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Community Approaches to Sustainable Land Management and Agroecology Practices 22 September 2017
With the global rise in human population and the status of environmental degradation, accelerating the use of sustainable land management practices at the community level is critical for the future of the planet. For the last two decades, the Small Grants Programme (SGP) has been supporting local communities and indigenous communities in their efforts to restore degraded lands, improve soil ...read more
Six SGP grantees receive the Equator Prize 2017 18 September 2017
Six community and indigenous people organizations supported by the GEF Small Grants Programme were honored yesterday at the Equator Prize award winning ceremony held at the Town Hall Theater in New York during the United Nations General Assembly. Organized by the Equator Initiative and attended by more than 1,500 people, the ceremony recognized 15 outstanding local and indigenous community ...read more
SGP participates at the Snow Leopard Forum 25 August 2017
This week, the leaders of the 12 snow leopard range countries, international organizations, researchers, private sector, and civil society organizations gathered in Bishkek under the invitation of the President of Kyrgyz Republic to reaffirm collective commitment to conserve the majestic snow leopard and its habitat. The GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) at UNDP has been a key partner for the ...read more
Recognizing Indigenous Peoples’ key role as environmental stewards 09 August 2017
Today the world celebrates the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples to highlight the achievements and contributions that indigenous people make in the world. This year the theme focuses on the Tenth Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, a key milestone for cooperation and solidarity between indigenous peoples and governments. According to the UN, ...read more
Strengthening resilience of the Thongrong community in Bhutan’s Gamri Watershed through the COMDEKS Programme 08 August 2017
The Community Development and Knowledge Management for the Satoyama Initiative Programme (COMDEKS) was launched in 2011 as the flagship of the Satoyama Initiative, a global effort to promote the sustainable use of natural resources in the landscapes worked in and relied upon by rural communities. Delivered through SGP as one of its partnership programmes, COMDEKS is funded by the Japan ...read more
ICCA-GSI supports the Indigenous Peoples Policy Planning of the Green Climate Fund 07 August 2017
In its role for improving the recognition, support and overall effectiveness of ICCAs, the Global Support Initiative to Indigenous Peoples and Community-Conserved Territories and Areas (ICCA-GSI) organized a consultative workshop to create awareness and provide inputs to the initial draft of the Indigenous Peoples (IP) policy of the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The workshop was held in Nairobi, ...read more
Protecting endangered sea turtles in Malaysia 12 July 2017
Seven different species of sea turtles – also known as marine turtles – inhabit our oceans. Of these seven, only the green turtle has a stable population in Malaysia. The leatherback turtle is now extinct, and the hawksbill and the olive ridley are in precarious situations, with only a few tens of nests per year.     Thanks to a novel new initiative supported by the Global ...read more
Regional ICCA-GSI Knowledge Sharing & Capacity-building Workshop for Central and West Asia 15 June 2017
11-14 June 2017; Ysyk-Köl Lake, KYRGYZSTAN - In its role for improving the recognition, support and overall effectiveness of ICCAs in at least 26 countries, the Global Support Initiative to Indigenous Peoples and Community-Conserved Territories and Areas (ICCA-GSI) organized a regional workshop in Kyrgyzstan for multi-level actors in the Central and West Asia regions. The regional workshop was ...read more
Bottom-up need for transparency on hazardous chemicals in chemical products: Experience from GEF SGP in Cameroon 13 June 2018
In Cameroon, plastic bottles, plastic bags, old rubber tyres, end of lives energy saving bulbs, and glass thermometers are frequently and carelessly dumped either on unused land or in water ways, with the risk of transportation to other waterbodies such as lakes or rivers. To eliminate this visual pollution, people living near these spontaneous dumping sites often turn to open burning of waste, ...read more
Since 1992, the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP)—implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and funded by the Global Environment Facility​ (GEF)—has provided more than 20,000 grants, totaling more than US$541 million, in 132 countries. The program aims to conserve and restore the environment while enhancing people's well-being and livelihoods.​​​ SGP takes a ...read more