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  ECW Cambodia, 19-21 March 2013


  The Expanded Constituency Workshop for South, North-East and South-East Asia was held on 19 – 21 March 2013 in Siem Reap, Cambodia.  The ECW was attended by more than 100 participants comprising of GEF focal points, focal points from the UNFCCC, representatives from civil society and representatives from the GEF Secretariat and the GEF Agencies (UNDP, UNIDO, ADB and UNEP).  The workshop provided the participants with knowledge of GEF-5 strategies, programs, policies, and procedures with focus on national capacity self assessment (NCSA), results-based management, monitoring and evaluation, and synergies in convention implementation.  Focused group discussions were held on the GEF 2020 Strategy and the Project Cycle harmonization. Part of the meeting was also dedicated to engaging the countries in the Overall Performance Study of GEF-5 (OPS5) exercise led by the GEF Evaluation Office. A session on civil society involvement  in GEF was held on Day 2 which outlined the policies and procedure for civil society participation in GEF programme and projects. It also included a practical exercise on the CSO engagement and GEF Public Involvement Policy. This session was led by Faizal Parish, from the Central Focal Point of GEF-NGO Network. Click here to view the CSO report.

A Regional CSO meeting was convened on the Day 3 of the ECW and was attended by twenty CSO representatives from ten countries. The meeting was organized by GEF NGO Network in collaboration with the GEF Secretariat. The meeting discussed a range of issues relating to the development and implementation of GEF projects and programmes in the region.  Discussion groups were organized to discuss the gaps and enhancement options of the GEF Public Involvement Policy. Click here to view the report.

To view the presentations by the CSOs on case studies in relation to the GEF Small Grants Programme, click on the following :

  1. Thailand Case study of successful CSO engagement in GEF project  - by Chalong Ditsri, Foundation for Thailand Rural Reconstruction Movement under Royal Patronage (TRRM)
  2. Establishing Vulture Safe Zone in Nepal - by Ishana Thapa, Bird Conservation Nepal
  3. Boost the Role of Environmental CSOs to Safeguard the Environment and Promote Sustainable Development - by LI Lei, All China Environment Federation (ACEF), China
  4. About Green Camel Bell  – by Yanxu Liu, Green Camel Bell, China
  5. Climate Change – Are we to blame? - by Lalit Mohan Saxena, Society for Environment & Development, India
  6. Natural Farming - A Community Project - by Subbarow Narayanan, Consumers Association of Penang, Malaysia
  7. Agriculture Biodiversity Conservation Project - by Padma Nav Paudyal, Village Environmental Development Funds  Confederation (VEDFC), Nepal



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