I feel so happy and I cannot fully express my gratitude because we have been waiting for three years to have solar energy in our homes. With the support of our partners, I have been able to see this day at the age of 87.

Keshi Tsegay Gezehey
Woman representative of Qnafna region
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Country Programme Snapshot

Start Date 2009
# of Projects 35
Total Grant Amount US$ 1,627,900
Total cash Co-Financing US$ 433,883
Total In-Kind Co-Financing US$ 2,416,042

Country Portfolio by Area of Work

Climate Change Mitigation
Community Based Adaptation
Land Degradation
Global Publications
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Country Impact

SGP impact in figures:

  • 40 Hectares of land under afforestion programme protected from animal grazing, 3km of sea coast land under mangrove rehabilitation project protected, rehabilitated and sustainably managed.

SGP Policy Influence at the Local level:

  • Local authorities are very supportive protecting areas by practice where SGP projects of land degradation and biodiversity are implemented. This attitude is going beyond the communities to regional and national levels.

Influence at national level:

  • The only green belt area on the eastern escarpment of Eritrea known as Semienawi Bahri which is significantly large, was at risk of severe degradation from intensive farming and animal grazing during the last 20+ years. The government has recently declared the enclosure of the area from any agricultural activities to protect it from further degradation and boost biodiversity. This shows that there is strong influence of protecting areas from overgrazing and other human activities.
May 2015 - Greening Day Award

SGP grantee partner Tokonda’e Development Committee is the receiver of this national Award.

Tokonda’e Development Committee has implemented the GEF SGP funded project ERI/SGP/OP5/CORE/ LD/14/15 .  


Ms. Freweini Negash
Programme Assistant


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