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1st Quarter
(March 2012) 

 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!  We present here our first quarter 2012 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. Happy reading. 


 News from Central Focal Point     

Regional CSO Consultation Meeting for North Africa and West Asia

36 CSO representatives from 15 countries in the North Africa and West Asia region attended the regional CSO Consultation Meeting which was held on 13 and 14 February 2012 in Amman, Jordan  prior to the ECW in Jordan. The meeting discussed how to strengthen the engagement of CSOs in the development and implementation of GEF projects and programmes in the region. A dialogue was also held with GEF CEO, Ms. Monique Barbut. Click here to view the report.





CBD Expert Team meeting in Quito, Equador, 3-5 March 2012

The CBD Expert Team (including Guenter Mitlacher - representative of the GEF NGO Network)  to assess the financial needs for the GEF-6 period of 2014-2018 met again in Quito, Equador on 3-5th March 2012. The zero draft assessment prepared by the CBD Secretariat was presented and the comments provided by the GEF Secretariat to the group were discussed in length. Read more >>


News from Network Regions

Southern Africa - SADC Regional Environmental Education Programme offers an opportunity to domesticate GEF aims and objectives through effective partnerships 

GEF works with organisations in the Southern African Region through Southern African Development Community (SADC) Regional Environmental Education Programme to encourage improved coordination of efforts in environmental education and training including project support. Read more >>

North East Asia - GEF SGP China organised training workshop on NGO capacity development  

26 participants attended a 3-day training workshop in Beijing, China on NGO capacity development in the first year of GEF-5 organised by the GEF SGP ChinaRead more >>


West Asia  - The Drying of Iran's Lake Urmia and its Environmental Consequences

Scientists have warned that continued decline of Iran's Lake Urmia's surface area would lead to increased salinity, collapse of the lake's food chain and ecosystem, loss of wetland habitat, wind blown "salt-storms," alteration of local climate and serious negative impacts on local agriculture and livelihoods as well as regional health. Read more >>


Central Africa  - Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) in Bujumbura, Burundi

The GEF Secretariat brought together representatives from 9 countries in the Central Africa constituency to the ECW held on 8 - 10 Feb 2012 in Bujumbura, Burundi. The 3-day meeting was intensive and interactive and was enhanced by the diversity of perspectives brought by the CSOs. It also provides 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. Click here for the workshop report>>


Eastern Europe & Central Asia  - Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) in Tirana, Albania 

 The GEF Secretariat brought together representatives from 12 members countries of GEF in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region to an ECW held on 27 - 29 March 2012 in Tirana, Albania. The workshop has enhanced the understanding about the GEF and communication between the operational focal points, convention focal points, GEF employees and civil society within the region. The ECW also facilitated joint learning processes and laid groundwork for upcoming GEF Council Meetings. Click here to read more on the workshop.

Northern Africa & West Asia  - Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) in Dead Sea, Jordan 

The GEF Secretariat brought together representatives from 13 members countries of GEF in the Northern Africa and West Asia region to an ECW held on 15 - 17 Feb 2012. 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 of much interest to the CSOs. Click here to read more on the workshop.

News from Indigenous Peoples  

Draft GEF's Principles and  Guidelines for Engagement of  Indigenous Peoples in GEF Projects and Processes 

Based on the Issues Paper submitted by the Indigenous Peoples Task Force,  GEF Secretariat has prepared a draft paper on GEF's Principles and Guidelines for Engagement of Indigenous Peoples in GEF Projects and Processes. Subsequently, the GEF organised a workshop on the 2 March 2012 in Washington DC to to present and discuss this paper. Click here to read more on the workshop.

You can download the 2nd draft GEF's Principles and Guidelines for Engagement of Indigenous Peoples in GEF Projects and Processes  here.   

News on GEF  

GEF Programs must recognise links between women and environment

On International Women's Day, GEF CEO Monique Barbut says environmental and sustainable development programs must Account for special needs, Contributions of Women in Developing World. Read more >> 



On the Fast Track to Protected, Productive Forests :  GEF-5 SFM/REDD+ Projects 

The Global Environment Facility has a strategy to invest up to $1 billion in the world’s forests in pursuit of multiple environmental and economic benefits from improved management of all types of forest to the strengthening of sustainable livelihoods for people who depend on forest resources. Read more >>

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 an 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 the second quarter of 2012 :


 42nd GEF Council Meeting, Washington DC, 3-8 June 2012


The 42nd GEF Council Meeting will be held in Washington DC from 3-8 June 2012. Prior to the meeting, the GEF Council will hold a consultation meeting with representatives of civil society on the 3 and 4 June 2012. Click here for more details. Registration of CSO seeking financial assistance to attend the meeting is now closed. However, for self sponsored participants, registration is still open until 20 May 2012.  You can register at www.thegef.org/gef/csos/Council-June-2012 or you can submit your registration form  to gefcivilsociety@thegef.org

ECW Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Date : Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - Thursday, Apri 19, 2012 
Venue: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso 
Eligible Countries : Burundi, Cameroun, CAR, Congo Republic, DRC, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Sao Tome and Principe 
ECW Antigua & Barbuda
Date : Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - Thursday, May 10, 2012
Venue: Antigua & Barbuda 
Eligible Countries :  Antigua & Bardado, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cuba, Dominica, Domican REp., Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitss & Nris, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago,  

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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