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25 years making waves to save the ocean 12 June 2017
 The world celebrates the World Oceans Day to bring awareness about the key role of oceans in everyday life and inform the public about the impact of human actions on the ocean. In recognition of the role local communities play in the protection and restoration of coastal and marine ecosystems, local leaders and the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) grantees Fatou Janha Mboob from Gambia ...read more
SGP participation at the Oceans Conference 06 June 2017
  EI/SGP Publication - Making Waves:Together with the Equator Initiative, SGP will launch the joint publication "Making Waves" that features powerful stories about community innovations in the management of marine and coastal areas including fisheries, MPAs, etc. The publication includes 15 stories of Equator Winners, eight of which are SGP ...read more
Releasing our new brand identity 30 May 2017
The GEF Small Grants Programme is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year! As part of this cerebration, we are releasing an updated logo as our new brand identity. The logo symbolizes our renewed commitment to supporting the innovative solutions of communities and civil society organizations on global environment and sustainable development issues. As a brand with strong recognition, the ...read more
Community-based ecotourism protects biodiversity in the Yucatan Peninsula 22 May 2017
 Around 8,000 visitors each year experience the Muyil wetlands, mangroves, canals, blue lagoon, and local caves with Sian Ka’an Community Tours. On the occasion of the International Day for Biological Diversity, the world is celebrating the important role that sustainable tourism plays on biodiversity conservation and achieving sustainable livelihoods. The GEF, through ...read more
Global Youth Video Competition on Climate Change 2017 10 May 2017
Bonn, 10 de mayo de 2017 We are delighted to announce the launch of this year's Global Youth Video Competition on Climate Change 2017. The objective of the Global Youth Video Competition is to highlight climate action being taken by youth through videos; providing them with a platform to identify their successes and inspire other youth and policy-makers. The 2017 competition is ...read more
SGP shares its strategic initiatives with indigenous peoples at UNFPII 08 May 2017
The 16th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNFPII) was held at the UN Headquarters in New York from 25 April to 5 May 2017.  Its main theme was to commemorate the 10th year of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and assess its progress. More than 1,000 indigenous peoples’ representatives joined member states, UN agencies and ...read more
SGP spotlights community experiences in chemicals and waste management at Stockholm COP8 27 April 2017
On 25 April, 2017, on the occasion of the 8th Conference of Parties (COP) of the Stockholm and Rotterdam conventions and the 13th COP of the Basel Convention, the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) implemented by UNDP, convened a panel of experts and practitioners in chemicals and waste management from civil society, government, and international organizations to share community experiences in ...read more
ICCA-GSI supports the Indigenous Mountain Peoples' Adaptation Programme and Global South-South Exchange Platform 24 April 2017
19 -23 April 2017; Cusco, PERU - ICCA-GSI supported a workshop to consolidate and strengthen the International Network of Mountain Indigenous Peoples’ (INMIP) Adaptation Programme and global South-South exchange platform through a process that develops i) the relevant capacity for communities and civil society stakeholders, and accordingly strengthen their networking, and ii) the ...read more
UN Special Rapporteur reports to Human Rights Council and recommends replicating SGP’s good practices in supporting indigenous peoples and local communities for biodiversity conservation and its sustainable use. 09 March 2017
  7 March 2017; Geneva, Switzerland – In the 34th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Mr. John Know, in his capacity as the UN Special Rapporteur, presented a report on “issues of human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment” and its synchronization to the human rights obligations to the ...read more
SGP Moldova Newsletter, January 2016 07 April 2017
SGP Moldova has published the e-newsletter on its work during 2015. The newsletter can be read ...read more