I hope that after completion of the project, the schoolchildren will no longer have to excavate “trenches” to remove wastewater out of the school yard.
Mr. Varazdat Hakobyan
Beneficiary, Parakar Secondary School
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Country Programme Snapshot

Start Date 2009
# of Projects 69
Total Grant Amount US$ 2,690,319
Total cash Co-Financing US$ 3,046,743
Total In-Kind Co-Financing US$ 1,043,870

Country Portfolio by Area of Work

Climate Change Mitigation
Community Based Adaptation
International Waters
Land Degradation
Global Publications
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The proliferation of harmful chemicals is a growing concern for human health and well-being and the global environment.During its 6th replenishment period (July 2014 to June 2018; GEF-6), GEF continues to play a catalytic role in leveraging budgetary resources to support elimination and reduction of harmful chemicals and waste.The GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) is the special window of the GEF providing financial and technical support to communities and civil society organizations for addressing global environmental challenges, while also promoting poverty reduction and sustainable development. In the chemicals and waste focal area, SGP focuses its support to communities at the forefront of chemical threats either as users or consumers, including women and indigenous peoples.As of April 2017, SGP has supported 565 projects with an investment of more than $16 million in GEF grant funding, leveraging more than $18 million in co-financing from multiple sources. SGP’s chemicals and waste portfolio has focused on:  solid waste management to avoid open burning of waste;  pesticide management in agriculture and organic farming; • reduction of chemicals usage and contamination (such as PCB) in small-scale businesses;   capacity development, awareness raising and knowledge sharing.

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The EU-NGOs project "Strengethening Environmental Governance by Bulding the Capacity of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO)" is a global project funded by the European Union (EU), implemented by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and delivered and co-financed by the Global Environment Facilty (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP). This publication:

1. Outlines the conceptual basis of the EU-NGOs Project and its community-led approach to strengthening environmental governance by increasing civil society participation in related processes;2. Presents a selection of eight EU-NGOs country case studies (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Egypt, Georgia, Moldova, Morocco, Palestine and Ukraine) setting the local context based on which supported initiatives were developed, describing project activities and objectives, as well as reporting on key achievements, impacts and lessons learned from these on-the-ground initiatives; and3. Highlights some key overall impacts and lessons learned from on-the-ground implementation of community-led projects related to environmental governance in EU-neighboring countries.

The EU-NGOs project has produced considerable results with positive effects beyond the supported NGOs, as a large number of CSOs and NGOs have been reached through such tools as a training-of-trainers approach, partnerships, and dedicated networks. The case studies provided in this report aim to share valuable insights to such approaches that can be used as a basis for replication in similar initiatives around the world.

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Country Impact

SGP projects supported , documented and influenced:

  • At national level: 1 legal act on incorporation of Vipera Darevskii (IUCN) habitats into a national park zone

  • At local level: 2 decisions on eco-tourism in Pas as a means to protect biodiversity, 1 decision on POPs/toxic chemical; 2 decisions on land management and biodiversity conservation

Successful projects scaled up and replicated:

  • Use of RES (solar energy)

SGP activity in figures:

  • Globally significant species protected:  12 (IUCN) species, 56 national (National Red Book List)
  • Areas protected, rehabilitated or sustainably managed: 2 PAs, 4 Important Bird Areas, aprox. 120 ha of farmlands prevented from degradation, 400 ha of grasslands are managed in a sustainable way


Mr. Hovhannes Ghazaryan
National Coordinator
Phone: +374 60 530000+116
Fax: (+374 10) 543811
Ms. Svetlana Harutyunyan
Programme Assistant
Phone: +374 60 530000+117


14 Adamyan St. , Yeravan 0010