Land Degradation
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SGP highlights the actions of Local Communities at the UNCCD COP12 in Ankara, Turkey
On October 12th, the GEF Small Grants Programme organized a side event at the twelfth global conference of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 12) in Ankara Turkey. The event was chaired by Adriana Dinu, Executive Coordinator of the UNDP GEF, who opened the session, ...read more
 
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Conserving Timor Leste's Rich Forest Cover
Timor Leste's lush rain forests and hardwoods have long been a major resource for its communities. Mirroring similar trends across the world, however, the island's forest cover has decreased by an estimated 50-70%, - or by almost 30 percent between 1972 and 1999 alone. This leaves around 41 percent ...read more
 
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GEF SGP Projects receive Awards and Recognition
During 2013, SGP grantees received more than 50 awards, prizes or other forms of recognition for their outstanding efforts in conserving and rehabilitating the environment while improving the well-being of their communities. Below are a select number of award-winning projects – which have not yet ...read more
 
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Moroccan NGO High Atlas Foundation awarded 2013 SEED Prize
The High Atlas Foundation (HAF), partner of the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) Morocco, is one of the 34 winners of the 2013 SEED Awards, which recognize the best business practices in the field of sustainable development and green economy. SGP Morocco has been working with HAF on developing the ...read more
 
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Government scales up GEF SGP project to rehabilitate severely degraded land in Ethiopia
Following the positive impact of a GEF Small Grants Programme supported project in Hawassa, Ethiopia, the government of Southern Nations Nationalities and People Region (SNNPR) decided to scale up the community-based practices that successfully conserved and restored severely degraded land in ...read more
 
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Innovations from GEF SGP showcased at UNCCD in Namibia
Location: Windhoek, Namibia   The GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) shared innovative practices from its Land Degradation project portfolio while actively participating in the 11th Conference of Parties (COP 11) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) which was held ...read more
 
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Organic Farming in Suriname
In a small house in the Saramacca District, one hour away from the Surinamese capital of Paramaribo, Robert Kriontani welcomes you to his family farm. He grows aubergines, cauliflowers and spring onions, three common products of Suriname's diet. However, Robert's crops are not common; he has chosen ...read more
 
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Grantee from SGP China receives the 2012 Transparent Action Award from One Foundation
On December 1st, 2012, the Ningxia Center for Environment and Poverty Alleviation (the Center), a GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) grantee, became a recipient of the 2012 Transparent Action Award presented by China's One Foundation. An independent panel of judges distributed 17 awards to NGOs ...read more
 
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GEF SGP Belarus supports the remediation of open pits and landfills in the Minsk region
Land is one of the major natural resources for sustainable development in Belarus. However, land degradation is a key constraint, which results in significant economic, environmental and social costs to local communities. One of the root causes of severe land degradation in Belarus has ...read more
 
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Improved water resources management in the Ma'la Plateau on Socotra Island
Socotra Island, a World Heritage Site (WHS) for nature, is the largest dry island in the region. It is located in the Indian Ocean, about 400km offshore from mainland Yemen and with a surface area of about 4,000 square kilometers. The survival of local Socotra communities with approximately ...read more