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1st Quarter 2014
(Jan - March 2014) 

GEF-CSO Network (formerly known as 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 GEF-NGO Network. We are pleased to present here the first 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     


The Network is now officially known as GEF-CSO Network. The change is made to reflect our current role as a network of civil society organisations which acts as a bridge between civil society and the GEF.  In recent years the number of members from Indigenous peoples organisations, community based organisations and other civil society groups has grown significantly. The network has also expanded to include outreach to all CSOs working in the GEF focal areas. Click here to download the latest Network's flyer.


Fourth and Final Meeting of GEF 6 Replenishment 

The Fourth Meeting of the GEF 6 Replenishment took place in Geneva, Swizerland from the 16-17 April 2014. 2013. The GEF-NGO Network was represented by Faizal Parish, the Central Focal Point and Guenter Mitlacher, the RFP for Europe region.
At the end of the meeting, 30 donor countries pledged US$ 4.43 billion for the next 4 years of GEF activities.  Click here to view the Network Statement to the meeting and the press release from GEF Sec.


Update on Network Membership

The Network welcomed 17 new members to the Network in January 2014. Click here for the list of the new members. As of today, the Network consists of 562 members.

News from Network Regions

South East Asia  - Youth & Climate Change in Philippines

Only humans are capable of changing the climate. Humans have altered nature. We are the only beings on this planet that can truly do something about climate change. We have managed to throw off Earth’s carbon balance.



South Asia  -  Algaculture in Inundated Coastal Cornfields in India

Since climate change mitigation and poverty alleviation is a prime focal area for South Asian Forum for Environment (SAFE), it envisaged the CAPaBLE programme supported by Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN-GCR), as a capacity building and action research initiative to promote algaculture as a community based adaptive mitigation strategy for sustainable alternative livelihood in coastal villages of Sundarbans in India. Read more>>

North East Asia - Enchance Sustainability in Rural Forestry Communities in China

A project on Capacity Development for Forestry Communities to Address Climate Change in the Miyun Reservoir Watershed helped to improve the energy efficiency in rural suburban home. Read More>>




West Asia - Palestinian Environment a changing landscape

Palestine is characterized by the presence of two contradictory planning schemes that aim at exploiting its natural resources to serve two peoples: these are the endogenous Palestinian population and the Israeli settlers, which has been controlling the area since 1967. The fragile Palestinian environment has been the first casualty of this reality. Read more >>  



Eastern Europe & Central Asia  - Outreach campaign in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

The GEF-CSO’s Regional Focal Point for the region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) has launched an outreach campaign aimed at increasing membership of the Network in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Read More>>



News from Indigenous Peoples  

Celebrating Indigenous Communities’ Contribution to Forests Conservation

The International Day of Forests celebrates and raises awareness about the importance of forests and trees for our planet. One third of the world's terrestrial surface is covered by forests, supporting livelihoods for more than 1.6 billion people and hosting half of the world's land-based species of fauna and flora. Forests, as the biologically most diverse ecosystem, also provide a critical Read More>>
News on GEF  

The “BRICKS” in the Great Green Wall

The need for a strategic use of communication and knowledge sharing tools is greatly felt when organizations are dealing with big interventions in multiple countries. The Sahel and West Africa Program in Support of the Great Green Wall Initiative (SAWAP) is no exception.

 Read More>>



The GEF celebrates International Day of Forests 2014

Today, we celebrate the importance, history, and future of the world’s forests. Currently forests provide a multitude of unique forms of biodiversity, protection from desertification, and offer livelihoods and employment to over a billion people worldwide. Read More>>

News from SGP 

International Women's Day 2014: "Equality for women means better process for all"

On March 8, 2014 the world is celebrating International Women's Day with this year's theme highlighting the importance of women and gender equality as agents of economic and social development. This emphasis comes in the light of increasing recognition that women's participation typically leads to better and more sustainable development results.


 International Year of the Small Island developing states

SMALL ISLAND DEVELOPING STATES (SIDS) have always faced a range of particular challenges and vulnerabilities – isolation, limited land, and shortage of resources – which rendered the pursuit of sustainable development to be more complex. Recently, climate change effects such as sea level rise, coastal erosion and extreme weather events have added another level of difficulty for SIDS as their abilities to adapt to these monumental changes on their own are rather limited. Read More>>

Upcoming Highlights    

Fifth GEF Assembly and associated meetings

The 5th GEF Assembly and associated meetings will be held in Cancun Mexico from May 25-30, 2014. There will be a Civil Society Forum on Tuesday, May 27, 2014. Please visit  www.gefassembly.org for details and registration.

Support the Network!  

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 GCN. 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 CSO 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 GCN or GEF website or anything related to the GCN, 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-CSO Network

The GEF-CSO Network comprises nearly 600 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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