Global Publications

25 Years of the GEF

Voices of Impact: Speaking for the Global Commons

This is a publication developed by the UNDP-GEF  to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the GEF. SGP work is featured in the following 4 stories:

• We are a large ocean state, ENVIRONMENTAL INNOVATIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF SEYCHELLES
• The power of peat, RESTORING ECOSYSTEM HEALTH TO PEATLANDS IN BELARUS
• Ridge-to-reef living landscapes A MODEL FOR COMMUNITY-BASED CONSERVATION IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA
• Threads of Life WOMEN RESTORING WILD COTTON SPECIES AND INDIGENOUS PRACTICES IN PERU

Country: Belarus, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Seychelles  

Filesize: 18.11 MB
A Practitioners' Guide to Establishing a Community-Based Adaptation Programme

Developed for local and national-lelvel practititioners interested in community-based adaptation (CBA) to climate change, this guide presents the lessons and practices from the gloal pilot project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) under the Strategic Priority on Adaptation (SPA) window and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) mechanism.  

The guide resembles a 'cookbook' for conducting the CBA processes in project development and implementation. To illustrate the processes and priniciples, the guide provides practical examples of how CBA can be accomplished in real project situations by drawing on the field experiences of the SPA CBA project, which was implemented in 10 countries in varying geographic areas with communities of different cultural backgrounds and norms.

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

Filesize: 3.38 MB
Manual de datos para TICCAS

El manual proporciona descripciones de fondo de las bases de datos y la información que almacenan. Se pretende orientar a los usuarios en los procesos de decidir sobre participación, proporcionar información, elección de base de datos para el envío de información (Registro TICCA, WDPA o ambos) y ser conscientes de qué esperar posteriormente (ver el Recuadro 1.1).

El manual incluye:

  • Información sobre los beneficios de registrar TICCAs, así como las consideraciones que deben tenerse en cuenta antes de decidirse a hacerlo; 
  • Información sobre salvaguardias, incluyendo propiedad, uso y difusión de información;
  • Orientación sobre los requisitos para el registro y sobre el proceso de presentación, incluyendo los procedimientos para consentimiento libre, previo e informado; e
  • Información sobre qué esperar después de aplicar para el registro de un TICCA.

El primer paso para los usuarios de este manual es para determinar si desea proporcionar información a la WDPA, Registro TICCA o ambos. Esto debe determinarse mediante un proceso de consentimiento libre, previo e informado (CLPI). Este proceso debe ser un ejercicio a través del cual la comunidad o pueblo indígena decide auto identificar su área o territorio como un TICCA, y a través de procesos internos acuerda enviar información a una o más de las bases de datos. La información proporcionada en este manual debe ser usada para informar este proceso de consentimiento libre, previo e informado.

Area of work: Biodiversity; Priority Group: Indigenous People; Partnerships: ICCA-GSI; Theme: ICCAs, Traditional Knowledge; Type: How -to Toolkit  

Filesize: 1.6 MB
ICCA Data Manual

The ICCA Data Manual has been released to support communities, indigenous peoples and those who work with them to register their ICCAs. The manual describes things to consider before registering, how to register, and what to expect afterwards.

It is available in 3 languages: English, French and Spanish.

Area of work: Biodiversity; Priority Group: Indigenous People; Partnerships: ICCA-GSI; Theme: ICCAs, Protected Areas, Traditional Knowledge; Type: How -to Toolkit  

Filesize: 1.59 MB
A Practitioners Guide to Establishing A Community-Based Adaptation Programme Recommendations Based on A UNDP-GEF Community-based adaptation Pilot Project

Based on examples from Community Based Adaptation (CBA) projects of the GEF Small Grants Programme implemented by UNDP, this publication aims to guide practitioners in developing CBA projects from design to implementation. The publication includes recommendations on country entry points, roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders, financial management, use of methodologies such as VRA, applying the Theory of Change and more.

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