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  2nd Quarter 2016 issue


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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.




(April - June 2016) 

Greetings from GEF-CSO Network. We are pleased to present here the 2nd quarter 2016 newsletter on the GEF-CSO Network activities, News from Secretariat, News from Network Regions and News from Members. Wish you happy reading.

News from Secretariat   

GEF-CSO Network Consultation Meeting, 6 June 2016, Washington DC.

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council Consultation meeting with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) took place on 6 June 2016, the day before the opening of the 50th meeting of the GEF Council. Participants highlighted that the events mark the 21st anniversary of the GEF-CSO Network and the 25th anniversary of the GEF. The CSO consultation included a dialogue with the GEF CEO and Chairperson, Naoko Ishii, discussions on an evaluation and recommendations for changes in the GEF-CSO Network, case studies on the GEF experience in five countries and future directions for the GEF. Click here to view the report. 


50th GEF Council Meeting, 7-9 June 2016, Washington DC

The 50th GEF Council Meeting was held in Washington DC from 7 – 9 June 2016. The Council approved a new financial initiative and an associated trust fund to help developing countries monitor and report progress in a transparent manner under the Paris Climate Agreement. In terms of funding, the Council approved an additional $40 million for the Global Wildlife Program (GWP) expanding its support in the fight against illegal trafficking to 19 countries in Africa and Asia as well as another $360 million in other projects. Click here to read more.



The Network is conducting election for the Regional Focal Points for 4 regions : South America, Central Africa, West Asia and The Pacific. Click here for more details.


Update on Network Membership

A total of 12 members have joined The Network in June 2016. Click here for the list of the new members. As of today, the Network consists of 516 members.

 News from Network Regions  
South America  -  Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) in Argentina, 18-21 April 2016 

A regional CSO meeting was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 18 April 2016 prior to the GEF ECW for the South America region which took place from 19 – 22 April 2016.


Meso America - Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) in Guatemala, 26-29 April 2016 

A regional civil society organization (CSO) meeting was held on 25 Apr 2016 in Guatemala City, Guatemala at the time of the GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) for Mesoamerica region. The meeting was attended by 33 CSO representatives from 7 countries in the region.  

West Africa - Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) in Sierra Leone, 10-13 May 2016 

The GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) for coastal West African countries was held in Freetown, Sierra Leone from the 11-13 of May, 2016. As part of the activities of the ECW, the CSO members representing 8 West African countries had a meeting on 10 May to discuss and identify concrete steps to enhance engagement in GEF CSO Network activities in the region. Click here to view the summary report.


West Africa - Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) in Dakar, Senegal, 17-20 May 2016 

A regional CSO meeting was held in Dakar, Senegal prior to the GEF ECW for West Africa region which took place from 17-20 May 2016. The meeting was attended by 12 CSO representatives from 8 countries in the region. Click here to view the summary report.



Eastern Europe & Central Asia - Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) in Astana, Kazakhstan, 28-30 June 2016 

A regional CSO meeting was held in Astana, Kazakhstan prior to the GEF ECW for Eastern Europe & Central Asia region which took place from 28-30 June 2016. The meeting was attended by 14 CSO representatives from 9 countries in the region. Click here to view the summary report.

  News from Members


D.R. Congo - Landuse and Climate Change Effects on Livelihood and Sediment and Carbon Loading in the Lake Tanganyika Region 

The biodiversity and stability of Lake Tanganyika of D.R. Congo ecosystem is increasing threatened by heavily impacted micro-catchments from the northern section. This is based on a study conducted by Aube Nouvelle pour la Femme et le Développement (ANFD). Read more. 


Lesotho - Unearthing Environmental Pollution in the Mejamatalana Stream and Valley

A project is being undertaken by the Environmental Justice and Advocacy Centre of Lesotho [LEJAC] to rehabilitate the Mejametalana Stream and Valley and restore their natural ecosystem in order to revive natural flow of the stream. Read more. 

News from Indigenous People



 GEF Launches New User Guide on Indigenous People and Project Financing

On May 12th, 2016, the GEF launched a user guide for Indigenous Peoples on GEF project financing on the margins of the 15th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.



Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 15th Session Report

UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK, June 9th, 2016 – The Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues concluded its 15th session (May 9-20th 2016) with the adoption of a report, including recommendations for States, UN bodies and indigenous peoples. The unedited version of the report is available here. The report will be presented to the Economic and Social Council in July 2016. 

News from GEF


How a Community-based Organization in Afghanistan is Transforming Lives while Caring for the Environment

WASHINGTON DC, June 7th, 2016 - In her speech on the occasion of GEF’s 25th anniversary, Farkhunda Sidiqqi, an environmental activist from Afghanistan, told a story of her community-based organization’s success in conserving the environment while creating jobs and supporting livelihoods.




New Global Effort to Safeguard Critically Endangered Species

MONTREAL, CANADA, April 28, 2016 - On the margins of an international gathering of biodiversity experts, a new initiative has been launched with support from the GEF to help prevent the extinction of rare birds and other endangered species.


News from SGP 



SGP launches the Global Indigenous Fellowship Initiative at the 15th Session of the UN's Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues


NEW YORK, May 18, 2016 - The 15th session of the UN’s Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) brought Member States and over 1,000 indigenous peoples' representatives together around the theme, 'Indigenous peoples: conflict, peace and resolution.' Read More >>



SGP Joins up Adaptation Practitioners at the 10th Community based Adaptation Conference


DHAKA, BANGLADESH, April 29, 2016 - The GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP), implemented by UNDP participated at the 10th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change (CBA10) held in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 21-28 April 2016. Read More >>


Upcoming Highlights   

GEF's Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW)

The upcoming ECWs in the next quarter of 2016 are as follows :

ECW Madagascar

Date : July 26 - 29, 2016
Venue : Madagascar
Participating countries : Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda  

Click here for details.

 ECW Central Africa

Date : Sept 6 - 9, 2016
Venue : Cameroon
Participating countries : Burundi, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tome and Principe  

Click here for details.




ECW Mena

Date : Sept 20 - 23, 2016
Venue : TBC
Participating countries : Afghanisatan, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Syria, Yemen, Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, Iran, Turkey  

Click here for details.

ECW Pacific Islands

Date : Oct 4 - 7, 2016
Venue : Fiji
Participating countries : Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Samoa, diribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, New Sealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu  

Click here for details.

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About the GEF-CSO Network

The GEF-CSO Network comprises nearly 500 member organisations with experience and expertise in GEF's 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 (RFP) organisations from 16 geographic regions and three Indigenous Peoples Focal Points (IPFP) from Asia, Africa and Latin America. The day-to-day work of the Network at global level is coordinated by a Management Team led by a Chair and Vice Chair elected from among the Coordination Committee members while work at regional level is facilitated by RFPs and IPFPs. 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 is a partnership for international cooperation where 183 countries work together with international institutions, civil society organizations and the private sector, to address global environmental issues. Since 1991, the GEF has provided $13.5 billion in grants and leveraged $65 billion in co-financing for 3,900 projects in more than 165 developing countries. For 24 years, developed and developing countries alike have provided these funds to support activities related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, and chemicals and waste in the context of development projects and programs.  For more information, please visit www.thegef.org

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