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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.



2nd Quarter
(April - June 2013) 
We are pleased to present here the 2nd quarter of 2013 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   

GEF-CSO Consultation Meeting, 17 June 2013, Washington DC.

More than 100 representatives from civil society, GEF Council members GEF Agencies and the GEF Secretariat attended the consultation meeting on the 17 June 2013 in Washington DC, held prior to the 44th GEF Council Meeting. The meeting included a one hour dialogue between civil society and the GEF CEO and two panel sessions to discuss the status and progress of the work for the GEF6 and the vision and long term strategy for GEF2020 Strategy.  Click here to view the report.


44th GEF Council Meeting, 18-20 June 2013, Washington DC

The 44th GEF Council Meeting was held in Washington DC from 18-20 June 2013. This meeting was important as a number of key decisions were made including welcoming Government of Mexico's proposal to host the next GEF Assembly, approving a work program totaling $369.82 million, expanding the roster of GEF Partner Agencies, and approving initial funding for the new Minamata Convention on Mercury. Click here for the report on the Network activities during the meeting.


Update on Network Membership

The Network welcomed 18 new members to the Network in May 2013. Click here for the list of the new members. As of today, the Network consists of 528 members. The membership renewal for members who are more than 3 years old which is currently underway is expected to be completed by 31 July 2013.

 News from Network Regions  

East Africa - Regional CSO Meeting during ECW Rwanda, 16 May 2013

Parallel to the ECW Rwanda, a regional civil society organization (CSO) meeting was held on the 16 May 2013. The meeting was attended by CSO representatives from 13 countries in the Eastern Africa region. The CSO meeting collated views on the ECW and provided a platform were CSOs shared practices, experiences on their engagements with GEF. Click here for the report.



North Africa - Conservation of Kneiss Islands nature reserve, Tunisia

"The nature reserve of  Kneiss islands is the pillar of sustainable development project of the delegations of graiba". This is a GEF SGP PROJECT of Association of Continuity Generations in the region of Sfax, Tunisia (on the focal area of international water and biodiversity). In this project, poster was produced on the different components of the project and it was presented during the "Exchanged workshop on lessons learned from implementations of projects" organized by the Tunisia Federation of Environment and Development with GEFSGP. The association also organized an activity in the school where the school children planted olives trees on World Biodiversity Day. For more details on the project, please visit the facebook page:




South Africa - Transforming a community through the holistic development of local education

Africa Foundation for sustainable Development (AFSD)  and the Adopt-a-School Foundation joined forces to transform Escola Primaria Completa in Ressano Gracia, Mozambique. In July 2012, a primary school in Escola Primaria Completa was officially adopted. This school has 1,400 learners and 5 subsidiary schools, all of which will benefit from the adoption. The adoption process will ensure that all learners are given full school uniform including school shoes and two school excursions will be sponsored which will be of immense value to the development of the learners.  Read more>>


Central Africa - Regional CSO Meeting during ECW Congo, 13 June 2013

Parallel to the ECW Congo which was held in Brazzaville, a regional civil society organization (CSO) meeting was held on the 13 June 2013. The meeting was attended by CSO representatives from 9 countries in the Central Africa region. Click here for the report. Read more


Eastern Europe & Central Asia - Regional CSO Meeting during ECW Tajikistan, 2 May 2013

The Expanded Constituency Workshop for Eastern Europe and Central Africa took place in Dushanbe, Tajikistan from 30 April - 2 May 2013. The participants include representatives from Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Russian Federation and Kyrgyzstan. Click here for the report.


North East Asia - Waste disposal in pasture on Qinghai-Tibet plateau

With the support from Global Environment Facility Small Grant Programme and United Nations Development Programme, Greenriver Environmental Protection Association of Sichuan started a Project on Reduction of POPs at the Source of Yangtze River and Development of Alternative Livelihood to Achieve Sustainable Grasslands Management.

News from the Indigenous Peoples

GEF Indigenous Peoples Advisory Group Established

In implementing the GEF Principles and Guidelines for the engagement with Indigenous Peoples; a paper that was adopted in September 2012 to further enhance GEF's engagement with Indigenous Peoples in its projects and policies, GEF has established an Indigenous Peoples Advisory Group.  The key objective of the GEF Indigenous Peoples Advisory Group is to provide advice to the GEF Indigenous Peoples focal point on the operationalization and reviewing of the Principles and Guidelines paper, particularly on the appropriate modality to enhance dialogue among the Indigenous Peoples, GEF Partner Agencies, GEF Secretariat and other experts.

The Advisory Group is consisted of the following members, including Indigenous Peoples, expert, and representative of the GEF Agencies.

  • Ms. Lucy Mulenkei, Executive Director of the Indigenous Information Center
  • Ms. Mrinalini Rai, Chiang Mai University
  • Mr. Marcial Arias Garcia, Policy Advisor, International Alliance of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples of the Tropical Forests  
  • Mr. Legborsi Saro Pyagbara, President, Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (Representative of the GEF NGO Network)
  • Mr. Gonzalo Oviedo, Senior Advisor, Social Policy Program, IUCN (Expert)
  • Mr. Terence Hay-Edie, Programme Advisor, United Nations Development Programme (GEF Agency Principal Representative);
  • Mr. Carlos Perez-Brito, Social Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank (GEF Agency Alternate Representative).
  • Ms. Yoko Watanabe, Indigenous Peoples Focal Point and Senior Biodiversity Specialist, GEF Secretariat

Indigenous People Reaffirm Their Rights in Preparation for the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples 2014

18 June, 2013 –In preparation for the United Nations World Conference on Indigenous Peoples to be hosted by the UN General Assembly in 2014, Indigenous Peoples meeting in Alta, Norway, have reaffirmed their inalienable rights to self-determination and to sovereignty over their natural resources. Read more >>

 News on GEF

GEF CEO Naoko Ishii Opens 44th GEF Council Meeting

Washington DC, 19 June 2013 –  Ambitious Council agenda includes discussion of upcoming work program, GEF role in new Minamata Mercury Convention, long-term strategic plans, accreditation of new GEF agencies.  Read more


GEF-Funded Project Supports Harmonious Relationship Between Wildlife and IPs 

Nepal, 28 May 2013 - A GEF funded project significantly reduces the sometimes deadly conflicts between people and wildlife, and helps conserve critical wetlands in Nepal.  Read more


 News from SGP

SGP's work with youth was highlighted at Bonn Climate Change Conference

On 19 June 2013, The GEF Small Grants Programme is featured in " Youth in Action on Climate Change: Inspiration from Around the World", a new publication which was debuted at the Bonn Climate Change Conference. Read more



Two GEF Small Grants Programme projects win the "Green Oscar"

 The Turkish Mediterranean Conservation Society and the Kuzey Doga Society, grantee partners of the GEF Small Grants Programme, received the Whitley Award.  Read more


 Upcoming Highlights  
GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW)

ECW Zambia

Date : Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - Thursday, July 18, 2013
Venue: Livingstone, Zambia

Countries invovled : Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nambia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe

ECW Eastern Europe

Date : Wed, Sept 4, 2013 - Fri, Sept 6, 2013
Venue : Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Countries invovled : Albania,, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia Georgia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine

For further information and application click here

ECW Western Africa

Date     : Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013 - Thursday, Oct 3, 2013
Venue   : Abuja, Nigeria
Countries involved : Benin, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea , Liberia, NIgeria, Sierra Leone and Togo.

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Be a Member

If you are an NGO which has working experience in GEF focal areas, we encourage you to apply to be a member of the GNN. Being a member will help your organisation be involved in GEF policy  decisions and provide you with a network of other NGOs to work with. Click here to apply.
Help the GEF NGO Network build a rich network of people, organisations, information and knowledge to share with other NGOs. Contribute articles and publications and be an active member of the Network.
If you have any feedback or comments about the GNN or GEF website or anything related to the GNN, we would love to hear from you! The network relies on active participation from its members and your feedback is important for us to improve.

About the GEF NGO Network

The GEF-NGO Network comprises nearly 500 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 16 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) unites 182 countries in partnership with international institutions, civil society organizations (CSOs), and the private sector to address global environmental issues while supporting national sustainable development initiatives. Today the GEF is the largest public funder of projects to improve the global environment. An independently operating financial organisations, the GEF provides grants for projects related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer and persistent organic pollutants.
Since 1991, the GEF has achieved a strong track record with developing countries and countries with economies in transition, providing $10.5 billion in grants and leveraging $51billion in co-financing for over 2,700 projects in over 165 countries. Through its Small grants Programme (SGP), the GEF has also made more than 14,000 small grants directly to civil society and community Organisation, totaling $634 million. For more information, please visit www.thegef.org

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