On February 2009, the GEF NGO Network has elected the Global Environment Centre NGO as Interim Central Focal Point to coordinate Network activities before the new statute will be adopted.
The outgoing Central Focal Point is ZERO Regional a NGO from Zimbabwe (that is also the Southern Africa Regional Focal Point) and is chaired by Ms.Dorothy C.Manuel. Zero Regional has served as CFP for over four years and has significantly contributed to the progress of Network.
The new CFP is the Global Environment Centre (GEC), a Malaysian NGO that has also been the RFP for South East Asia for the last two years as well as the chair of the network Sub-committee for outreach and communications since 2008.
GEC has been working on global environment issues for more than 10 years, working in 12 countries in the Asia Pacific region and being active in information exchange and policy development at a global level.
Its main focal areas are biodiversity, climate change and water resources and it has been involved in the development or implementation of ten different GEF projects in six countries, working with four GEF Agencies (IFAD, UNDP UNEP, and World Bank).
GEC is represented as Interim CFP by Mr.Faizal Parish, its Director, who has more than 25 years of experience in management of environmental NGOs having founded Wetlands International-Asia Pacific in 1983, before helping to establish GEC in 1998.
He has developed or overseen environmental projects in 15 countries, mainly in Asia and Africa. He is an ecologist by training, specialized in wetlands, water resources, climate change and biodiversity. Being interim CFP has identified the following priorities to strengthen the Network and support the further empowerment of civil society in relation to GEF:
• Implementing the Network’s Strategic and Operational Plan adopted in late 2008;
• Developing and adopting new statute where membership and governance rules will be strengthened for efficiency of the network;
• Promoting support for a large fifth replenishment of the GEF Trust Fund
• Lobbying for enhanced roles for Civil Society in the development and implementation of GEF programmes.
• Encouraging contributions to the GEF NGO Voluntary Fund established by the Council in November 2008 to support the work of the network and civil society.
Contact details: Faizal Parish, Director Global Environment Centre (Interim CFP GEF NGO Network), 2nd floor Wisma Hing, &8 Jalan SS2/72, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, MALAYSIA www.gecnet.info Email firstname.lastname@example.org
About the GEF NGO Network
The GEF-NGO Network was established in May 1995 following the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council’s decision to enhance relationships between the GEF and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). The Network is made up of GEF-accredited organizations whose work in environment and sustainable development is aligned with the GEF mandate. It has a global organizational structure with Regional Focal Points based in 15 different regions overseen by a Central Focal Point and a global Coordination Committee including representatives of indigenous people. The network currently links over 600 member organizations in all regions of the world. Its role is expanding from focusing mainly on input to GEF planning and policy-making to one of empowering the engagement of civil society in the implementation of GEF programs. More information can be found at www.gefngo.org.