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  1st Quarter 2015 Newsletter


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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.




(January - March 2015) 


As we are getting into the swing of things at the Secretariat, we would like to share with you the GEF-CSO Network activities, news from the Network regions and Indigenous Peoples Focal Points, news on GEF and SGP and upcoming events.

News from Central Focal Point    

GEF Expanded Constituency Workshops (ECWs)

Global Environment Facility (GEF) is organizing Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) in different regions this year. The ECW aims at strengthening participants' knowledge of GEF-6 strategies, programs, policies, and procedures. The GEF-CSO Network helps to organise and facilitate a 1-day regional CSO meeting prior to the ECW. The meeting allows the CSOs in the region to review experiences and lessons learned from CSO engagement in GEF projects as well as identify options to enhance engagement in GEF programs in the future. In the first quarter of 2015, four regional CSO meetings have taken place; namely at Namibia, Nicaragua, Sri Lanka and Paraguay. Click here for more details.


New Regional Focal Point (RFP) for 5 regions 

The Network initiated election for Regional Focal Point (RFP) for 5 regions; namely Europe, Southern Africa, Eastern Europe & Central Europe, West Africa and Northeast Asia) from 15 Jan – 5 Apr 2015 as the terms of the current RFPs for these regions are ending soon. The elections were carried out smoothly. The Network welcomes the newly elected RFPs as follows :

  • Transparency International (TI) of Germany elected for the Europe region
  • Human Settlements of Zambia (HUZA) of Zambia re-elected for the Southern Africa region
  • Women Environmental Programme (WEP) of Nigeria elected for the West Africa region
  • Green Camel Bell of China re-elected for the North East Asia region
  • Caucasus Environmental NGO Network (CENN) of Georgia re-elected for the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region

 Click here for more details.

Update on Network Membership

The Network welcomed 9 new member organisations to the Network in March 2015. Click here for the list of the new members. As of today, the Network consists of 462 members. 

 News from Network Regions  

Southern Africa  - Regional CSO Meeting in Windhoek, Namibia, 16 Feb 2015

A Regional civil society organization (CSO) meeting was held at the time of the GEF ECW in Namibia. The meeting was organised by the Regional Focal Point for Southern Africa and attended by CSO representatives from the Southern Africa region.  To view the CSO report on the meeting, click here.

Misuku Hills Biodiversity Conservation Project in Malawi


This CEPF-funded project implemented by Action for Environmental Sustainability (AFES) aims to raise awareness of the need for conservation among community members in and around the Wlindi-Matip and Mughese forest reserves in Malawi.

Read more >> 


West Africa  -  Watershed Management Project Through Social Mobilization And Accountability

Initiative for Food, Environment and Health Society (IFEHS) of Nigeria works on a project called NEWMAP (Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project). The Project which is supported by GEF Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) is to manage the erosion and watershed challenges in Nigeria especially within the South-East and South-South of the country. Read more>>


Asia - Regional CSO meeting, Colombo, Sri Lanka

A regional CSO meeting was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 16 March 2015 prior to the GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop for Asia region which took place from 17 – 19 March 2015. The meeting was attended by eighteen (18) CSO representatives from eleven countries in the Asia region.

Click here to view the summary report.
News from Indigenous Peoples
Concerns on World Bank's Environmental and Social Safeguard for Indigenous Peoples

The World Bank recently proposed a revision to its Environmental and Social safeguard system. The Environmental and Social Policy and associate Environmental and Social Standards contains provision for indigenous peoples (ESS7). There are serious concerns raised by the IPs that the ESSs apply only to one of the Bank’s three loan instruments, i.e. the investment loans. The Asian Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and Forest Peoples Programme have jointly submitted their comment to World Bank.

Click here to view their comment.

News on GEF 

Wetlands : Moving Precious Ecoystems Up on the Global Agenda

At the seventh World Water Forum in Daegu, Korea on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, GEF CEO Naoko Ishii reconfirmed that wetlands will continue to play an important role in the water programs financed during the GEF's sixth replenishment cycle. Read More>>


Every Little Grant's Big Impact on the Environment

The GEF continues to provide  Small Grants Programme to empower community groups to take practical steps to protect and repair the unique ecosystems which have traditionally supported them. Tens of thousands of community groups across the world are enriching and empowering their communities as they work to protect the planet.. Read More>>

News from SGP 

Conserving Timor Leste's Rich Forest Cover 

Timor Leste's lush rain forests and hardwoods have long been a major resource for its communities. Mirroring similar trends across the world, however, the island's forest cover has decreased by an estimated 50-70%, - or by almost 30 percent between 1972 and 1999 alone. This leaves around 41 percent of Timor-Leste's land forested, with the occasional small pocket of primary forest still ...read more



Women Salt Producers Advance Solar Technique

Every year during the dry season from December to April, the women in South Benin's Ouidah region scrape the salty marshland to create highly concentrated salt brines, which they rinse with seawater before boiling them for several hours on their stoves to produce sea salt. Salt production, which is a traditional activity for women and youth there during this time of the year, consumes around ...read more


Call for Nominations for Equator Prize 2015

The Equator Initiative partnership is calling for nominations for Equator Prize 2015. This year, as a special contribution to United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP21), the Equator Prize 2015 will honor 20 outstanding local and indigenous community initiatives that are reducing poverty, protecting nature and strengthening resilience in the face of climate change.  The nomination deadline is May 27, 2015. For more details, click here.

Upcoming Highlights   

GEF's Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW)

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

ECW Caribbean
Date : Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - Thursday, May 7, 2015
Venue: Bahamas 
Eligible Countries : Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Gernada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad & Tobago.

For further information, click here.



ECW Gabon
Date : Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - Thursday, May 21, 2015
Venue:   Gabon
Eligible Countries : Central Africa, Burundi, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Congo Republic, Dongo DR, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon  and Sao Tome and Principe 

Interested CSOs can register here. Registration closes on April 30, 2015.

ECW Georgia

Date : Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - Thursday, June 25, 2015
Venue:   Tbilisi, Georgia
Eligible Countries : Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Ukriane 

Interested CSOs can register here. Registration closes on May 24, 2015.

GEF 48th Council Meeting

The GEF 48th Council Meeting will be held in Washington DC, USA from June 1-4, 2015. A CSO-Council consultation meeting will be held on June 1. Registration for self-funded CSO to attend the meeting is still open until May 15. Click here to register.


Fourteenth Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples Issues

The Permanent Forum will hold its 14th session from 20 April to 1 May 2015 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. For more details, please visit the website.

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If you are a CSO 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 CSOs 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 CSOs. 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 500 member organisations with experience and expertise in GEF's 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 (RFP) organisations from 16 geographic regions and three Indigenous Peoples Focal Points (IPFP) from Asia, Africa and Latin America. The day-to-day work of the Network at global level is coordinated by a Central Focal Point (CFP) elected from among the Coordination Committee members while work at regional level is facilitated by RFPs and IPFPs. 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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