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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.




(July - Dec 2014) 


Greetings from GEF-CSO Network. As we enter a new year 2015, we present here the final issue of 2014 newsletter to keep you informed on the GEF-CSO Network activities, news from the Network regions and Indigenous Peoples Focal Points, news on GEF and SGP and upcoming events.

We would like to wish all our members a Happy New Year 2015 and may 2015 brings a better improvement to our environment and Mother Earth.


News from Central Focal Point    

GEF 47th Council Meeting

The 47th GEF Council Meeting was held in Washington DC from 28 - 30 October 2014. In terms of funding, the Council approved 17 projects for a total of US$178 million,$70 million to launch a new phase of the GEF Small Grants Programme and $31.8 million through the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) to fund six projects. Click here to read more about the outcome of the assembly.


GEF Council - CSO Consultation Workshop

The GEF Council consultation meeting with civil society organizations (CSOs) took place on 27 October 2014, prior to the 47th GEF Council meeting in Washington, DC, US. The event gathered approximately 150 participants to focus on three key issues: gender mainstreaming and public involvement in GEF projects; the work of the GEF-CSO Network; and CSO engagement in the GEF-6. Click here to read more.



New Regional Focal Point (RFP) for Mesoamerica and Caribbean region 

The Network welcomed two newly elected RFPs in the second quarter of 2014. The RFPs are Pronatura Sur A.C. of Mexico for the Mesoamerica region and Environment Tobago of Trinidad & Tobago for the Caribbean region. Click here for more details.

Update on Network Membership

The Network welcomed 6 new members to the Network in October 2014. Click here for the list of the new members. As of today, the Network consists of 457 members. 

 News from Network Regions  

 Africa  -

ITDP provides technical support for Kenya’s first bus rapid transit project

The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), with support from UN-Habitat and the GEF programme, has provided technical assistance to the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) in development of Kenya’s first ever Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project. Read more >>


African Lead Paint Elimination Project Launches 

Lead paint elimination will be launched in four African countries starting January 2015, thanks to a $1 million grant by Global Environment Facility (GEF), with the United Nations Environment Programme as the implementing agency. Read more >> 


North East Asia  -  Reducing POPs in Chao Lake Basin

Green Anhui, a China-based NGO embarks on a project to reduce POPs in Chao Lake Basin. The project aims to improve public awareness on POPs hazard effectively, promote POPs information opening, eliminate the use of 9 organo-chlorine pesticide and reduce the soil residues of POPs. Read more>>


South East Asia - Story of Social Entrepreneur  : A business with coconut oil

A community in Sabah, Malaysia maximizes the potential of natural resources provided in their backyard - coconut trees to produce virgin coconut oil (VCO), thanks to GEF-SGP fund. Read more>>

News from Indigenous Peoples
Partnering with IPs to conserve Global Envinronment

The theme of this year’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, Implementing the rights of Indigenous Peoples, is particularly timely. In 2014, the GEF approved a project to strengthen governance and management of indigenous peoples and local communities conserved areas and territories in the Philippines.  Click here for more information


In November 2014, the Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (SPFII) published a publication titled "Partnering with IPs to conserve Global Environment". The publication aims to promote the application of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Click here to read more. To download the publication, click here

News on GEF 

Cities for the future: Innovation and Sustainability

Cities have the opportunity to rethink urban design fundamentally, enhance resilience and build in sustainability considerations. Revamped action at the local level during this pivotal moment can have a significant impact at the global scale. Read More>>


A chance to reverse the trend on climate change

Two months after the UN Climate Summit, where the GEF provided strong support for global action on forests, the New York Declaration on Forests catalyzed a call to action from public and private sectors as well as CSO’s to combat deforestation and ensure new forests are planted. Read More>>

News from SGP 

GEF, UNDP and German Government Create New Global Support Initiative for ICCAs

This newly bonded partnership is to create a new global support initiative for terrorists and areas conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities (ICCAs) at the High Level Segment (HLS) of the CBD COP12. Read More>>




Equator Prize 2014 Honors IPs Efforts in SD

New York, September 2014 - The Equator Prize 2014 recognized 27 outstanding local and indigenous community initiatives, including 11 GEF Small Grants Programme partners at an award ceremony at the Lincoln Center. The winners, who were selected from 1234 nominations in 121 countries, represent exceptional local achievement in advancing sustainable development solutions for nature and resilient communities. Read more >>

Upcoming Highlights    

GEF's Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW)

The upcoming ECWs in the first quarter of 2015 are as follows :

ECW Namibia
Date : Tuesday, Feb 17, 2015 - Thursday, Feb 19, 2015
Venue: Windhoek, Namibia 
Eligible Countries : Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe

For further information and application click here.

ECW Nicaragua
Date : Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - Thursday, March 5, 2015
Venue: Nicaragua 
Eligible Countries : Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Venezuela

For further information and application click here.


Election for Network Regional Focal Points

There will be an election for the GEF-CSO Network RFPs for 5 regions as the term of the current RFPs will be completed soon. The 5 regions are Europe, South East Asia, Southern Africa, Western Africa and North East Asia. The election will take place from Jan 15 till April 2015. So Network members of the regions, do look out for the notifications and particiapte in the election.

Details will be available via emails and at the Nework website, www.gefcso.org.



Support the Network!  

Be a Member
If you are an NGO which has working experience in GEF focal areas, we encourage you to apply to be a member of the GCN. Being a member will help your organisation be involved in GEF policy  decisions and provide you with a network of other NGOs to work with. Click here to apply.
Help the GEF CSO Network build a rich network of people, organisations, information and knowledge to share with other NGOs. Contribute articles and publications and be an active member of the Network.
If you have any feedback or comments about the GCN or GEF website or anything related to the GCN, we would love to hear from you! The network relies on active participation from its members and your feedback is important for us to improve.

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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