Global Environment Facility Country Support Program

National Coordination

Countries employ a variety of mechanisms to pursue the coordination of GEF-related activities and projects at the national level. Coordination mechanisms range from formal national GEF committees to technical advisory support for GEF Focal Points to broad-based stakeholder consultation processes, among others. The form that GEF coordination takes depends on the particular political, institutional, economic, and cultural circumstances in each country. Coordination mechanisms can facilitate multi-stakeholder decision-making processes and cross-cutting institutional linkages related to the GEF, as well as overall environment and sustainable development planning and processes.

National Coordination Study
A recent study sponsored by the GEF National Dialogue Initiative, GEF National Coordination: Lessons Learned (Bolivia, China, Colombia, Poland, Uganda), analyzes and shares the experiences of national multi-stakeholder decision-making processes relevant to global environmental issues and the GEF. It is intended to benefit GEF Focal Points and other stakeholders in GEF recipient countries. The first version of this study is currently available in five languages - English, French, Spanish, Arabic, and Russian - and focuses on five countries: Bolivia, China, Colombia, Poland and Uganda.

The study identified a number of benefits or productive processes that accrue to national coordination, among which are:
  • Facilitating the endorsement of projects by Focal Points.
  • Increasing awareness of and appreciation for the GEF and its mandates and activities.
  • Improving the flow of information among stakeholders and the quality of the decisions made on global environmental matters.
  • Encouraging greater local, sectoral, and national involvement in GEF programs and projects.
  • Locating the national GEF portfolio in relation to related government and donor activities and projects, and seeking commonalities and synergies.
  • Promoting participation in the monitoring of GEF projects.
  • Encouraging and sustaining the involvement of nationals in the global dialogue on the environment.
  • Fostering a shared commitment to the goals of the GEF.

Country Experiences of GEF National Coordination
GEF Focal Points have expressed great interest in exploring the different ways that countries have attempted to coordinate GEF matters and activities. Several GEF Focal Points have provided case studies of their country GEF coordination experiences, among them Costa Rica, Cote d'Ivoire, Federated States of Micronesia, Mauritius, and Philippines. The GEF Country Support Programme has put together a presentation that synthesizes these and other experiences.

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