Land Degradation
Improved water resources management in the Ma'la Plateau on Socotra Island
Socotra Island, a World Heritage Site (WHS) for nature, is the largest dry island in the region. It is located in the Indian Ocean, about 400km offshore from mainland Yemen and with a surface area of about 4,000 square kilometers. The survival of local Socotra communities with approximately more
US Treasury’s Assistant Secretary, Ms. Marisa Lago visit a GEF Small Grants Programme in Rwanda
On February 28, 2012, the US Treasury's Assistant Secretary of International Markets and Development, Ms. Marisa Lago visited a women lead project financed by the GEF Small Grants programme in Rwanda. The project goal was to introduce alternative energy sources to the use of fuel wood and more
Mitigation of Land Degradation around the Lake Kyoga in Serere/Soroti Districts of Uganda using community initiatives
Over 80% of Uganda's population is dependent on agro-pastoralist for food and income generation, contributing to a growing concern over natural resource exploitation. Uganda is in an enviable position for having a relatively large percentage of arable land (about 30%), much of which has not more
UNFCCC COP delegates visit GEF SGP Project near Durban
On the occasion of the 17th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP17), the GEF Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized a site visit to a community-based mitigation project in the more
Reforestation of the Soche Mountain Forest Reserve in Malawi
The GEF Small Grants Programme in Malawi is supporting the Soche Mountain Land Care Extension Project, a multi-pronged community initiative aimed at restoring the ecosystem of the Soche Mountain Forest Reserve after many years of destruction and neglect. This project is benefiting the more
SGP Ecuador project wins award from UNESCO
On March 3, the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization-UNESCO gave Hector Parion, a grantee of the GEF Small Grants Programme, the recognition of "Excellence in Craft". Hector participated in a national competition with 71 artisans from 13 provinces. The handicrafts of more
Local Solutions to Wastewater Problems
Wastewater treatment is a rare luxury in rural areas of Armenia, and domestic wastewater is subjected to either direct disposal to water bodies or land. The same is true for most of settlements in Ararat Valley, where the ground water table is rather high, and there is a high risk of more
Aquaponics - The Genesis of an Industry in Barbados
Located in the South-Central hills of Barbados in the Caribbean, is a small low-income village called Bairds, with no more than 30 houses and 150 people who are mostly small farmers. In that village lives a young visionary by the name of Damian Hinkson, who has been experimenting with more
Executive Secretary of the United Nation’s Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Mr. Luc Gnacadja, Supports the Work of SGP
In a meeting with UNDP in Chile last week, Mr. Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UNCCD expressed his support to the work of the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) in land degradation in Chile and emphasized the importance of its work with local communities. During the event, more
Nepal - My family Will Not Have to Die of Hunger
"My family will not have to die of hunger......." The prince turned into a pauper overnight when Man Bahadur Praja's 1.3 hectares of cultivable land in Makawanpur was washed away by landslide and flood in 2002. With his productive land gone, he was compelled to rely on his more