Global Environment Facility Country Support Program

Dialogues held in 2007

Eight countries hosted GEF National Dialogues in 2007:  Honduras, Iran, Mozambique, Seychelles, Mauritius, Turkmenistan, Indonesia and India.  These Dialogues were organized by the GEF National Focal Points with support of the UNDP Country Offices, and the strategic guidance provided by the National Dialogue Initiative based on orientation from its Inter-Agency Steering Committee. 

While the National Dialogues were developed in line with global programme objectives
, each Dialogue was designed to respond to specific national objectives and priorities and was tailored to the country's needs. Countries have used recent GEF National Dialogues for the following purposes:

  • Informing national stakeholders about global environmental issues and GEF's strategic directions, policies, and procedures
  • Taking stock of GEF portfolios and activities in the country
  • Further developing national GEF strategies and defining priorities for funding
  • Strengthening inter-sectoral cooperation on environmental issues 
  • Enhancing inter-agency collaboration and partnerships
  • Strengthening national GEF coordination mechanisms and processes 
  • Promoting integration of GEF thmes in national environment and sustainable development plans and policies

    Further information on each of the 2007 Dialogues is provided below.

    Honduras GEF National Dialogue
    Tegucigalpa, 20-22 February 2007

    The Honduras Dialogue took place over a period of 3 days (including a field visit to a GEF project).  It convened 120 participants representing government, NGOs, CBOs, research and academic institutions, private sector, donors, GEFSec and GEF Agencies.

    The planning and organization of the Dialogue served to build capacity, facilitate information and knowledge exchange, and promote coordination around GEF-related matters, for the environment ministry and the GEF and convention focal points, other line ministries, as well as for the local GEF Agency offices and other donor agencies.

    The key outputs achieved by the Honduras Dialogues included the following:

  • It provided a first time convening of Convention Focal Points together with the GEF Focal Point to identify national priorities 
  • It provided a first time convening of development donors alongside GEF Agencies to discuss environment and development strategies
  • It led to the validation of proposed new priorities for GEF co-financing in biodiversity, climate change, and land degradation  
  • It resulted in a commitment to establish consultative coordination mechanisms to set priorities and discuss and incorporate lessons learned.

    View and download the
    Honduras Dialogue Report (in Spanish) and Agenda.
  • Iran GEF National Dialogue
    Tehran, 30 April - 1 May 2007

    Iran's Dialogue took place over 2 days and was attended by 133 participants including members of Parliament, government, NGOs, CBOs, research and academic institutions, private sector, donors, GEF Secretariat and GEF Agencies. The Dialogue was followed by a special one-day expert meeting designed to focus in-depth on GEF portfolio and pipeline issues and lessons.

    The dialogue had the following objectives:
  • To update knowledge about GEF strategic objectives, policies and procedures 
  • To share experiences generated and lessons learnt in the implementation of GEF projects and in response to global environmental conventions
  • To present and discuss Iran's priorities in GEF 4 with national stakeholders and strengthen linkages with national environment and development programmes
  • To strengthen national coordination and outreach of GEF activities 
    Iran's GEF Dialogue resulted in the following key outputs:
  • It facilitated stakeholder discussions on Iran's national priorities for GEF 4 and resulted in a decision to refine and refocus priorities through continued focal area consultations
  • Coordination mechanisms on key environmental themes in the country were reviewed, and challenges and suggested actions identified to strengthen coordination between relevant agencies
  • Lessons from project experiences were shared with follow-up actions identified to improve implementation efficiency of the portfolio and sharing of lessons and best practice among projects  
  • The role of local communities and NGOs in environmental management was recognized in the context of the SGP and a commitment made to upscale local results and strengthen the role of local communities and civil society in collaboration with government.

    View and download Iran's Dialogue Agenda and Summary report
  • Mozambique GEF National Dialogue
    Maputo, 9-11 May 2007

    This three day Dialogue involved 80 participants representing government, NGOs, CBOs, research and academic institutions, private sector, donors, GEF Secretariat, and GEF Agencies. The Dialogue commenced with a field visit to a GEF project and continued with 2 days of consultations.

    The Dialogue promoted a concern for participation of community and public participation. Participants, especially provincial government authorities and university, NGO, and private sector representatives, were interested in the connection between local and global benefits, and how engagement with the GEF could further environmental education, decentralized but coordinated decision-making, and sustainable development in the context of the One UN process.

    Mozambique's GEF Dialogue resulted in the following key outputs:
  • It resulted in the identification of new priority issues not previously identified within the biodiversity, climate change and international waters areas 
  • It produced a new commitment to create a committee to link GEF issues with the country's participation in the global environmental conventions, and to support the review, development and endorsement of GEF project ideas
  • A Dialogue Summary report and Action Plan was produced and approved by participants prior to the closure of the meeting, and participants expressed a desire to participate in specific follow-up actions.

    View and download Mozambique's Dialogue Report (in English or Portugese) and Agenda
  • Seychelles GEF National Dialogue
    Mahe, 21-22 June 2007

    The GEF National Dialogue in the Seychelles was a one and a half day event. It convened 41 participants, including high level participation by government ministers and members of the diplomatic corps, as well as environmental NGOs, private sector, media, and members of the Environmental Management Policy of Seychelles (EMPS).
    The main objectives of the dialogue were to :
  • Explain new policies and procedures under the GEF 
  • Discuss how GEF strategies will be coordinated in national implementation 
  • Identify the way forward with admission to the Small Grants Programme   
     The outputs of the dialogue were:
  • Discussion about GEF directions and policies and their relevance to Seychelles and its national environmental priorities  
  • Informing stakeholders about national GEF coordination activities and portfolio implementation measures taken in the country
  • Identification and further defining of national priorities for GEF 4 and key areas and modalities for action
  • Development of an initial strategy for the start up of the Small Grants Programme (SGP) in Seychelles.

    View and download the Seychelles Dialogue Report, Agenda and List of participants.
  • Mauritius GEF National Dialogue
    Port Louis, 25-26 June 2007

    The Dialogue in Mauritius took place over 2 days and involved 55 participants.  The participants included 47% public sector, 22% international agencies and donors, 11% NGOs, 7% academia, 7% parastatals, and 6% private sector. 

    The main objectives of the dialogue were to :
  • Promote in-depth understanding of the GEF's strategic directions, policies and procedures. 
  • Strengthen country coordination and ownership in GEF operations, and sharing lessons learned from project implementation 
  • Achieve greater mainstreaming of GEF activities into national planning frameworks and synergies among focal areas
  • Discuss pipeline projects and identify synergies and partnerships for their development 

    The major outputs of the dialogue were : 

  • Generating greater understanding about GEF's strategic directions and policies with respect to the national policy framework of Mauritius
  • Informing stakeholders about the coordination of GEF issues in Mauritius and possibilities for complementary assistance from national environmental funds
  • Discussion of the lessons and experience generated from Mauritius' GEF portfolio including the SGP, and consideration of ways to secure and sustain portfolio results
  • Brainstorming on ways to leverage financial resources from international and regional agencies and private sector in order to diversify sources of co-financing which are currently limited to government funding.

    View and download Mauritius Dialogue Report, and Agenda.
  • Turkmenistan GEF National Dialogue
    Ashgabad, 14-16 September 2007

    The GEF National Dialogue in Turkmenistan consisted of two days of national consultations and a project site visit. It convened approximately 45 participants, including representatives of sectoral agencies, convention focal points, GEF project teams, and representatives of multilateral and bilateral agencies active in Turkmenistan.  The Dialogue was organized by the Ministry of Nature Protection of Turkmenistan and chaired by the Minister. 

    The GEF National Dialogue of Turkmenistan was closely linked to and held back to back with two other important national events dealing with environment and sustainable development issues: the National Sustainable Development Strategy planning meeting (13 September 2007), and the Environment and Security Sub-regional workshop (17-18 September 2007).

    The main objectives of the Turkmenistan GEF Dialogue were to :
  • Integrate GEF themes and concerns within the overall National Sustainable Development planning process being initiated at the same time 
  • Raise awareness and knowledge of national stakeholders about the GEF, its areas of focus and revised policies and procedures
  • Share experiences generated in responding to global environmental conventions and lessons learnt in ongoing projects
  • Discuss national priorities in Biodiversity and Climate Change and identify pipeline ideas for development 
  • View and download the Agenda and Report of the Turkmenistan Dialogue.

    Indonesia GEF National Dialogue
    Jakarta, 17-18 September 2007

    The two-day Indonesia National Dialogue was convened by the Ministry of Environment and chaired by the current and previous GEF Operational Focal Points.  Representatives of the UNCBD, UNCCD, and UNFCCC Focal Points for Indonesia, central government sector ministries and agencies, local government authorities, non-governmental organizations, and GEF project managers participated in the Dialogue as did resource persons from the GEF Secretariat, NDI, and Agencies (ADB, UNDP, UNEP, UNIDO, World Bank).

    The main objectives of the Indonesia GEF Dialogue were to:
  • Brief and update participants on new developments and policies in GEF 4 
  • Gain greater understanding of GEF focal area strategies and criteria of the adaptation funds 
  • Refine national priorities related to GEF focal areas

    The main results of the Dialogue were that:
  • Participants learned about the GEF's new directions and policies and procedures in GEF 4, including focal area and cross-cutting strategies
  • Participants were informed about Indonesia's GEF coordination activities, portfolio results and future priorities
  • GEF Agencies shared lessons learned about planning, processing,and implementing GEF projects
  • Indonesia's priorities in the GEF focal areas were reviewed and refined, and sectoral linkages and synergies with national sustainable development plans and initiatives were strengthened 
  • Based on key findings and recommendations of the Dialogue, next steps were identified and agreed upon

    View and download the Indonesia National Dialogue agenda, list of participants, and summary report
  • India GEF National Dialogue
    Bhubaneshwar, 30 October to 1 November 2007

    The Dialogue in India took place over 3 days and involved 80 participants representing Central and State Government institutions, non-government organizations, research organizations, international agencies and donors, and SGP coordinators from other South Asian countries.


     The main objectives of the dialogue were to:

  • Familiarize participants with the revised GEF operational procedures and thematic priorities 
  • Share experiences in project design, implementation and impacts from GEF in India, including SGP Share experiences on GEF project implementation in India and devise an effective monitoring system
  • Introduce and refine India's GEF programmatic approach and priorities including a detailed discussion on the projects being developed by India in the period 2007-2010

    The outputs of the dialogue were:

  • Generating greater understanding about GEF's operational procedures and thematic priorities with respect to India's national policy framework
  • Discussion of the lessons and experience generated from India's GEF portfolio including the SGP, and consideration of ways to secure and sustain portfolio results
  • Refinement of and agreement on India's GEF programmatic approach in the context of national sustainable development plans and processes and agreement on concrete, next steps for developing and implementing projects in the climate change, biodiversity, land degradation and POPs focal areas
  • View and download India's Dialogue Agenda, List of Participants, and Report.  View outputs of working group sessions on India’s programmatic approach in biodiversity, climate change and persistent organic pollutants.
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    Civil society participants consult Honduras Ministry of Environment Director of Biodiversity

    Honduras Gulf of Fonseca Mangrove project site visit





    Partiipants at Iran's GEF National Dialogue
    Photos - T. Akbarlou, UNDP Iran

    Participants at Seychelles GEF National Dialogue
    Photos - GEF NDI

    Participants at Mauritius GEF National Dialogue
    Photos - GEF NDI

    Participants at Turkmenistan's GEF National Dialogue
    Photos - Ministry of Nature Protection of Turkmenistan



    Mr. Sudhir Mital, Joint Secretary and GEF OFP, launches India’s new GEF Brochure

    Ms. Maxine Olsen, UN Resident Coordinator, welcomes Dialogue participants

    Site visit to SGP protected areas project site in Orissa