Global Environment Facility Country Support Program



Dialogues held in 2008

Several countries hosted GEF National Dialogues in 2008, including:  Burkina Faso, Saint Lucia, Cambodia, Cameroon, Colombia, Ecuador, Liberia, and Egypt.  These Dialogues were organized and conducted in consultation with the relevant GEF National Focal Points, supported by UNDP Country Offices, and based on the strategic guidance provided by the Inter-Agency Steering Committee of the GEF National Dialogue Initiative. 

While the National Dialogues are developed in line with global programme objectives
, each Dialogue is designed to respond to specific national objectives and priorities and is tailored to the country's needs.  Further information on the Dialogues held in 2008 is provided below. 

 

Egypt GEF National Dialogue
Cairo, 14-15 December 2008
 

The Egypt National Dialogue brought together over one hundred and fifty national GEF stakeholders for two days of intensive consultations and discussions about the country's GEF priorities and portfolio.  Participants represented the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, various universities and research institutes, NGOs, the private sector, donors, as well as resource persons from the GEF Secretariat and Agencies.

 The Dialogue Agenda was designed to meet the following objectives:

  • Share lessons learned from Egypt's GEF portfolio.
  • Promote synergies and develop project ideas based on Egypt's GEF priorities.
  • Support the development of a coordinated framework for energy efficiency.
  • Develop partnerships to better manage GEF project cofinancing.
Please see the Dialogue report for a summary of major themes discussed and concerns raised.  A list of participants is also available.
 

 

Liberia GEF National Dialogue
Monrovia, 20-21 November 2008
 

Liberia's GEF National Dialogue was held in Monrovia on 20-21 November and followed by the country's first National Environment Forum on 22 November, 2008.  The Dialogue, was opened by H. E. Mr. Joseph N. Boakai, the Vice President of the Republic of Liberia, who delivered a Keynote Statement from H.E. President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.  The Dialogue was attended by more than 100 participants, including representatives from 14 counties of Liberia as well as from the Environmental Protection Agency, Forestry Development Authority, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Land Mines and Energy, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Planning, Ministry of Information, and Ministry of Internal Affairs along with Liberian and International NGOs, private sector firms, media and donor agencies.

The Dialogue Agenda was designed to meet the following objectives:

  • Mainstreaming GEF activities into national plans and programmes and fostering synergies among the three Rio Conventions.
  • Enhancing public education and awareness about the GEF and its focal areas and polices.
  • Taking stock of experiences and lessons from GEF funded projects in Liberia.
  • Promoting partnership with private sector, civil society, and donors in environmental management. 

Liberia's GEF National Dialogue was followed by the National Environment Forum on 22nd November 2009 which was designed to promote public participation in environmental management, and to enlist support of decision makers towards addressing major environmental concerns.  The Forum concluded with the issuance of the Forum Resolution by participants, as a set of recommendations for national authorities to consider in strengthening environmental management efforts in Liberia.

The list of participants of the Dialogue and Forum is available while the report is expected to be posted soon.

 

Ecuador GEF National Dialogue
Quito, 10-12 September 2008
 

The Ecuador National Dialogue involved two days of consultations in Quito followed by a project site visit on the third day to an integrated biodiversity conservation and ecotourism GEF Small Grants Programme project in the community of Yunguilla.  The Dialogue convened approximately one hundred and twenty national stakeholders from the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Foreign Relations, the National Secretariat for Development and Planning, local and provincial government, NGOs, universities, private sector, donors, and resource persons from the GEF Secretariat and Agencies.

The Dialogue Agenda was designed to meet the following objectives:

  • Promote deep understanding of GEF policies, procedures, and strategies.
  • Strengthen national coordination and ownership of GEF operations.
  • Share lessons learned from implementation of GEF projects.
  • Contribute to refining the National GEF Strategy.

A detailed Dialogue report provides information on the presentations, discussions, recommendations, and next steps, as well as the list of participants
 

Colombia GEF National Dialogue
Anapoima, 16 - 18 July 2008
 

The Colombia GEF Dialogue was held in Anapoima over the course of three days, bringing together a diverse group of GEF stakeholders from the Ministry of Environment, Housing, and Territorial Development, the Ministry of Foreign Relations, other sector ministries, local and regional government, NGOs, academic and research institutions, private sector, donor agencies, GEF project representatives, and the GEF Secretariat and Agencies. For more information please see the Draft List of Participants.

Dialogue objectives included:

  • Enhance knowledge of GEF policies, procedures, and strategic priorities, facilitating their link with national environmental and sustainable development plans and priorities related to the international environmental conventions.
  • Strengthen national coordination and share lessons learned about the development and implementation of GEF projects in Colombia.
  • Foster opportunities for GEF support taking into account national priorities and the GEF focal areas.

For more information, please see the Agenda.

The planning and organization of the Dialogue served to further consolidate the coordination of GEF actitivities in Colombia.  During the Dialogue, participants discussed national priorities related to convention commitments, case studies and lessons learned from Colombia's GEF project portfolio, and current and future opportunities in the GEF focal areas.  For a fuller discussion, please see the report of the Colombia GEF National Dialogue.
 

Cameroon GEF National Dialogue
Yaounde, 16 - 17 June 2008
 

The Cameroon GEF Dialogue took place over a period of 2 days at the Mvog-Betsi Botanical Garden in Yaounde. It brought together 117 participants representing the Ministry of Environment and Nature Protection, a number of sector ministries, regional representatives, NGOs, academic and research institutions, private sector, donor agencies, GEF project representatives, GEF Secretariat and Agencies. For more information please see the Draft List of Participants.

The planning and organization of the Dialogue served to highlight the integration and impact of GEF Activities within national sustainable development and poverty reduction policies.

Dialogue objectives included:

  • Assess the lessons learnt and outcomes and impact of GEF activities with national stakeholders and drawing upon the ongoing GEF Country Portfolio Evaluation
  • Agree upon the framework and priorities for future GEF support, based upon lessons learnt and sustainable development priorities
  • Improve communications and coordination among national stakeholders on GEF related issues

For more information, please see the Agenda.

National stakeholders discussed Cameroon's GEF project experiences and lessons learned and participated actively in working groups to identify and prioritize ideas for future GEF projects in Cameroon in the areas of Biodiversity, Desertification, POPs, and Climate Change. Participants also provided their views and suggestions on how to strengthen GEF national coordination. Please see the Cameroon GEF National Dialogue Report for more information.
 

 

  

Cambodia GEF National Dialogue
Phnom Penh, 25 - 26 March 2008
 

Over one hundred representatives from national, regional, and local government and civil society organizations participated in the Cambodia GEF National Dialogue which took place over two days.  The GEF Secretariat and Agencies, GEF projects, partner agencies and donors also participated in the Dialogue.  For more information, please see the List of Participants.

Dialogue objectives included:

  • Raising awareness among national stakeholders about new GEF policies and procedures
  • Assessing lessons learned from GEF project implementation in Cambodia for consideration in draft GEF national strategy
  • Reviewing and commenting on draft GEF national strategy

For more information, please see the Agenda.

National stakeholders discussed Cambodia's GEF project experiences and lessons learned and conducted an in-depth examination of the draft GEF national strategy, offering many suggestions for modifications and the way forward.  Please see the Cambodia GEF National Dialogue Report.
 

Burkina Faso GEF National Dialogue
Bobo-Dioulasso, 15 -17 January 2008
 


The Burkina Faso GEF Dialogue took place over a period of 3 days (including 2 days of national consultations and a field visit to a GEF/World Bank project site).  It convened approximately 90 participants representing central government, regional administrations, local collectivities, NGOs, CBOs, research and academic institutions, partner agencies and donors, GEF projects, 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 Ministry of Environment and Quality of Life, the Permanent Secretariat of the National Council on Environment and Sustainable Development, other line ministries, regional and local administrations, as well as for the local GEF Agency offices and other donor agencies.

The key outputs achieved by the Burkina Faso GEF Dialogue included the following:

  • It facilitated a dialogue with recently empowered regional administrations and local collectivities on global environment issues and their integration into planning and management at the local level in view of the recent law on devolution of environmental governance to the local level. 
  • It raised awareness about the GEF and its focal areas among a broad array of national stakeholders - including regional and local government bodies - and facilitated a discussion on synergies and linkages among GEF focal areas of biodiversity, land degradation, international waters, climate change and POPS. 
  • It led to the discussion and refinement of local and regional environmental concerns and priorities within the context of existing programmes such as the Country Pilot Partnership (CPP) on Land Degradation, as well as identification of capacity gaps and opportunities for future partnerships. 
  • It resulted in a commitment to establish a follow up mechanism to coordinate among key actors at the regional and central level and implement actions to strengthen oversight and review of the GEF portfolio and pipeline as well as steps to strengthen capacity of regional and local administrations for environmental governance.

View and download Burkina Faso's GEF Dialogue Agenda, List of Participants, Summary Report, and Plan of Action for follow-up to the Dialogue.
 

 


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Dialogue opening by the Vice President of the Republic of Liberia  

Presentations by EPA at the Liberia GEF Dialogue

Liberia's GEF Dialogue was attended by over 100 particpants 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Cameroon's GEF Dialogue was attended by 117 participants 

  Stakeholders discuss climate change priorities

  Chair and rapporteur of Biodiversity working group finalize group report

 

 

 

 



Opening Remarks at Cambodia National Dialogue  2008
 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Participants of Burkina Faso GEF Dialogue

Community consultation  with regional representatives at 
Burkina Faso GEF Dialogue

GEF Project site visit for participants of Burkina Faso GEF Dialogue

 

 












































































 

 

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