Engaging Herd-boys to Conserve the Southern Bald Ibis in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho

Engaging Herd-boys to Conserve the Southern Bald I…

The Southern Bald Ibis, a bird species endemic to Lesotho

The Southern Bald Ibis (Geronticus calvus), a bird species endemic to Lesotho, the eastern parts of South Africa and the western parts of Swaziland, has been vanishing. Classified as "vulnerable" in the IUCN Red Data Book, the birds have been threatened by habitat loss, human interference…

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Supporting Innovation for Environmental Conservation and Research: Turkey’s Sunboat

Supporting Innovation for Environmental Conservati…

The solar powered boat was developed specifically for lakes

Boating can be intrusive to aquatic ecosystems and increase carbon emissions through pollution from engine emissions, lubricants and accidental discharges. This is why SGP Turkey decided to support TEMEV (Clean Energy Foundation) to develop a solar powered boat specifically for lakes under pressure from recreational activities. Modeled after…

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Indigenous Women Present Natural Dye Fashion

Indigenous Women Present Natural Dye Fashion

The dresses were produced from traditional natural dyes.

On May 27th, the GEF Small Grants Programme participated in a Joint Side Event organized by the GEF Secretariat on Indigenous People at the 5th GEF Assembly in Cancun, Mexico. At the event, SGP presented an Indigenous Fashion Show featuring a project that protects biodiversity through the recovery…

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Inspiring Change from the Ground Up

Inspiring Change from the Ground Up

Community Leaders share their Experiences

Community Leaders share their Experiences at a 5th GEF Assembly Side Event Cancun, Mexico. Environmental degradation and climate change affect communities around the world. Using their local knowledge and expertise, these communities are often best suited to develop solutions for the environmental challenges they…

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International Women's Day 2014: "Equality for Wome...

On March 8, 2014 the world is celebrating International Women's Day with this year's theme highlighting the importance of women and gender equality as agents ... read more

Celebrating Indigenous Communities’ Contributio...

The International Day of Forests celebrates and raises awareness about the importance of forests and trees for our planet. One third of the world's terrestrial ... read more

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20 anniversary cover 20 Years: Community Action for the Global Environment

This publication reviews the results achieved by the GEF Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) over the last two decades (1992-2012), and recounts the ground gained in supporting communities and civil society organizations in their efforts to implement environment-cum-development initiatives.    ...read more
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