Country Programme Snapshot

Start Date 1996
# of Projects 184
Total Grant Amount US$ 5,325,176
Total cash Co-Financing US$ 6,638,988
Total In-Kind Co-Financing US$ 5,334,843

Country Portfolio by Area of Work

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

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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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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Country Impact

SGP impact in figures:

  • 798 significant species protected,

  • 34 270 ha areas protected, rehabilitated or sustainably managed

SGP Policy Influence at the Local, Regional or National Level:

  • SGP Morocco procedures are adopted by the Departement of Environment (Secrétariat d'Etat, chargé de l'Eau et de l'Environnement )

  • 12 policy influence at local and national level

Project initiatives that have been replicated or up-scaled:

  • Revolving fund replicated in fast every project to secure the sustainability of the activities

  • Projects about EE, RE have been replicated

  • Projects about Argan tree rehabilitation replicated to have a very large area of Argan tree forest protected and sustainably managed

October 2013 - SEED AWARD

In October 2013 , during a ceremony at the UN headquarters in Nairobi , the Moroccan NGO "The High Atlas Foundation" received one of the 34 International SEED Awards for its GEF SGP supported project in southern Morocco ( in particular in Al Haouz province). The project MOR/SGP/OP5/Y2/STAR/LD/13/07 contributes against forest degradation and regeneration of degraded soils , through the capacity buidling of local communities for the preservation and the enhancement of the walnut tree, a pillar of the biodiversity as well as of the local economy.

June 2014 - Equator Prize 2014

Receiver of this Award is grantee partner "Association de Gestion Integree des Ressources" that have implemented project MOR/SGP/OP5/Y1/STAR/BD/12/05 .  This project is part of the activation of the law regarding marine protected areas through the support of the creation of a network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) for sustainable fisheries. It aims to mobilize fishermen around the eradication of illegal fishing which is a threat of irreversible degradation of resources of Al Hoceima National Park Marine area. Key activities- list all relevant activities: Marin Al Hoceima National Park is rich in Mediterranean biodiversity. However, artisanal fishermen (about 2000) live a precarious socio-economic situation (poverty, unemployment...). The artisanal fishing sector is indeed weakened by the lack of infrastructure and unsustainable human practices (use of driftnets, dynamite fishing, poaching, and Osprey disturbance). In addition to this, the fishing sector is vulnerable to climate change (extreme events). The combination of these factors impacts the stock of fisheries resources and affects negatively the fishermen livelihoods. In this context, the project has contributed to the integration of international environmental standards in Mediterranean fishing related policies and helped prohibit the use of driftnets (major cause of the decline in fish stocks) which were replaced by sustainable fishing gear (traps in Alfa and selective long-lines). It also supported the creation of a network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) for sustainable fisheries, and mobilized fishermen to eradicate illegal fishing. A rotary support fund for the acquisition of sustainable fishing has provided free loans to fishermen to enable them to be equipped and has contributed significantly to increase their incomes and improve their living conditions. The group supported also women empowerment through the creation of 3 small environmental businesses (production and commercialization of sustainable fishing gear).
This fund has contributed to maintain the fishing activity while making it more sustainable, thus avoiding a serious economic and social crisis in this area.
Results- key environmental and socio economic results we can highlight. Socio economic results: The initiative has positively increased the resilience of the fishery artisanal sector, and contributed to a significant improvement of the community incomes. The fishermen’s community (men and women) is now better prepared to face the economic and environmental challenges through: 1. The introduction of new sustainable fishing techniques: Conversion of illegal fishing gear, surveillance and prohibition of illegal fishing with dynamite, orientation of the fishermen to fishing new species with high added value...
2. Strengthening capacity of more than 1,200 artisanal fishermen, including 200 women and their involvement in the management of marine resources and zoning prohibited fishing 3. The creation of a sustainable financial mechanism that supported the improvement of livelihoods of fishermen and the sector's resilience (increase the resilience and incomes of more than 150 fishermen and financial empowerment of more than 50 women). Environmental impact: The initiative helped prohibit the use of driftnets, allowed to raise awareness among the fishermen communities and to alert local decision makers and external services on the problems of illegal fishing. It supported the creation of a Monitoring and Surveillance Committee, aimed to stimulate the fight against illegal fishing in the Marine Park. All this activities have a positive environmental impact (reduction of pressure on fish resources and on the biodiversity of the Mediterranean Sea, biodiversity conservation, marine habitat preservation and fish stock recovery). The "Marine Protected Areas" approach is also used as a "functional" activity and tool for the development of a sustainable management system for marine resources.

2011 - National Award

SGP project Azaghar, which received an national award for its pilot date-processing & marketing workshop. Le projet contribue à la conservation de la palmeraie qui est actuellement menacée de dégradation et de désertification, les palmiers dattiers de la zone ne sont pas entretenus à cause du manque des revenus au niveau local.

La mise en place d'une unité de transformation des dattes permet de générer des revenus pour les agriculteurs. Une partie de ses revenus sera utilisée pour la plantation et l'entretien des palmiers dattiers par les agriculteurs.

Cette unité permet également de mettre en place un fonds vert renouvelable qui sera constitué à partir des bénéfices. Ce fonds sera mis en place à partir de 2011 et sera consacré à l'autofinancement d'actions de lutte contre la dégradation des sols et d'atténuation de changements climatiques.

A titre d'exemples, ce fonds financera :

• Des actions de sensibilisation et de formation sur l'agriculture biologique et l'agriculture durable

• Des actions d'économie d'eau

• La plantation de palmier dattier et d'arbres fruitiers

• L'aménagement de ravins par la fixation biologique des sols

• L'introduction de four à gaz : réduction de la quantité du bois disponible, corvée pour la femme qui doit se déplacer de 15 Km pour collecter le bois.

L'ensemble de ces actions aura un impact sur l'environnement global à travers la conservation d'une palmeraie, élément essentiel pour la survie de l'écosystème et de la population.

2009 - Prix Hassan II pour l’environnement

The Prix Hassan II Environment Award is organized by the Secretariat of State for Water and Environment was this year was given to the Association des Amis de l'Environnement de Zagora, an SGP grantee for a project to conserve the biodiversity of the date palm in the "Ternata" oasis in the province of Zagora.

2009 - ALM Ecology Trophy

This trophy is an initiative launched by the Today newspaper in Morocco, which aims to reward annually the best national initiatives in the field of environmental protection. In this occasion it was given to SGP grantee Le centre de développement de la region de Tensift for its efforts to fight pollution and improve product quality in the pottery village of Marrakech.

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