Biodiversity
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Indigenous Women Present Natural Dye Fashion
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 ...read more
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Let’ s Go Wild for Wildlife! SGP welcomes the first World Wildlife Day
World Wildife Day, which was celebrated on March 3rd, 2014 for the first time, honors the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and raises awareness about the wide-ranging ecosystem benefits they provide. This day was chosen to commemorate the signing of the Convention ...read more
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Launch of the 2014 International Year of the Small Island Developing States
SMALL ISLAND DEVELOPING STATES (SIDS) have always faced a range of particular challenges and vulnerabilities – isolation, limited land, and shortage of resources – which rendered the pursuit of sustainable development to be more complex. Recently, climate change effects such as sea level ...read more
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Australian High Commissioner Visits Water Harvesting Project in Jamaica
Australian High Commissioner Ross Tysoe, who was in Jamaica during the Diplomatic week in Kingston last week, took the opportunity to visit one of the Small Grants Programme's (SGP) community-based adaptation (CBA) projects in Pleasant Valley, - an area which had long struggeled with ...read more
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Revitalizing Ramsar Wetlands in the Naghadeh plain near Lake Urmia
Lake Urmia, one of the world's largest hypersaline lakes, has been suffering from shrinkage for decades but when its satellite wetlands in the south showed signs of severe degradation, a group of ex-hunters and teachers sounded the alarm bell. Being ex-hunters, they knew about the ecological values ...read more
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GEF SGP Projects receive Awards and Recognition
During 2013, SGP grantees received more than 50 awards, prizes or other forms of recognition for their outstanding efforts in conserving and rehabilitating the environment while improving the well-being of their communities. Below are a select number of award-winning projects – which have not yet ...read more
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SGP Turkey shares Responsible Fishery Experience at MEDPAN
Ms. Gökmen Argun, National Coordinator of SGP Turkey, was invited to share Turkey's experience on promoting sustainable, recreational fishing practices at a workshop convened by MEDPAN, the Network of Marine Protected Area Managers in the Mediterranean. The presentation was part of the ...read more
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SGP Project wins Emerging Exporters Gold Award in Mauritius
On August 22th, 2013, the Association Pour l'Education des Enfants Defavorises (APEDED), a grantee of the GEF Small Grants Programme, won the "Emerging Exporters Gold Award". The award, organized by Enterprise Mauritius, aims at inspiring more Mauritian enterprises to develop sustainable exports in ...read more
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COMPACT 12-year report launched at UNESCO World Heritage Committee
Since the year 2000, the Community Management of Protected Areas Conservation (COMPACT) initiative has been testing an innovative model for engaging communities in the conservation and shared governance of protected areas considered to be the "global commons" of humankind. An initiative of the ...read more
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SGP launches new ICCA toolkit
On May 29, 2013 on the occasion of the first World Indigenous Network (WIN) in Darwin, Australia, UNDP, UNEP WCMC, and SGP launched a toolkit designed to assist civil society-led initiatives around the world to voluntarily conserve Indigenous Peoples' and Community Conserved Territories and ...read more

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