GOs have long projected themselves as the 'Keepers of the Earth.' They have been most effective as intermediaries, in bringing resource together, in educating and disseminating information, and in implementing grassroots activities.
Environmental action on the part of the NGOs have ranged from the provision/supply of resources, control of negative effects, education and information campaigns, action, pressure and advocacy, financing etc.
The three Conventions on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Desertification are a direct output on the provisions made at the Rio Summit. The Conventions have presented a triple challenge to NGOs and Governments alike to work through various channels and mechanisms for developing and implementing national and regional policies. They are intrinsically linked, each affecting and being affected by the other two.
With the objective of adapting a holistic view by integrating the three issues together, The Trialogue is presented as a means of comparing, coordinating and consolidating activities and information related to the three conventions. Focus is placed on providing information on the conventions, and specifically highlighting the activities and actions of NGOs.