wish all our readers a Happy New Year 2012 and may 2012 brings a better improvement to our environment and Mother Earth. 


 News from Central Focal Point         

GEF Council-CSO Consultation Meeting, 7 Nov 2011

More than 120 representatives from the civil society, GEF Council members, GEF Agencies and the GEF Secretariat attended the recent GEF Council-CSO Consultation Meeting which was held on 7 Nov 2011 in Washington DC prior to the 41st GEF Council Meeting. Active debates were held on issues of environmental and social safeguards, conventions and indigenous peoples. Click here to view the report.



COP17 UNFCCC, Durban, South Africa

The GEF NGO Network represented by Mr. Faizal Parish, the Central Focal Point (CFP) was at the COP 17 UNFCCC from 29 Nov - 10 Dec 2011 in Durban, South Africa. COP17 was a key event for the global environment is that key agreements were made on the next steps to address global climate change. The Cconference was extended by more than a day to enable final agreement to be reached. Amongst other important issues. It was agreed that a second commitment period (2013-1018) would be established under the Kyoto protocol during which Annex 1 (developed) countries would have fixed targets for emission reduction, It was also agreed that by 2015 a new global agreement would be finalised to set mechanisms for emission reductions by both developed and developing countries starting in 2020. With regard to finance, the establishment of the proposed Green Climate Fund was initiated.  With regard to REDD, further agreement was reached on environmental and social safeguards and determination of national reference levels.





CBD Expert Meeting on GEF-6 Needs Assessment for Biodiversity met in Japan

The CBD Secretariat with financial support of the government of Japan convened the second meeting of the CBD expert group on 18-20 Dec 2011 in Japan to develop a report on the financial needs assessment for biodiversity for the GEF-6 replenishment. Read more >>



Update on Network Membership

The Network welcomed 20 new members to the Network between October and November 2011. Click here for the list of the new membersAs of today, the Network consists of 454 members. Click here for the membership breakdown according to regions and focal areas.

News from Network Regions

Southern Africa - Climate Change threatens Nile, Limpopo Rivers

Rising global temperatures and shifting rainfall patterns could affect water flows on Africa's mighty Nile and Limpopo rivers, an agricultural research group has noted. The group's projections found that between now and 2050 hotter weather and fewer rains could hurt food production and deepen poverty. Read more >>


North East Asia - Capacity Development for Forestry Communities in China to address Climate Change 

A project supported by GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) and implemented by Beijing Forestry Society (BFS) introduced carbon sequestration afforestation and close-to-nature forest management methods to forest community residents in the Miun Reservoir waters to address climate change. The project gave technical training and management demonstration to the community and transformed their traditional energy-inefficiency lifestyleRead more >>
 Caribbean  - Regional CSOs Workshops 

The Caribbean Forest Conservation Association (CFCA) of Trinidad and Tobago organised and facilitated two regional workshops on the GEF in Trinidad and Tobago and Dominica on 13 Aug 2011 and 8 Sept 2011 respectively. These two workshops were well attended and achieved its objective of sensitizing CSO’s on the role and value of the GEF. To view the workshop reports, click Trinidad and Tobago Workshop or Dominica Workshop.


Western Africa  - Ghana Holds First GEF National Portfolio Formulation Exercise

Ghana Environmental Conventions Coordinating Authority (GECCA) on behalf of Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology (MEST) has organized the first National Portfolio Formulation Exercise (NPFE) to allocate Ghana’s GEF 5 resources to the three (3) focal areas-Climate Change, Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Land Management. Read more >>



Eastern Europe and Central Asia - Regional Focal Point launches outreach campaign in the Eastern Europe and Central Asian region of the GEF NGO Network

Caucasus Environmental NGO Network (CENN), RFP of the EECA region, recently launched an outreach campaign aimed at increasing the membership of the GEF NGO Network in the EECA region. Read more >> 


Eastern Africa  - Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) in Nairobi, Kenya

The GEF Secretariat brought together representatives from the 13 members of the Eastern Africa GEF Constituency to the ECW held on 27 Oct 2011. It was an excellent opportunity for the CSOs to be updated and familiarise with GEF procedures as a financial mechanism. The country driven approach of GEF was discussed. The GEF5 STAR allocation, its new allocation areas and comparison with GEF4 RAF were much interest to the CSOs. Click here for the workshop report>>


Southern Africa  - Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) in Cape Town, South Africa

The workshop which took place from 1 to 3 November 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa was attended by 13 CSO representatives from 8 countries in the Southern Africa region. The meeting brought together GEF focal points, focal points from the main Conventions (Biodiversity, Desertification, Climate Change and POPs), representatives from civil society and representatives from GEF agencies and kept them abreast of GEF strategies, policies and procedures and to encourage coordination. It was an opportunity for the CSO to interact with staff from the GEF Secretariat and the GEF Agencies and to discuss priority issues and share lessons and experiences from the development and implementation of GEF projects and their integration within national policy frameworks.   


News from Indigenious People  

Indigenous Peoples Task Force completes Issues Paper 

An Indigenous Peoples Task Force which was established in July 2011 has prepared an issues paper on GEF and Indigenous peoples as an input to the process by GEF to develop a Policy Paper on Indigenous peoples. Click here to read more and to download the Issues Paper (available in 3 languages) >>



African Regional Consultation on the Draft Issues Paper for GEF Indigenous Peoples Policy

Indigenous Information Network (IIN) organized a one-day Consultative Workshop on the Draft Issues Paper for the GEF Indigenous Peoples Policy in Nairobi, Kenya on the 15th October 2011 at the Tumaini Centre. The consultative workshop was attended by twenty (20) participants drawn from diverse Indigenous peoples groups from the continent, particularly, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria and Sudan. Read more >>


News on GEF      

 GEF 41st Council Meeting, 7-10 Nov 2011

The 41st GEF Council Meeting was recently concluded in Washington DC on November 10, 2011. More than 25 CSO representatives observed the GEF Council sessions by rotationDuring the meeting, CSOs had made significant impact with their comments on the private sector engagement, minimum standards for environmental and social safeguards and GEF Work Program. Six formal network position/statement papers were presented to the council on the agenda item. Click here for the CSO's report.




GEF council members approve more than half a billion dollars worth of projects – the second largest GEF work program in its history

On 9 Nov 2011, the GEF Council, the governing body of the Global Environment Facility, approved an unprecedented large work program within the fifth replenishment cycle of the GEF. With 40 stand alone projects and 9 programmatic approaches amounting to $516.40 million, this work program represents double the average submissions made since its creation 20 years ago.


Upcoming Highlights        

Upcoming GEF's Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW)

Building on the success of the first year of ECWs in 2011, the 2nd year will further strengthen participants knowledge of GEF-5 strategies, programs, policies, and procedures.  The 3-day ECW is intensive and interactive and will be enhanced by the diversity of perspectives brought by its participants.The ECW will also be opportunity to discuss priority issues and share lessons and experiences from the development and implementation of GEF projects and their integration within national policy frameworks. One CSO representative from each country will be eligible for co-funding. The following are the upcoming ECWs in 2012 :

ECW Bujumbura, Burundi
Date : Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - Friday, February 10, 2012 
Venue: Bujumbura, Burundi 
Eligible Countries : Burundi, Cameroun, CAR, Congo Republic, DRC, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Sao Tome and Principe 
ECW Jordan
Date : Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - Friday, February 17, 2012 
Venue: Dead Sea, Jordan 


ECW San Jose, Costa Rica
Date : Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - Thursday, March 8, 2012  
Venue: San Jose, Costa Rica 
Eligible Countries :  Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and Venezuela  
ECW Tirana, Albania
Date : Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - Thursday, March 29, 2012  
Venue: Tirana, Albania 
Eligible Countries : Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Georgia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine 

For further information and application click here. 

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About the GEF NGO Network

The GEF NGO Network is an independent Network of civil society organizations (CSOs) established in 1995 to facilitate civil society inputs to GEF processes. The GEF-NGO Network comprises nearly 450 member organizations with experience and expertise in GEFs areas of work from all regions around the world. It is governed by a global Coordination Committee composed of representatives of elected Regional Focal Point organisations from 15 geographic regions and three Indigenous Peoples Focal Points from Asia, Africa and Latin America. The day-to-day work of the Network is coordinated by a Central Focal Point (CFP) elected from among the Coordination Committee members. It has been recognised by the GEF Council and GEF Secretariat as a key entity in the work of the GEF. For more information, please visit www.gefcso.org.  


About the Global Environment Facility

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) unties 182 member governments – in partnership with international institutions, non-governmental organizations and the private sector to address global environmental issues. An independently operating financial organisations, the GEF provides grants to developing countries and countries with economics in transition for project related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer and persistent organic pollutants. These projects benefit the global environment, linking local, national and global environmental challenges and promoting sustainable livelihoods.
Establish in 1991, the GEF is today the largest public funder of projects to improve the global environment. The GEF has allocated $9.2 billion, supplemented by more than $40 billion in cofinancing, for more than 2,7000 projects in more than 165 developing countries and countries with economics in transition. Through its Small grants Programme (SGP), the GEF has also made more than 12,000 small grants directly to nongovernmental and community Organisation, totaling $495 million. For more information, please visit www.thegef.org

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