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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.




(October - December 2016) 

As we enter a new year 2017, we present here the last quarter of 2016 newsletter on the GEF-CSO Network activities, News from Secretariat, News from Network Regions and News from Members. Wish everyone a Happy New Year.

News from Secretariat   

GEF-CSO Network Consultation Meeting, 24 Oct 2016, Washington DC.

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council Consultation meeting with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) took place on 24 Oct 2016, the day before the opening of the 51st meeting of the GEF Council. 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. 


51st GEF Council Meeting, 25-27 Oct 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.


Election of Regional Focal Point for Central Africa region

The election for the Central Africa region which was initiated in July 2016 was finally completed in December 2016. The Network welcomes the new elected RFP, Aube Nouvelle pour la Femme et le Développement (ANFD-Non-profit NGO of Democratic Republic of Congo represented by Mr. Crispin SWEDI BILOMBELE whose tenure will commence on 14 Dec 2016 for a 4-year term. The Network would like to thank Ms. Priscilla Achakpa, the West Africa RFP who was acting as the Interim RFP for the Central Africa region since June 2015 and all who have participated in the election.


Update on Network Membership

A total of 6 members have joined the Network in December 2016. Click here for the list of the new members. As of today, the Network consists of 516 members.

 News from Network Regions  


East Africa - World Mountain Forum 2016 Concludes with Strong Recommendations 

The World Mountain Forum (WMF) was held on 17-20 Oct 2016 in Uganda. ARCOS of Uganda shared the outcome of the Forum which brough together 280 scientists, civil society, private sector, communities and policy makers from 39 countries to discuss Sustainable Mountain Development issues and drive action that helps harness the potential of mountains as pillars of sustainable development. Click here to view the full story.


Southern Africa - Vanishing Forest, landscapes and Rivers

HIVOS - a Dutch development non governmental organisation in association with the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) brought together stakeholders from among civil society organisations and small scale farmers to a two day workshop dubbed “Food Change Lab-Zambia” from 14-15 November 2016 . Click here to view the full story.


Asia - The Warrior of Papua New Guinea

Willie Kerenga is a peace-builder. He grew up in the Highlands village which suffered from inter-tribal warfare for over three decades. The war claimed hundreds of lives, destroyed entire villages and hampered development. Click here to view the full story.




Eastern Europe & Central Asia - Sustainable Tourism in Georgia 

Tourism development always needs to respect the environment and refer to accepted principles of sustainabil planned to make balanced use of the resources of nay time. Thus, the tourism sector needs to invest in the main natural environment If properly, tourism can become a positive force for conservation and environmental enconomic development our. Click here to view the summary report.

News from Indigenous People


Indigenous women in Asia meet for the 3rd annual regional exchange

30 indigenous women from eight countries in Asia gathered in Yangon, Myanmar for AIPP’s 3rd Exchange Visit with the theme: Building and Strengthening Women’s Networks in the Mekong Region and South Asia on November 30, 2016. Supported by local host Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO), the indigenous women participants from Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Mainland and Northeast India, Nepal and Cambodia actively engaged, shared and collaborated over the course of the four-day event, particularly on their experiences of climate change within their respective contexts. Read More >>


Exploring the link between culture and biodiversity – CBD COP13

On 11 December 2016, the important link between cultural and biological diversity was highlighted as part of the "Muuch 'tambal" Summit on Indigenous Experience: Traditional Knowledge, biological and cultural diversity at COP13.


News from GEF


25 Years of the GEF

24 Oct 2016 - The GEF  published a new book this week to mark its 25th anniversary, and launched it at the 51st meeting of its Council. The book tells many of the effects of the GEF's funding told by governments, partners, agencies and convention secretariats.




From gold mining to marine pollution and biodiversity protection, GEF Council approves suite of new innovative initiatives to benefit the global environment

Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), is both to inform miners in Colombia, Guyana, Peru, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Philippines, Indonesia and Mongolia and to design and deploy ways in which they can get loans to switch from mercury-based extraction techniques to cleaner and more efficient ones. 


News from SGP 


Recognizing ICCAs at CBD COP 13

8 December 2016- This side event, moderated by Dr. Terence Hay-Edie, Programme Advisor for Biodiversity at UNDP/GEF SGP, began with a short video describing ICCA-GSI. The event discussed the central role of ICCAs in achieving several Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and in enhancing protected area governance around the world.

Read More >>                 



Upcoming Highlights   

GEF's Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW)

The upcoming GEF ECWs in the next quarter of 2017 are as follows :

ECW Swaziland

Date : Feb 21 - 24, 2017
Venue : Lobamba, Swaziland, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Participating countries : , Uganda  

Click here for details.




ECW Vietnam

Date : Apr 4 - 7, 2017
Venue : Da Nang, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam+ Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepol, and Sri Lanka+China
Participating countries : and Principe  

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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