Conserving Timor Leste's Rich Forest Cover

Conserving Timor Leste's Rich Forest Cover

Timor Leste’s lush rain forests and hardwoods have long been a major resource for its communities

Timor Leste's lush rain forests and hardwoods have long been a major resource for its communities. Mirroring similar trends across the world, however, the island's forest cover has decreased by an estimated 50-70%, - or by almost 30 percent between 1972 and 1999 alone. This leaves around 41…

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Women Salt Producers Advance Solar Technique

Women Salt Producers Advance Solar Technique

Salt production, which is a traditional activity for women and youth there during this time of the year

Every year during the dry season from December to April, the women in South Benin's Ouidah region scrape the salty marshland to create highly concentrated salt brines, which they rinse with seawater before boiling them for several hours on their stoves to produce sea salt. Salt production, which…

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Trading Ghost Nets for Sustainable Fishing Gear, Guinea Bissau

Trading Ghost Nets for Sustainable Fishing Gear, G…

Artisanal fishing with ghost nets has long been practiced along Guinea Bissau’s Cacheu River

Artisanal fishing with ghost nets (abandoned or discarded fish nets) has long been practiced along Guinea Bissau's Cacheu River. Rich in large and diverse fish stocks, the river, which crosses the National Mangrove Park of Cacheu (PNTC), is attracting local residents and fishermen from Senegal alike. As no…

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Curbing Emissions through Solar Water Heaters, Jordan

Curbing Emissions through Solar Water Heaters, Jor…

A four-project cluster initiative set to encourage communities to transition from firewood to solar energy powered water heaters.

Deforestation is a serious issue in Jordan where only 1% of land enjoys forest cover. In support of Jordan's National Strategy for Renewable Energy, SGP supported a four-project cluster initiative called called "Local Community Initiative towards Renewable Energy" to encourage communities to…

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Ukraine: Children for Environment...

During October 9 - 10 2013, the city of Sarny in Rivne region of Ukraine hosted the All-Ukrainian Environmental Forum «Children for Environment: The Future We ... read more
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Equator Prize 2014...

On the evening of September 22, 2014, the Equator Prize 2014 will recognize 26 outstanding local and indigenous community initiatives, including 11 GEF Small ... read more

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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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