Global Environment Facility Country Support Program

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U Bein bridge near Mandalay, Myanmar
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About the CSP

The GEF Country Support Program (CSP) is a four-year program (2006-2009) approved by the GEF Council in November 2005. Its main objective is to strengthen the capacity of GEF Focal Points to carry out effectively their mandates for supporting global environmental programs in their countries and constituencies, including the improvement of overall national and constituency coordination of global environmental issues.

The CSP provides support to Focal Points through the following activities:
  • Direct Support to Focal Points
  • Sub-regional Workshops for GEF Focal Points to provide a forum for information and experience exchange
  • An online Knowledge Facility for GEF Focal Points
The program is jointly implemented by UNDP and UNEP under the strategic guidance of an inter-agency Steering Committee composed of the GEF Secretariat and the Implementing and Executing Agencies (IAs/EAs).

The CSP complements and closely coordinates its activities with the GEF National Dialogue Initiative which facilitates a series of country level dialogues with a range of national stakeholders on GEF related issues and themes.
The CSP in conjunction with the GEF Secretariat also supports GEF Familiarization Seminars 
for new Council Members and new Focal Points.
To view a summary of all sources of support available to Focal Points under the Country Support Programme, the National Dialogue Initiative, and other GEF Secretariat sources of support, click here.


Independent Evaluation of the CSP\
An Independent Evaluation of the CSP is underway as of June 2010, commissioned by the Programme's Inter-Agency Steering Committee. The evaluation will examine the performance and results of the programme during the period 2006-2010.