Global Publications

Small Grants Programme Corporate Brochure - 2015

General Brochure about the SMall Grants Programme. Where we work, how to apply, areas of work and results.

Guidance Note on How to Plan and Mainstream Community-Based Adaptation at the Local, Sub-National and National Levels

Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) has been involved in Community-Based Adaptation (CBA) since 2008. At this time, the GEF Strategic Priority on Adaptation (SPA) window funded a five-year pilot programme that was implemented by UNDP and delivered on the ground by SGP. In 2009, AusAID partnered with SGP to enable climate resilience funding for two complementary CBA programmes, the Mekong Asia Pacific CBA (MAP CBA) and the Small Islands Developing States CBA (SIDS CBA).

One of the key objectives of SGP’s CBA programmes is to mainstream CBA into the local, sub national and national levels by informing policies and programmes of community-driven adaptation priorities and innovations. While every country’s planning processes and capacities vary substantially, one of the greatest barriers for government’s effective development processes is how to reach vulnerable local people, especially those living in isolated geographic areas.


This guidance note is targeted to SGP CBA practitioners such as National Coordinators (NCs), grantees and Programme Assistants (PAs) to effectively integrate CBA innovations into national processes and practices, while using the existing infrastructure and systems of SGP. It can also be used by other practitioners working at the local levels.

Area of work: Community Based Adaptation  

Filesize: 1.64 MB
Gender, Climate Change, and Community Based Adaptation: A Guidebook For Designing And Implementing Gender-Sensitive Community-Based Adaptation Programmes And Projects

The Gender, Climate Change and Community Based Adaptation Guidebook presents a wealth of experiences and examples taken from the UNDP-GEF Community-Based Adaptation Programme, delivered through SGP, that are being piloted throughout the world. The Guidebook will be useful for any community-based practitioners who wish to review successful cases of gender mainstreaming in community-based adaptation projects.

Area of work: Community Based Adaptation; Priority Group: Women Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming  

Filesize: 4.38 MB
Empowered Generation:Youth Action on Climate Change Through the GEF Small Grants Programme, 2013

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.

Country: Barbados, Belarus, China, Gambia, Ghana, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Palau, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ukraine; Area of work: Climate Change Mitigation; Priority Group: Youth  

Filesize: 3.29 MB
COMPACT, Engaging Local Communities in Stewardship of World Heritage, 2013

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 also
improving local livelihoods.

Country: Belize, Dominica, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritania, Mexico, Philippines, Senegal, Tanzania; Area of work: Biodiversity  

Filesize: 6.12 MB
A toolkit to support conservation by indigenous peoples and local communities: Building capacity and sharing knowledge for Indigenous Peoples and Community Conserved Territories and Areas -ICCAs

The toolkit includes a range of case studies to highlight the diversity of approaches that communities already use to manage their own areas, and to show how these lessons can be applied to form a “global learning network” of ICCAs.

Area of work: Biodiversity; Priority Group: Indigenous People; Partnerships: ICCA-GSI  

Filesize: 6.24 MB
AusAID CBA Project Report - June 2012

Area of work: Community Based Adaptation  

Filesize: 4.41 MB
SPA CBA Annual Report 2011

Area of work: Community Based Adaptation  

Filesize: 810.09 kB
Biodiversity Products From Latin America and the Caribbean

This publication captures and profiles the portfolio of biodiversity-based products, commodities and community experiences pertaining to the sustainable use, marketing and certification of biodiversity. The catalogue of biodiversity-based products from SGP's Latin American & Caribbean portfolio demonstrates the linkage between the sustainable use of biodiversity, community empowerment and poverty reduction. The catalogue is being replicated at the global level with the Progreso Network as part of an on-line platform.
Area of work: Biodiversity  

Filesize: 26.04 MB