Traditional knowledge for a sustainable future: how Indigenous traditions are protecting biodiversity in the savannahs of Tanzania
On a cloudy day in June 2020, dozens of herders dressed in brightly coloured robes gathered under the widely spaced trees that are typical of savannah landscapes in northern Tanzania. It was the beginning of the dry season in Kiteto district, which is home to a variety of Indigenous Peoples, including the semi-nomadic Maasai pastoralists that had congregated in anticipation: “We have been waiting for this event for a long time and we are relieved to see it happen today", said Kimirei Mathiaya, chair of the Partimbo grazing cluster. On this o...
 
An ancestral answer to climate change: forest restoration with native plant in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
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Award-winning SGP project leads Nepal to a mercury-free health sector
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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.

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Traditional knowledge for a sustainable future: ho...
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An ancestral answer to climate change: forest rest...
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Singing in the rain: improving access to water and...
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Hear her voice: securing rights of Indigenous wome...
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Our Lake, our Life: protecting their lake and thei...
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Indigenous Allies: supporting Indigenous Peoplesâ€...
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Women Who Fish: the fisherwomen of Turkey...
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Hail the Whale: sustaining marine life in Cameroon...
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Award-winning SGP project leads Nepal to a mercury...
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Traditional knowledge and culture protect the last...