SGP allows local communities to meet actual challenges and to rise to their potential. So many important initiatives have been implemented with SGP support and we hope there will be more.
Alexandr Polyakov
SGP National Steering Committee, Kazakhstan
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Country Programme Snapshot

Start Date 1996
# of Projects 330
Total Grant Amount US$ 6,640,365
Total cash Co-Financing US$ 5,069,040
Total In-Kind Co-Financing US$ 4,595,300

Country Portfolio by Area of Work

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

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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This publication showcases over 10 case studies from our climate change portfolio in which youth have played a l,eading role. These projects can serve as a source of inspiration for expanding engagement with youth in addressing climate change. Employing a range of tools, young people have led and promoted the use of renewable energies, carbon footprint mapping, tree planting, disaster risk reduction measures, as well as communicated the urgency of taking action on climate change through environmental awareness raising events. In this process universities, schools, research organizations, media and government departments have played a critical role in partnering with youth organizations and scaling up their efforts.

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This publication highlights the work of the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) in the international waters focal area that not only generates global environmental benefi ts through community-based management approach to international waters issues, while assisting communities to increase theirresilience and adapt to climate change.

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Examples of Successful Projects
Ecology Tourism Development
Mitigation of threats to biodiversity by ecology tourism development

Goal: Sustainable use of biodiversity through ecotourism development
Main Activities: Strengthening the capacity of local community and demonstration of ecotourism opportunities
Key Results: Established model for the sustainable use of biodiversity , community council supervised project activity and ensured sustainability, 28 guest houses opened by local community, additional $ 20,000 income for the local community per year

Autumn/early spring irrigation as an adaptive climate change mechanism

Goal: Combat climate change through efficient water and land resources management
Main activities: Restoration of the water supply system, sowing of drought-tolerant crops, awareness raising of local community
Key result: 266 households benefitted, 100 ha irrigated, 60 ha of degraded land restored, 60 tons of hay gathered, yields of hay increased by 20-30%

Fodder base enhancement by the flood and hayfield mowing

Goal: Rehabilitation of degraded pastures through strengthening of livestock forage base
Main Activities: Creation of meadows and sown grasslands of wheatgrass, restoration of the dams
Key Results: 736 ha of pastures rehabilitated, 1500 tons of hay is gathered per year, which fully supplies the whole village with forage

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Country Impact

SGP projects supported and influenced:

  • Practices and approaches that have been taken into account during national legislation documents development – 8 projects

SGP projects are included as:

  • The best Central Asian practices on efficient land management -10 projects

  • WOCAT best practices database – 1 project

SGP projects replicated or up-scaled:

  • Efficient water and land management

SGP activity in figures:

  • Globally significant species protected: over 300

  • Areas protected, rehabilitated or sustainably managed: over 20,000ha of globally significant biodiversity; over 30,000ha of rangelands

  • Natural Protected Areas covered by the SGP projects activity -15

November 2013 - Tanym Annual Award

The receiver of this National Award is SGP grantee partner Biogen, for project : KAZ/SGP/OP5/Y2/STAR/LD/12/30

July 2014 - Parliament Recognition letter

Ms. Tatyana Nemtsan, head of SGP grantee parnter Akbota, received this Award.

Akbota has implemented the GEF SGP funded projects KAZ/SGP/OP5/STAR/CC/12/01 and CBA/KAZ/SPA/09/01  

2002 - Dubai Award for Best Practices in Improving the Living
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Mrs. Katerina Yushenko
National Coordinator
Phone:+ (7-727) 2653999
Fax:+ (7-727) 2653999
Email: katerina.yushenko@undp.org
Olga Romanova
Programme Assistant
Phone: +7-727-2653999
Fax: +7-727-2653999
Email: olga.romanova@undp.org


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