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1st Quarter 2013
(Jan - March 2013) 

 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     


First Meeting of GEF 6 Replenishment, 3-4 March 2013, Paris, France

The First Meeting of the GEF 6 Replenishment was held in Paris, France from the 3-4 March 2013. The GEF-NGO Network was represented by Faizal Parish, the Central Focal Point and Guenter Mitlacher, the RFP for Europe region. The meeting was interactive and reviewed the future long-term strategy for GEF and the programme directions as well as agreed on the replenishment process over the nexxt 12 months. The Network presented 4 statements to the meeting. Click here to view the key GEF documents and the Network Statements.


Global Environment Centre re-elected as the Central Focal Point

We are pleased to announce that Global Environment Centre based in Malaysia whose first term as the Central Focal Point expires on 18 May 2013 was re-elected for the post for another 4-year term till May 2017. You can view information on GEC and its proposal for CFP work for the next four year here.


Meeting of the Friends of CBD, 11-12 February 2013

This was a first informal meeting of CBD experts convened by the CBD Secretariat to advance CBD Strategic Plan implementation. The meeting took place in Bossey, Switzerland (11-12 February 2013) and gathered nearly fifty government officials, stakeholders and representatives of international organizations including the GEF NGO Network expert of the GEF-6 Needs Assessment Group. Read more >> 

Update on Network Membership

The Network welcomed 11 new members to the Network in February 2013. Click here for the list of the new members. As of today, the Network consists of 509 members. The Network is currently undertaking membership renewal for members who are more than 3 years old. This is to facilitate updating of members status and database.

News from Network Regions

South East Asia  - Weathering the Weather in Cambodia

Save the Earth, a network NGO in Cambodia helped a vulnerable community to reduce disaster risks by implementing a micro-insurance loan programme. The programme is designed to reduce the disaster risks by supporting the community's livelihoods. Read more >>



Asia  - Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) and CSO meeting in Siem Reap, Cambodia

The ECW for the South Asia, North East Asia and South East Asia took place in Siem Reap, Cambodia from 19-21 March 2013. The participants were from 13 countries, i.e. Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Lao, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. A 1-day CSO meeting was organised on the third day.  Read more>>

Caribbean - Community Engagement Open Day

The Caribbean Forest Conservation Association (CFCA)/GEF NGO Network Regional Focal Point for the Caribbean took part in the University of the West Indies (UWI) Community Engagement Open Day on February 22nd, 2013. The event had sought to promote greater awareness and engagement with the Civil Society NGO community and the University. Hundreds of students, staff and guest of the University visited the GEF booth display and were educated and made more aware of the work of the GEF Network.




West Africa - Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) in Dakar, Senegal

The Expanded Constituency Workshop for West Africa took place in Dakar, Senegal from 12-14 March 2013. Some one hundred plus delegates representing 10 countries in the Sahel region, including GEF agencies and CSO groups attended the workshop. Click here for the report.



Eastern Europe & Central Asia  - 

Risk Assessment and Mapping to Climate Change

CENN Caucasus, in cooperation with Mercy Corps, has conducted the mapping and assessment of human and ecosystem climate change vulnerabilities and risks in the target Kura trans-boundary areas and communities. Click here to read more

Georgia's National Action Programme to Combat Desertification

A project on alignment of national action programme with 10-year strategy to combat desertification is being implemented by REC Caucasus in Georgia. The project is initiated by the Ministry of Environment of Georgia and supported by GEF. Click here to read more.





News from Indigenous Peoples  

 African Development Bank set to introduce Indigenous Peoples standards for the first time

29 April, 2013 - The African Development Bank (AfDB) is nearing completion of its new set of environmental and social safeguard policies. The AfDB is currently the only multilateral development bank without a standalone safeguard policy on indigenous peoples, and the new environmental and social safeguards are not expected to change this. This is despite strong advocacy from indigenous peoples’ organisations in Africa, and despite the existing jurisprudence and standards on indigenous rights in the African human rights system. Read more >>

News on GEF  

GEF Given Funding Role in New Mercury Convention


GENEVA, Switzerland, January 19, 2013 – International negotiators have selected the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to fund implementation of a new international treaty to reduce deadly mercury pollution. Read more >>


GEF Reaches Half a Billion US Dollar Milestone Supporting Sustainable Forest Management Programs   


ISTANBUL, Turkey, April 9, 2013 - In the 10th session of the United Nations Forum on Forests, Global Environment Facility (GEF) CEO and Chairperson Naoko Ishii announced that financial support from the GEF for forest management programs has reached the half a billion US Dollar mark in the GEF-5 cycle. Read more >>

News from SGP 

SGP is implementing a portfolio of over US$16 million in Community Based Adaptation

06 March 2013- The GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) announced today that it is implementing a portfolio of Community-Based Adaptation projects with over US$16 million of funding leveraged from different partners and donors. Read more>> 



The GEF SGP is launched in Saint Lucia

On February 14, 2013, the Global Environment Facility’s Small Grants Country Programme was formally launched in Saint Lucia.  Read more.



Upcoming Highlights    

Upcoming GEF's Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW)

The upcoming ECWs are as follows :

ECW Congo, Brazzaville

Date : Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - Thursday, June 13, 2013
Venue: Brazzaville, Congo 
Eligible Countries
Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo DR, Congo Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Sao Tome & Principe

ECW Dominican Republic

Date : Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - Wednesday, July 3, 2013 
Venue: Santo Domingo 
Eligible Countries
Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobag

For further information and application click here. 


Upcoming GEF Council-CSO Consultation Meeting during 44th GEF Council Meeting, Washington DC, 17 June 2013 

The next meeting of the GEF Council consultation with representatives of civil society organizations will be held in Washington D.C., on Monday, June 17, 2013. The meeting will be followed by the 44th Council meeting from June 18 to 20, 2013. The application of CSO representatives seeking financial assistance to attend consultations has been closed. However, registration of self sponsored participants will be open until June 7, 2013. All interested CSOs must apply on line at :



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About the GEF NGO Network

The GEF-NGO Network comprises nearly 500 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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