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September 2011 

 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 the GEF NGO Network! This is a quarterly newsletter that goes out to all GEF NGO members. Our newsletters will keep you updated on GEF Network activities, news from the Network regions and Indigenous Peoples Focal Points, news on GEF and upcoming events. 


 News from Central Focal Point     

 GEF 40th Council Meeting
40 representatives from the GEF NGO Network attended the 40th GEF Council Meeting which was held in Washington DC from 23 - 26 May 2011. The meeting was a milestone for CSOs as their input during this meeting has made significant impact on the proposed GEF's standards on Environment and Social Safeguards and Gender Mainstreaming. Significant development was also made on the proposed GEF's policy on Indigenous Peoples with input from representatives from indigeneous peoples.



 Green Climate Fund

 The CFP represented by Mr. Faizal Parish was invited to be a panel in the workshop on Lessons Learned from Relevant Funds and Institutions for the Design of the Green Climate Fund on 12 July 2011 in Tokyo, Japan just before the UNFCCC Transitional Committee (TC) meeting.  The TC is looking at the establishment of the Green Climate Fund under UNFCCC - to channel future climate financing post 2012.  During the workshop, the CFP made a presentation on experience and lessons learned from CSO engagement in GEF and promoted measures to promote CSO engagement in the new fund.  The presentation was well received and it is anticipated that CSO issues will be incorporated into the final mechanisms.  This is very strategic for the future of climate financing.  

  CSO's Input into implementation of CBD 

GEF NGO Network representative, Mr. Guenter Mitlacher, the head of the Network’s Technical sub-committee has been selected to sit in a CBD expert group to assess the financing needs for implementation of the CBD including resource needs for the GEF 6 period. On 25th July 2011, an initial meeting was organised by CBD to discuss the process for the work and the expert group will meet and brainstorm over a nine months period. This is a good opportunity for both Network members and also the International NGO networks to be engaged in the process of identifying financing requirements for the conventions. Click here to view the report from CBD.


 Update on Network Membership

The Network membership has been growing steadily since the handover from GEF in March 2010. As of today, there are 437 members. Click here for the membership breakdown according to regions and focal areas.

News from Network Regions


Southern Africa -

Minister spells out environmental ills

Environmental protection is still a challenge in the country due to unsustainable utilisation of natural resources, Zambian government said.

South Asia - New Regional Focal Point for South Asia Region

As there was no nomination received for the position of the Regional Focal Point (FRP) for South Asia in the recently concluded election, the GEF NGO Network's Coordination Committee decided to call for another election for this rewor'gion. The new election process which started on 1st July has recently concluded and the new elected RFP is Society for Conservation and Protection of the Environment (SCOPE) from Pakistan represented by Mr. Tanveer Arif.  SCOPE's tenure as the RFP will be for four (4) years from 15 Sept 2011 until 14 Sept 2015. Congratulations to SCOPE and we look forward to effective Network's implementation in South Asia region under it's leadership. 


Eastern Europe & Central Europe -

Kazakh Drylands get a Revival From the GEF

A 7-year Drylands Management Project was launched by the GEF on June 19th, 2003 to combat the problem of growing crops and grazing cattles in Kazakh drylands, The project which was completed in March 2010 aimed to test the viability on people, the economy and the environment of shifting from growing cereals to raising livestock. Read more >>


South East Asia  - Asia Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW)

The workshop which took place from 5 to 7 April 2011 in Da Lat, Vietnam was attended by 10 CSO representatives from 12 countries in the East and South Asia region. The meeting brought together GEF focal points, focal points from the main Conventions (Biodiversity, Desertification, Climate Change and POPs), representatives from civil society and representatives from GEF agencies and kept them abreast of GEF strategies, policies and procedures and to encourage coordination. It was an opportunity for the CSO to interact with staff from the GEF Secretariat and the GEF Agencies and to discuss priority issues and share lessons and experiences from the development and implementation of GEF projects and their integration within national policy frameworks. During the workshop, the CSOs presented a statement on the CSO engagement in the planning and implementation of GEF programmes. Click here for the CSO's statement.


West Africa - Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) in Monrovia, Liberia

This first ever such workshop to be held in the West African subregion took place in Monrovia, Liberia from the 19th to 21st July 2011. The workshop brought together, representatives from GEF Agencies and GEF Focal Points, Focal Points from the main Conventions (Biodiversity, Desertification, Climate Change and POPs) and civil society from the West African States of Benin, Cote d’lvoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Togo. Click here for the workshop report>>


News from Indigenious People  

GEF launches process to strengthen partnership with indigenous peoples

Aug. 9 - On the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, the GEF started the discussion of its future policy that will strengthen the partnership with the indigenous peoples to conserve the global environment and improve their livelihood. Read more >>

News on GEF  
Accreditation of GEF Project Agencies
In May 2011, under the provisions of paragraph 28 of the GEF Instrument, the GEF Council decided to broaden the partnership by approving the policies, procedures, and criteria for a pilot on accrediting new institutions to serve as GEF Partners for the implementation of GEF projects. The expansion of the GEF Partnership aims at enhancing country ownership within the GEF and to give recipient countries greater choice in terms of agencies with which they work. Accreditation of national agencies as GEF Project Agencies will also allow them to enhance their capacity in terms of project implementation.

The new agencies to be accredited under this reform will be referred to as GEF Project Agencies. Upon accreditation, GEF Project Agencies will be entitled to work directly with the GEF Secretariat and Trustee to assist recipient countries in the preparation and implementation of GEF-financed projects, which will enable them to access resources from GEF-managed trust funds directly.



GEF Small Grants Programme Launches its 5th Phase in Asia, 17-08-2011

The GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP), implemented by the UNDP held a 6 day regional workshop for National Coordinators of country programs to launch implementation of its Fifth Operational Phase in the Asian Region and provide training and guidance on the vision and strategy of the programme, results based management framework and GEF’s visibility policy for the next four years. The event was held at the Sheraton Great Wall 
Upcoming Highlights    

Upcoming GEF's Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW)
As part of the Country Support Programme (CSP), GEF Secretariat is organising ECWs that serves to keep the GEF National Focal Points, convention focal points and other key stakeholders, including civil socity, abreast of GEF strategies, policies and procedures and to encourage coordination. The following are the upcoming ECWs :

ECW Solomon Islands
Date : Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - Thursday, September 29, 2011
Eligible Countries : Cook Islands, Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Phiippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu

GEF ECW Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - Thursday, October 13, 2011 Venue: Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Eligible Countries: Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan + Armenia, Belarus, and Russian Federation

GEF ECW Nairobi, Kenya

Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - Thursday, October 27, 2011
Venue: Nairobi, Kenya
Eligible Countries: Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda
GEF ECW Southern Africa
Event Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - Thursday, November 3, 2011
Venue: Cape Town, South Africa
Eligible Countries: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

For further information and application click here.

GEF 41st Council Meeting
The GEF regularly convene GEF Council consultation with representatives of civil society oganizations under the GEF NGO Network prior to the GEF Council Meeting which is held twice a year. The next meeting will be held in Washington DC from November 7, 2011 to November 10, 2011. Invitations to civil society to express their interest to attend the meeting has been sent out by the GEF Secretariat. Registration for sponsored participation has been closed while for self-sponsored participants the closing date is on 23 Oct 2011. Registration can be made at the GEF website at http://www.thegef.org/gef/content/cso-registration-form-council-meeting-41.

Documents from the previous Meetings are available

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About the GEF NGO Network

The GEF NGO Network is an independent Network of civil society organizations (CSOs) established in 1995 to facilitate civil society inputs to GEF processes. The GEF-NGO Network comprises nearly 440 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 15 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) unties 182 member governments – in partnership with international institutions, non-governmental organizations and the private sector to address global environmental issues. An independently operating financial organisations, the GEF provides grants to developing countries and countries with economics in transition for project related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer and persistent organic pollutants. These projects benefit the global environment, linking local, national and global environmental challenges and promoting sustainable livelihoods.
Establish in 1991, the GEF is today the largest public funder of projects to improve the global environment. The GEF has allocated $9.2 billion, supplemented by more than $40 billion in cofinancing, for more than 2,7000 projects in more than 165 developing countries and countries with economics in transition. Through its Small grants Programme (SGP), the GEF has also made more than 12,000 small grants directly to nongovernmental and community Organisation, totaling $495 million. For more information, please visit www.thegef.org

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