I can now say I am educated because I can challenge a person who has gone through school with the skills that I acquired.
Ms. Mereri
Beneficiary, Masai Grandmother and Barefoot College Student, Trained in India
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Country Programme Snapshot

Start Date 1993
# of Projects 351
Total Grant Amount US$ 11,274,765
Total cash Co-Financing US$ 4,396,655
Total In-Kind Co-Financing US$ 3,595,371

Country Portfolio by Area of Work

Climate Change Mitigation
International Waters
Land Degradation
Global Publications
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Since 2000, the COMPACT programme has been working with communities living in the vicinity of eight World Heritage Sites in Africa, Asia, Meso-America and the Caribbean. Through extensive on-the-ground experience and a participatory methodology that integrates an evidence-based approach, COMPACT has rigorously tested the claim that communitybased initiatives can signifi cantly increase the effectiveness of biodiversity conservation in globally signifi cant protected areas while alsoimproving local livelihoods.

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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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Country Impact

SGP policy impact:

  • SGP project directly influenced National Energy Policy which resulted in the creation of an enabling environment for decentralized power production.

  • SGP project contributed to the gazettment of 11 sacred sites as national monuments

Successful projects scaled up and replicated:

  • Installation of EE cookstoves in schools + woodlot establishment in school compounds

  • Butterfly farming on the edges of indigenous forests

  • Eco-tourism to promote forest (terrestrial and marine) conservation

SGP activity in figures:

  • 6 globally important and highly threatened fauna species protected

  • 12,500 ha of terrestrial indigenous forest and 3,700 hectares of mangrove forest

  • rehabilitated and/or sustainably managed.

ATENTION: SGP does not charge a fee at any stage of the selection process. Please contact the National Coordinator directly to find out how to apply.

October 2014 - National Environmental Trust Fund Green Innovation Award

The receiver of this Award is SGP grantee partner Tree is life Trust, that has implemented the GEF SGP funded project KEN/SGP/OP5/FSP/LD/13/016 .

November 2014 - Tusk Conservation Award

The receiver of this Award is SGP grantee partner Kijabe Environment Volunteers (KENVO) that has implemented the GEF SGP funded project KEN/SGP/OP5/FSP/BD/14/03.

July 2014 - Youth in Agriculture Blog Competition

The receiver of this Award is SGP grantee partner Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN), that has implemented the GEF SGP funded project KEN/SGP/OP5/FSP/LD/13/015 .

2014 - Kinship Conservation Leadership Fellowship

The receiver of this Award is Njenga Kahiro of SGP grantee partner SUGUTAN CBO that have implemented the GEF SGP funded project  KEN/SGP/OP5/FSP/LD/12/03 . 

2014 - Africa Women Agricultural and Development Fellowship Award

The receiver of this international Award is Ms. Patricia Muiko of SGP grantee partner SEGERA JIRANI NA MAZINGIRA CBO (SJM), that has implemented the GEF SGP funded project KEN/SGP/OP5/FSP/LD/12/04

2010 - SEED Award

The Muliru Farmers Conservation Group (MFCG), recognized by SEED for their Community Based Medicinal Enterprise, received its first grant from the GEF SGP in 2000. This same group is also a 2010 Equator Initiative Finalist.

2010 - Equator Initiative Award

The Muliru Farmers Conservation Group (MFCG) works to improve local livelihoods through the commercial cultivation and processing of the indigenous medicinal plant Ocimum kilimandscharicum, and the manufacture of the Naturub® brand of medicinal products. Located adjacent to the Kakamega forest in Western Kenya, the organization creates value-added alternative incomes for the local population, conserves the biodiversity-rich forest by relieving unsustainable pressure on forest resources, and demonstrates the economic incentives of biodiversity in the region to promote conservation activities.

2003 - UN Person of the Year Award

2003 UN Person of the Year Award- As part of the World Day for Environment events held at the Kenya Coast, Ms Guddy Birkigt of Robinson Island was given a cash award of 100,000 Kenya shillings by UNEP, in recognition of the work she and her community are doing at Robinson Island. The event was attended by the Minister for Environment Mr. Kulundu, Dr. Michieka, (Director ,National Environment Management Authority), 3 top UNEP officials, and others. Guddy was the winner of the UN Person of the Year Award in 2003. This SGP project has so far planted 600,000 mangroves, has built 3 bandas for accommodation for visitors, bought two boats for the community, and is working with youths to look after sea turtles.

2002 - The Nature Conservancy

Honey Care Africa Ltd. was shortlisted and awarded $30,000 by The Nature Conservancy.

2002 - Equator Prize

Equator Prize 2002 Short list. Since winning the Equator Initiative Award in Johannesburg in 2002, Honey Care has moved from strength to strength winning other international awards, their honey has been accepted by the European Union for quality, and have been accepted as members of Fair Trade group. They have just signed an agreement with the World Bank which will help expand their services in the region.

2001 - Ashden Trust Award for Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy Technology Assistance Programme wins the Ashden Trust Award for Renewable Energy.

1998 - 1998 Dubai International Award for Best Practices in Improving the Living Environment

Won by Mr. Ian Gordon and Mr. Washington Ayiemba; Kipepeo Project, Arabuko-Sokoke Forest. The purpose of the project is to link conservation and development through sustainable utilisation of butterflies in support of a globally important forest. Arabuko-Sokoke Forest on Kenya''s north coast is an island of unique biodiversity in a sea of human poverty. It harbours six globally threatened bird species, four threatened mammals and unknown numbers of other threatened species. View the Award.

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