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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.

 

 

NEWSLETTER

2nd Quarter 2014
(Apr - June 2014) 

 

Greetings from GEF-CSO Network. We are pleased to present here the second quarter of 2014 newsletter to keep you updated on the GEF-CSO Network activities, news from the Network regions and Indigenous Peoples Focal Points, news on GEF and SGP and upcoming events. Happy reading.
  

  News from Central Focal Point    

5th GEF Assembly

The 5th GEF Assembly was held in Cancun, Mexico from 28 to 30 May 2014. It was attended by more than 150 member countries, 17 international organizations, and 159 civil society organizations. During the Assembly there were plenary and high-level panels discussion, exhibitions, side events and GEF project site visits.Click here to read more about the outcome of the assembly.

 


CSO Forum

The Civil Society Forum was held as part of the Fifth GEF Assembly on May 27, 2014 in Cancun, Mexico. It was jointly organized by the GEF CSO Network, the GEF Secretariat, the GEF Small Grants Program, and the Government of Mexico, bringing together over 200 representatives of civil society organizations and indigenous peoples groups from more than 80 countries around the world. Click here to read more.

 
   

GEF 46th Council Meeting

The 46th Council meeting took place from 25-27 May in Cancun. The GEF-CSO Network participated actively in the GEF Council sessions and seven formal network position papers/statements were presented to the council on the agenda items. Click here to read more.

 

CommunitiesConnect, a portable knowledge base

GEF-CSO Network in a joint effort with GEF SGP produced a portable knowledge-sharing base, "CommunitiesConnect"  to facilitate good practice exchanges and learning among communities and their organsations around the world. "CommunitiesConnect was disseminated during the GEF 5th Assembly and is accessible at www.communitiesconnect.net.

   

Update on Network Membership

The Network welcomed 12 new members to the Network in June 2014. Click here for the list of the new members. As of today, the Network consists of 453 members.  

     
 News from Network Regions  

Southern Africa  -

Renewable Energy as Catalyst to Changing the Lives of Communities Surrounding a Wind Farm

Africa Foundation for Sustainable Development (AFSD) recently initiated the "Energy4All" programme with the key objective of developing Small Medium, Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) that will be able to market, sell, install, service and maintain solar energy products. Read more >>

 
 

Mukala Tree at the Edge of Extinction

A new gem of species has suddenly sprung up, but all for wrong reasons. On the right side, the Mukula tree, which takes more than 90 years to mature, is indeed a gem! On the wrong side, anthropogenic factors are affecting its stability through widespread exploitation for short term economic gains. Read more >>  

 

  
West Africa  -  Firewood-saving stoves: Protecting the environment and empowering women

As part of a wider agricultural development project, ADPP Guinea-Bissau implement a firewood-saving cook stove initiative for women in the Empada district of southern Guinea-Bissau, thanks to the GEF Small Grants Program.  Read more>>

 
   

South Asia - Building a Future in Agreement with Our Forests

AERF (Applied Environmental Research Foundation) of India spearheads the cause of biodiversity protection of North Western Ghats through the novel approach of ‘Conservation Agreements’, thus far ensuring protection for a whopping 2500 acres of forests till 2024, and more in counting. Read more>>

 


South East Asia - GEF Support for Peatland Conservation in Southeast Asia

A GEF-supported regional project, partly implemented by Global Environment Centre, a Malaysian-based NGO was recently completed. The project supported work to rehabilitate and conserve peatland forests in 10 ASEAN member states in South East Asia.  Read more>>

 
   

Eastern Europe & Central Asia -Reducing mountain land degradation in Uzbekistan

The training workshop “Assistance in the reduction of land degeneration in mountains territories” organised by Ecoforum of Uzbekistan for farmers, experts, representatives of local and municipal authorities took place in the Akhangaran area of Uzbekistan’s Tashkent region. Read More>>

 

 
News from Indigenous Peoples    
Community Based Forest Management: Local Solutions to Global Challenges

A video produced by Asian Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) on Community Based Forest Management: Local Solutions to Global Challenges expounds on the important role of community based forest management in indigenous peoples’ livelihood and food security; spiritual and cultural values; and climate change mitigation. The video focuses on the land use system of Lua (La-weu) indigenous peoples including sustainable practice of shifting cultivation in northern Thailand; and the challenges faced by the Bhagpani and Sitalupakha Women’s Community Forestry User Groups on forest management in Nepal. Click here to watch the video.

  
News on GEF 
 

The GEF will invest US$ 130 million in projects under the Minamata Convention

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) CEO Naoko Ishii confirmed this week in Dakar, Senegal, that the GEF will invest US$ 130 million in projects for the reduction of mercury emissions and anthropogenic releases.
Read More>>

 

 
 

GEF Approved $230 million Work Program

Countries participating in the 46th Council of the GEF in Cancun approved a $230 million work program. Read More>>

News from SGP 

Celebrating the Launch of Community-Based REDD+

Over 100 people attended a reception on 14 May 2014 to celebrate the launch Community-Based REDD+ (CBR+), a new partnership between the UN-REDD Programme and the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP). Read More>>

 


Inspiring Change from the Ground Up

Community leaders share their experiences at a 5th GEF Assembly Side Event in Cancun, Mexico. Using their local knowledge and expertise, these communities are often best suited to develop solutions for the environmental challenges they encounter.  Read More>>

 

Upcoming Highlights    

12th COP Convention on Biological Diversity

The 12th COP of the Convention on Biological Diversity will be held in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea from October 06-17, 2014. Please visit here for more details

 

GEF 47th Council Meeting

The GEF 47th Council Meeting will be held in Washington DC, USA from October 27-30, 2014. A CSO-Council consultation meeting will be held prior to the meeting. Registration is now open for interested CSO to attend the meeting.  Click here to register.



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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 183 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 providing $12.5 billion in grants and leveraging $58 billion in co-financing for over 3,690 projects in over 165 countries. Through its Small Grants Programme (SGP), the GEF has also made more than 16,000 small grants directly to civil society and community based organizations, totaling $653 million. For more information, please visit www.thegef.org

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