Announcing New SGP-FAO Joint Program on Mountain Products
Almost one billion people live in mountainous areas, and over half the human population depends on mountains for water, food, and clean energy. Still, mountain ecosystems are under siege by climate change, land degradation, over-exploitation of natural resources, and natural disasters, with far-felt consequences. To address the urgent challenges faced by mountain peoples and environments the UNDP implemented GEF Small Grants Programme and the Mountain Partnerships Secretariat (MPS) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the Unit...
 
SGP announces increased support for Jaguar Conservation
Today, the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) celebrates the first ever International J...
 
SGP launches new Blue Economy Publication at the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi
The first Sustainable Blue Economy Conference took place in Nairobi, Kenya from November 26th to November 28th, 2018. The conference was attended by over 11,000 participants from across the world...

Our Mission

Established in 1992, the year of the Rio Earth Summit, the GEF Small Grants Programme embodies the very essence of sustainable development by "thinking globally acting locally". By providing financial and technical support to projects that conserve and restore the environment while enhancing people's well-being and livelihoods, SGP demonstrates that community action can maintain the fine balance between human needs and environmental imperatives.

Where we work

Our stories

EAS%20HEADER.JPG
SGP participated in the East Asian SEAS Congress i...
International%20Mountain%20Day%20Photo%202.JPG
Announcing New SGP-FAO Joint Program on Mountain P...
CBDCOP14_20Nov18.jpg
SGP brings the voices of communities to CBD COP 14...
unnamed1.jpg
SGP launches new Blue Economy Publication at the S...
jaguar.jpg
SGP announces increased support for Jaguar Conserv...
Colombia_April2018.jpg
SGP Colombia: Newsletter April 2018...
Colombia_Jan2018.jpg
SGP Colombia: Newsletter January 2018...
Colombia_Aug2018.jpg
SGP Colombia: Newsletter August 2018...
collage%20marrakech%20IWC9.png
SGP at GEF 9th Biennial IW Conference...
images/stories/articles.jpg
SGP events at CBD COP 14...

28 February - 2 March 2017, Phetchaburi Province, Thailand - ICCA-GSI held a training workshop on Engaging indigenous peoples and local communities in participatory management of protected areas and benefit sharing at the Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex.  The workshop was designed to strengthen the technical knowledge and skills of staff of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation in engaging indigenous peoples and local communities in participatory management of protected areas and World Heritage Sites to enhance their effectiveness.  ICCA-GSI co-organized the workshop with  IUCN Thailand and the Thai Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation.

The 3-day interactive workshop was attended by a total of 64 participants, with 45 representatives from the National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries of Thailand joining representatives from International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Freeland Foundation, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC) and the UNDP-GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP).  The high participatory engagement enabled a dynamic environment in covering a myriad of activities including group work, panel discussions, and knowledge-sharing from over a decade's experience from the Community Management of Protected Areas for Conservation (COMPACT) initiative implemented in eight natural World Heritage Sites in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Asia. Key topics covered included: (i.) COMPACT case study experience from the Philippines; (ii.) overview, issues and challenges for protected areas in Thailand; (iii.) engaging local communities in the stewardship of World Heritage; (iv.) COMPACT planning frameworks and tools for facilitation of community dialogues; (v.) IUCN landscape governance types; and (vi.) GEF SGP programming priorities for Thailand during the 6th Operational Phase (2016-2020). 

To compliment the workshop activities, a Thai-translated version of  the UNESCO World Heritage Paper Series #40 Engaging Local Communities in the Stewardship of World Heritage was disseminated which was facilitated by its authors, namely, Dr. Terence Hay-Edie (UNDP-GEF SGP) and Ms. Jessica Brown (New England Biolabs Foundation, USA); Dr. Chamniern Vorratnchaiphan and Mr. Petch Manopawitr (IUCN Thailand).

The workshop closed with positive feedback and action plans in integrating community participation and engagement in the governance and management of  protected areas including Thailand's national parks, existing UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the tentative list sites in Thailand.