Sustainable Forest Management

The focal area will endeavor to pursue SFM in the context of increasing forest and non timber forest resources, climate change mitigation within productive landscapes where communities reside, while pursuing multiple benefits to all actors and ensuring sustainable livelihoods. Efforts will be made to link the activities with other SGP GEF focal areas to benefit from the synergies from the existing biodiversity and climate change focal areas. Specifically, sustainable land use, land use change, and forestry management interventions will be adopted at the community level for forest and non‐forest land‐use types to ensure connectivity between ecosystems and restorative activities. These efforts will aim at up‐scaling and replicating at local levels, good practices and lessons that will be generated through the activities that reduces pressures on forest resources and provides sustainable flows of forest ecosystems.

Types of projects supported by SGP

These will include activities in support of: forest rehabilitation, forest protection and socio economic functions. The rehabilitative activities will include reforestation, raising tree seedlings, tree planting, enrichment planting, woodlots establishments, social forestry approaches such as hedge row and boundary plantings, woodlots and home gardens, and the conventional agroforestry. The protective functions will include watershed management, soil &water conservation, sand dune stabilization, avalanche control, desertification control, coastal areas protection, conservation area protection, natural regeneration support/afforestation, use of traditional tree management techniques for tree crop management, occupancy management of forest, and communal tree farms establishments. While, the socio-economic functions activities will include management of communal forests for: recreation, tourism, education and conservation of spiritual and cultural heritage and general provision of social services.

The objective is fulfilled through a number of activities that includes fire management, conflict resolution approaches, local based industrial/agricultural technologies that reduce the pressures on forests, increasing ecological connectivity through restorative activities in forest gaps, buffer zone managements and protected areas corridors. This focal area also champions the need for promoting community and small holder forestry. In addition, the activities on agricultural landscapes such as pollarding, tree surgeries and other harvesting technologies will be promoted.

Main achievements of the portfolio since 1992

Overall, GEF SGP has had close to 1,600 (12% of all SGP projects) projects that have forestry elements in them, which were originally designed as biodiversity, land degradation focal, climate change focal areas. Some of the projects are contributed from the multi-focal area projects. Latin America and the Caribbean regions have had the highest numbers of projects with a proportion of 42.5% of the total forest based projects. Focal area wise, up to 59.9% of these projects were classified under biodiversity, 14% under land degradation and 2.4% under Climate change and the rest (23.7%) under multi-focal.

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Global Publications
The GEF Small Grants Programme: Local Action, Global Impact
Small Grants Programme: 25 Years of Engagement with Indigenous Peoples
The GEF Small Grants Programme Result Report 2018 - 2019
The GEF Small Grants Programme Results Report 2018 - 2019
Summary of E-discussion on: Community Based REDD+ (CBR+) – Phase II
Community-Based REDD+ Progress Report 2017
The GEF Small Grants Programme in Least Development Countries (LDCs): Fact-sheet 2017 - 2018
The GEF Small Grants Programme in Small Island Developing States (SIDS): Fact-sheet 2017 - 2018
The GEF Small Grants Programme in Pacific: Fact-sheet 2017 - 2018
The GEF Small Grants Programme in Arab States: Fact-sheet 2017 - 2018
The GEF Small Grants Programme in Latin America and Caribbean: Fact-sheet 2017 - 2018
The GEF Small Grants Programme in Europe and CIS : Fact-sheet 2017 - 2018
The GEF Small Grants Programme in Asia: Fact-sheet 2017 - 2018
The GEF Small Grants Programme in Africa: Fact-sheet 2017 - 2018
Women as Environmental Stewards: The Experience of the Small Grants Programme
The GEF Small Grants Programme Results Report 2017 - 2018
SGP Annual Monitoring Report 2016 - 2017
SGP 25th anniversary: Local action, global impact
SGP corporate brochure, 2017
Community Approaches to Sustainable Land Management and Agroecology Practices
Community Based REDD+
Small Grants Programme Annual Monitoring Report 2015 - 2016
Small Grants Programme Corporate Brochure - 2015
SGP Community Action Global Impact
Hands-on Action for Sustainable Development 1192-2002
Compact - Engaging Local Communities in Stewardship of Globally Significant Protected Areas
Case Studies
Addressing Land Degradation in Nauro-Gor