We hope this email finds you all well. Below is an updated logistics summary for our upcoming 4th GCF Task Force plenary meeting, and an update on the stakeholder involvement process that the GCF has been working on. As always, we appreciate your valuable support, and encourage your participation and input in our meetings.
I. Santarém Meeting
The 4th GCF Meeting will be held from September 14-16, 2010 in the Barrudada Tropical Hotel, Santarém, Pará. The plenary body of the GCF will be meeting on the 14 and 15 of September; and a joint GCF-Stakeholder meeting is scheduled for the 16th of September. The agenda of the meeting(s) will be provided within the next couple of weeks.
The GCF Task Force has implemented a new on-line registration system. In general, stakeholders planning to attend the Santarém meeting must register online. To register, please access the GCF Santarém 2010 registration system at http://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?eventid=879485
The Barrudada Hotel (www.barrudadatropicalhotel.com) is expected to be completely booked for the meeting. If no rooms are available at the Barrudada Hotel by the time you are making your reservation, you may also consider the following hotels that are located in the vicinity of the venue: the Bãrao Center Hotel (www.baraocenterhotel.com), and the Hotel Sandis (www.hotelsandis.com.br).
Another option is to contact a tour operator in Santarém to help arrange your accommodations, air tickets, and tour packages (our Brazilian partners believe that it is worth staying a couple of extra days in the area after the meeting). The Barrudada Tropical Hotel recommends Green Tur (http://www.greentur-viagens.com.br/) as the best operator in Santarém.
For international travelers, please note that a visa is required for entry into Brazil. It is critical that you check with your local consular office to determine your exact visa application requirements. In 2009, a few U.S. members of the GCF used the International Passport Visa service (http://internationalpassportvisa.com/) to secure their visas. This is also an option if you are having difficulty with the normal in-person and mail-in approaches.
Before visiting Brazil, you may need to get vaccinations and medications for vaccine-preventable diseases and other diseases. This information may be available on the consular websites where you find your visa information. In addition, your doctor or health-care provider would be your ideal guide in determining what you will need (depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities).
II. Update: Stakeholder Involvement Process
The GCF created a GCF-Stakeholder Involvement ad-hoc group made up GCF consultants and stakeholders that have come forward to offer the GCF help in enhancing the stakeholder involvement process in GCF activities. The main goal of this ad-hoc group is to provide a general yet formalized stakeholder involvement process for GCF activities. We will be sending our stakeholder community a report on this initiative before the Santarém meeting. This report will also be presented to the plenary body of the GCF at Santarém.
Please contact the GCF secretariat (at firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions pertaining to the matters discussed above. We are looking forward to your valuable participation in the 4th plenary meeting of the GCF.