This smokeless stove is my TV, my radio, my fridge….it is my proudest household possession. Life has never been so comfortable.
Ms. Kamala Bhandari
Beneficiary and Mother

Country Programme Snapshot

Start Date 1996
# of Projects 156
Total Grant Amount US$ 4,321,275
Total cash Co-Financing US$ 1,081,580
Total In-Kind Co-Financing US$ 2,512,316

Country Portfolio by Area of Work

Climate Change Mitigation
Community Based Adaptation
International Waters
Land Degradation
Global Publications

This publication shows how much progress has been made in defining the goals, planning processes, funding mechanisms, and monitoring systems needed to make sustainable landscape management a reality. The case studies provide valuable examples of the COMDEKS approach and the improvements in ecosystem services, and rural productivity, income, and community empowerment that result.The publication is comprised of two parts:Part I summarizes the defining principles of the COMDEKS community-based landscape management approach, and sets out the step-by-step process used to apply the approach.Part II presents up-to-date case material for each of the ten countries participating in Phase II of the COMDEKS Programme. This material describes the target landscapes, sets the local context of environmental, social, and economic conditions and challenges; describes the participatory landscape planning process; enumerates local program activities; and reports preliminary findings. Part II ends with a short consideration of what the COMDEKS Programme has achieved, how these insights can be applied both within and beyond UNDP, and the challenges that lie ahead for the COMDEKS community-based landscape approach.

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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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Examples of Successful Projects
Salamjee Sustainable Land Management
Salamjee Sustainable Land Management

Goal:  Promote sustainable land management
Main Activities: Contour-farming, terracing, bunding, and hedgerow planting.
Key Results: Broad-based participation, Govt. established Community Forestry as a follow up to the project, scaled-up in two other neighbouring villages, visible impact and a happy community.

Country Impact

Local Level:

  • Introduced biogas, solar lights, watershed management, ecotourism, indigenous arts and crafts, cleaning and waste management campaigns, herbal cosmetics, bee-keeping, rainwater harvesting, forest fire volunteerism, etc.

National level:

  • Contributed towards or influenced policy formulation on Renewable Energy, Eco-tourism and Sustainable Land Management.

Successfully replicated project:

  • Solar lighting, improved wood-based stoves, briquette making from sawdust, sustainable land management, biogas and lemon grass oil distillation.

SGP activity in figures:

  • Protection of critically endangered black-necked crane and white bellied heron protection( 2 species); rehabilitation of 5000 ha of their habitat; protection of critical watersheds (20), supported wildlife sanctuaries (3), community seed banks (3)
2012 - Ministry of Agriculture Renewable Natural Resources
2002 - Ministry of Agriculture Renewable Natural Resources National Exhibition

Monpa Selvwai Yoeser Tshogpa (MSYT) won the award for Cane and Bamboo Management in Black Mountain National Park, and Shingneer Watershed Management.

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Mr. Tshering Phuntsho
National Coordinator
Phone:+ 009752322424 (ext:330)
Ms. Tara Monger
Programme Assistant
Phone:+ 009752322424


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