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  ECW Bujumbura, Burundi, 8-10 Feb 2012

 (prepared by Samuel Dotse, GEF NGO Network RFP Western & Central Afirca)

The purpose of Civil Society Organizations attending the Expanded Constituency Workshop is to actively work in partnership with the National GEF and Convention Focal points to enhance the engagement of Civil Society into GEF programme design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation as well as further strengthen participants’ knowledge of GEF-5 strategies, programs, policies, and procedures.  The 3 day ECW was intensive and interactive and was enhanced by the diversity of perspectives brought by its participants. This workshop also provides opportunity to discuss priority issues and share lessons and experiences from the development and implementation of GEF projects and their integration within national policy frameworks. The CSO representatives that participated in this workshop are from Burundi, Cameroun, Central Africa Republic, Congo Republic, DRC, Equatorial Guines, Gabon, Sao Tome and Principe (see participant's list).

The agenda of the meeting summarized below has been very useful and relevant to the concerns and issues of the region.

The first presentation looks at how GEF resources can be assessed. The presentation highlights among others the following: 

  • The GEF Trust Fund
  • STAR-System for Transparent Allocatio of Resources (the preseation also mentioned that GEF manages 3 additional funds)
  • :eat Developed Countries Fund (LDCF)
  • Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF)
  • Nagoya Protocal Implementation Fund (NPIF)
  • And provides Secretariat services to the Adaptation Fund (AF)
The second presentation looks at how to implement the strategic plan for biodiversity and other Aichi-Nagoya outcomes

The third presentation talks about the GEF and UNFCCC Cooperation’s and highlights COP 17 actions as well as COP decisions that are relevant to GEF- the Long term corporative action, technology mechanism, the green climate fund, national communications and GEF report to the up -coming COP18 among others.

There was also a presentation on UNCCD COP10 Decisions on Collaboration with MOU signed during COP6 in Havana enabling GEF to become financing mechanism through the OP15 and how GEF is working with UNcCD on the TEN year strategy.

Other presentations also talks about COP updates on chemicals. There was a presentation on GEF Enabling Activities : History and current framewok, how to access GEF funding for Enabling Activities in GEF-5 and update on gEF-5 funding support for enabling activities.

Synergy among Rio Conventions: Case study on Streamlining Reporting was also discussed during one of the presentations. Here the Synergy between UNEP and GEF was emphased.

The Evaluation Office also made an interesting presentation highlighting among others results based mechanism, monitoring and evaluation policy, evaluation streams, knowledge sharing etc.

There was an interesting group exercise and field trip to one of the SGP grantee’s project site. The work that has been done by the project beneficiaries was amazing.
Civil Society organizations present at the meeting were more concern about the small grant program. This is because that is the only funding available to them at their country level. Other topics that were of interest to the CSO s were the presentations on Biodiversity, land degradation, SFM and the STAR.
Interventions made by CSOs and suggestions are summarized as;

For those who are not members of the network, they wanted to know the process of accreditation and other requirements. Key interventions includes, Level of CSO engagement with GEF Operational Focal Points and related Conventions Focal Points atthe coutnry level. Here, the Focal Poitns agree that they have to do more than what they are doing now.


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