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Apparently the NGOs" call for support for the implementation of the NGO Action Plan on Desertification has not fallen on deaf ears. Over 50 delegates attended the NGO briefing on Wednesday. Since then, the NGOs have been meeting daily with representatives from donor governments and UN agencies to discuss the mechanisms for getting funding for implementation of the NGO action programme, specifically for public awareness activities and the involvement of NGOs and community-based organizations in the implementation of the Convention. The establishment of this NGO network, and the interest of donors in supporting its work, is an indication of the effectiveness of the bottom-up approach.