2011-2020 has been declared by the UN General Assembly as the 'International Decade for Biodiversity'. Biodiversity provides us with food, fuel, medicine, shelter and a cultural and spiritual connection to nature. In 2005, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment assessed the consequences of ecosystem change for human well-being delivering a state-of-the-art appraisal of the trends in the world's ecosystems, the services they provide, as well as the scientific basis for action to conserve and use them sustainably.

The United Nations has called upon its specialized agencies, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, and civil society everywhere to act to protect biodiversity as the natural wealth that exists in life on Earth. For UNDP, one of the foundations for sustainable human development is by acknowledging the importance biodiversity and ecosystems play in sustaining the livelihoods of local communities. This can be achieved by demonstrating the crucial services provided by ecosystems, and in making a social and economic case for investing in and maintaining these vital services.

As the financial mechanism for the Convention on Biological Diversity, the overall goal of the GEF for biodiversity for the GEF5 period, running from 2010 to 2014, is "the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and the maintenance of ecosystem goods and services". In order to support this goal, the SGP seeks to "improve the sustainability of protected area systems", as well as to "mainstream biodiversity conservation and sustainable use into production landscapes/seascapes and sectors".

Since its launch in 1992, the SGP has funded practical, hands-on, demonstration projects and grass-roots initiatives by NGOs, CBOs and indigenous peoples which promote the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in target ecosystems and landscapes. As of mid-2012, SGP programming for biodiversity has supported more than 7,800 community-based biodiversity projects totaling $185 million, leveraging a further $139 million in cash co-financing, and $137 million in in-kind contributions. In the process, approximately 1.9 million hectares of globally significant biodiversity areas have been protected or sustainably managed by NGO, CBO and indigenous peoples.

Eligible SGP activities are restricted to in situ conservation of species, and cannot support ex situ initiatives outside their natural habitats (i.e. botanical gardens, zoos, or museums). All SGP biodiversity projects are expected to be located in geographic areas that contain globally significant biodiversity, and/or have focused on reducing threats to biodiversity identified within the SGP Country Programme Strategy which address the following key questions:

Protected areas (PAs) are defined by IUCN as "a clearly defined geographical space, recognized, dedicated and managed, through legal or other effective means, to achieve the long-term conservation of nature with associated ecosystem services and cultural values". At the conclusion of the CBD COP10 in October 2010 state parties adopted a decision to expand the global coverage of protected areas (PAs) from 12% to 17% by 2020 (including a reference to "other effective area-based conservation approaches" such as ICCAs).

Numerous SGP country programmes have contributed to improved community-level actions and practices, and reduced negative impacts on biodiversity resources in and around PAs and ICCAs. The SGP works closely with the global ICCA Consortium, developed through the work of various IUCN Commissions, as well as the global ICCA Registry hosted by UNEP-WCMC which is also responsible for the World Database on Protected Areas. Pilot initiatives are also underway to develop SGP projects supporting the sustainable use of biodiversity and Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) arrangements under the Nagoya Protocol, as well as the Inter-Governmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) created in March 2012.

In the area of agrobiodiversity and production landscapes/seascapes, SGP supports initiatives on improved community-level sustainable use of biodiversity through community-based initiatives, frameworks and market mechanisms, including recognized environmental standards (organic certification, fair trade, Rainforest Alliance, bird friendly), as well as for the conservation of genetic resources important to agriculture covered by the International Treaty on Plant Genetic resources Important for Food and Agriculture. In most countries, SGP has also contributed significantly to increased understanding and awareness of the sustainable use of biodiversity through work with youth and schools.

Typical SGP activities in production landscapes have included: ecosystem protection through pollination, seed dispersal and pest control; maintenance of traditional knowledge (TK), innovations and practices; integration of set-asides for biodiversity protection in compatible agro-forestry and silvo-pastoral systems; promotion of seed banks and community biodiversity registers; improved effectiveness of traditional farming systems for conservation of locally-adapted landraces in Vavilov Centers; as well as conservation of neglected crop and fodder species.

Some key SGP partnerships in the biodiversity focal area include COMPACT; support to small producer organizations with the UNDP Green Commodities facility; Conservation International Verde Ventures programme; the Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research; Indigenous Partnership for Agrobiodiversity and Food Sovereignty; Progreso Network; and the International Union of Ethical Biotrade.

The SGP also collaborates closely with the Secretariat of the CBD in relation to Biodiversity for Local Livelihoods; the Programme of Work on Protected Areas (PoWPA); the Green Wave Initiative; support to indigenous peoples and protection of traditional knowledge and practices (Article 8j); customary use (Article 10c); as well as the joint programme of work with UNESCO regarding the links between biological and cultural diversity.

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Biodiversity Snapshot (Since 1992)
# of Projects 11114
Total Grant Amount US$ 292,057,174
Total cash Co-Financing US$ 190,274,521
Total In-Kind Co-Financing US$ 207,560,474

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El manual proporciona descripciones de fondo de las bases de datos y la información que almacenan. Se pretende orientar a los usuarios en los procesos de decidir sobre participación, proporcionar información, elección de base de datos para el envío de información (Registro TICCA, WDPA o ambos) y ser conscientes de qué esperar posteriormente (ver el Recuadro 1.1).

El manual incluye:

Información sobre los beneficios de registrar TICCAs, así como las consideraciones que deben tenerse en cuenta antes de decidirse a hacerlo;  Información sobre salvaguardias, incluyendo propiedad, uso y difusión de información; Orientación sobre los requisitos para el registro y sobre el proceso de presentación, incluyendo los procedimientos para consentimiento libre, previo e informado; e Información sobre qué esperar después de aplicar para el registro de un TICCA.

El primer paso para los usuarios de este manual es para determinar si desea proporcionar información a la WDPA, Registro TICCA o ambos. Esto debe determinarse mediante un proceso de consentimiento libre, previo e informado (CLPI). Este proceso debe ser un ejercicio a través del cual la comunidad o pueblo indígena decide auto identificar su área o territorio como un TICCA, y a través de procesos internos acuerda enviar información a una o más de las bases de datos. La información proporcionada en este manual debe ser usada para informar este proceso de consentimiento libre, previo e informado.

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Ce manuel a été écrit pour les populations autochtones ou les communautés locales qui ont déterminé que leur territoire ou aire répond aux critères qui définissent une APAC (voir les termes clés), autrement considéré comme un territoire ou une aire dont la gouvernance, gestion et conservation est assurée par une population autochtone ou une communauté locale. Il est aussi conçu pour ceux qui travaillent en étroite collaboration avec les conservateurs d’APAC, tel que les ONG locales qui peuvent souhaiter soumettre des informations concernant une ou plusieurs APAC. Il n’est pas destiné à être utilisé par des gouvernements. Les gouvernements qui souhaitent fournir des informations concernant leurs systèmes d’aires protégées sont orientés vers le manuel d’utilisation de la WDPA.

  Le manuel est conçu pour aider les populations autochtones et les communautés locales à inscrire leurs APAC dans la WDPA (Base de données mondiale sur les aires protégées) et/ou l’ICCA Registry (le registre des APAC). Les communautés ont différentes raisons pour inscrire leurs territoires ou aires. Ces raisons comprennent la volonté de sensibiliser aux efforts de conservation et de subsistance, de soutenir le tourisme local, d’aider à protéger des espèces importantes culturellement, ou de démontrer leur leadership parallèlement à d’autres types d’aires protégées.  
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The ICCA Data Manual has been released to support communities, indigenous peoples and those who work with them to register their ICCAs. The manual describes things to consider before registering, how to register, and what to expect afterwards.

It is available in 3 languages: English, French and Spanish.

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The ICCA toolkit was intitally published in English in 2013.  It is now available in Spanish and French.

The toolkit documents sixteen case studies and highlights innovative tools and approaches developed to help local communities address critical challenges that affect their natural and cultural resources. It includes a diverse set of resources organized around five key themes (documentation, management planning, monitoring and evaluation, communication, and finance and values). The publication also offers a suite of tools to support the effectiveness and viability of ICCAs as governance structures for the protection of biodiversity and ecosystems.

In addition to being a valuable resource to practitioners, the toolkit provides a reminder to policy-makers that the achievement of the emerging post-2015 sustainable development goals (SDGs) will need to be linked to a comprehensive valuation of ecosystem services, as well as to be spearheaded at the grassroots by local civil society initiatives.

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The ICCA toolkit was intitally published in English in 2013.  It is also available in Spanish and French.

The purpose of the toolkit is to complement ongoing efforts to build capacity of ICCAs as they gain greater recognition on a global scale.This toolkit highlights the diverse approaches that communities use to manage their own areas and combines the manifold of conservation tools developed for community-based organizations who live in particular habitats and/or are facing specific threats (linked to climate change or extractive industries) as well as those developed for protected area managers, practitioners and government agencies.  

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The ICCA toolkit was intitally published in English in 2013.  It is now available in French and Spanish.

The purpose of the toolkit is to complement ongoing efforts to build capacity of ICCAs as they gain greater recognition on a global scale.This toolkit highlights the diverse approaches that communities use to manage their own areas and combines the manifold of conservation tools developed for community-based organizations who live in particular habitats and/or are facing specific threats (linked to climate change or extractive industries) as well as those developed for protected area managers, practitioners and government agencies.  

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General Brochure about the SMall Grants Programme. Where we work, how to apply, areas of work and results.

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Since 2000, the COMPACT programme has been working with communities living in the vicinity of eight World Heritage Sites in Africa, Asia, Meso-America and the Caribbean. Through extensive on-the-ground experience and a participatory methodology that integrates an evidence-based approach, COMPACT has rigorously tested the claim that communitybased initiatives can signifi cantly increase the effectiveness of biodiversity conservation in globally signifi cant protected areas while alsoimproving local livelihoods.

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The toolkit includes a range of case studies to highlight the diversity of approaches that communities already use to manage their own areas, and to show how these lessons can be applied to form a “global learning network” of ICCAs.

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Since the year 2000, the Community Management of Protected Areas Conservation (COMPACT) initiative of the UNDP/GEF Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) and United Nations Foundation (UNF) has been working with communities near eight current/proposed World Heritage Sites in Africa, Asia, Meso-America and the Caribbean. Through extensive on-the-ground experience, and a participatory methodology that integrates a scientific approach, COMPACT is demonstrating that community-based initiatives can significantly increase the effectiveness of biodiversity conservation in globally significant protected areas while helping to improve local livelihoods.

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Community Action to Conserve Biodiversity ( Wednesday, 01 March 2006 )

In this report, launched in March 2006 at the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 8) in Brazil, the SGP and the Equator Initiative collaboratively present thirty case studies from their portfolio to document and draw preliminary lessons from the successes of community-based biodiversity enterprises. While these cases are selected from across Latin America and the Caribbean and initially emerged from an international workshop in Merida, Mexico, they offer valuable lessons for a global agenda.

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This publication captures and profiles the portfolio of biodiversity-based products, commodities and community experiences pertaining to the sustainable use, marketing and certification of biodiversity. The catalogue of biodiversity-based products from SGP's Latin American & Caribbean portfolio demonstrates the linkage between the sustainable use of biodiversity, community empowerment and poverty reduction. The catalogue is being replicated at the global level with the Progreso Network as part of an on-line platform.
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Case Studies
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Sagana Womens Group ( Wednesday, 16 May 2012 )
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September 2015 - Equator Prize 2015

SGP grantee partner Rural Green Environmental Organization is one of the Awardees of Equator Prize 2015

Rural Green Environmental Organization has implemented the GEF SGP funded project AFG/SGP/OP4/Y3/RAF/13/06.

October 2014 - Ocean Hero Award

The receiver of this National Award is Mrs. Lisa Carne, Executive Director of SGP grantee partner Fragments of Hope.

Fragments of Hope has imlemented the GEF SGP funded projects BZE/COMPACT/OP4/Y2/CORE/09/02 and BZE/COMPACT/OP5/Y4/CORE/BD/14/04

June 2014 - Equator Prize 2014

The receiver of this Award is SGP grantee partner Alliance for Integrated Development – Nepal.

Alliance for Integrated Development has implemented the GEF SGP funded projects  NEP/SGP/OP5/Y2/CORE/12/08 and NEP/SGP/OP4/CORE/Y3/10/03

June 2014 - Equator Prize 2014

The receiver of this Award is SGP grantee partner The Association of Waorani Women.

The Association of Waorani Women has implemented the GEF SGP funded project ECU/SGP/FSP/OP5/BD/13/28 .

2012 - Whitley Fund for Nature Awards

Lisel Alamilla, Belize's newly appointed Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development and formerly Executive Director of the Ya'axché Conservation Trust, is one of seven winners of this year's Whitley Fund for Nature Awards. Lisel won a Whitley Award for her work to unite local stakeholders to protect Belize's species in the rich Maya Golden Landscape. The COMPACT Programme in Belize continues to support Ya'axche Conservation Trust in its landscape management approach to conservation within the Maya Golden Landscape.

2012 - Sujagrati Social Welfare Society

Sujagrati Social Welfare Society, GEF/SGP partner planted 10,000 trees and preserved another 10,000 trees at Baba Devpuri (Baba Ramdass) Park. Along with this, they put up check-dams of 3,000 meters. As a matter of an annual event of selection of the best Park, this Park was selected as the best Park (by a Committee formed under the Chairmanship of the Collector, Morena). This Award is being presented by the Chief Minister. The NGO has also established marketing linkages with the famous Indian Pharmaceutical Company, Dabur and 5 tonnes of two types of medicinal plants have been sold. This association is expected to continue which will result into additional income to the SHG members and help in poverty alleviation.

2012 - Selected at the South South UN event celebrated in Panama

Won by Comite de Desarrollo Sostenible.

2012 - Ministry of Agriculture Renewable Natural Resources
2012 - Equator Award

The Pacari Network brings together 47 traditional pharmacies and community-based organizations to cultivate medicinal plants, preserve traditional ecological knowledge and health traditions, and protect biodiversity in the Cerrado (savannah) biome. In the absence of any comprehensive legislation that legally recognizes traditional health practices, the network has mobilized medicinal plant producers and local health practitioners to create self-regulating policies. Standards have been put in place on the amount of plant used in the preparation of traditional medicines, safety and sanitary conditions for plant processing, and sustainable harvesting techniques. The network has developed a unique system of documenting traditional knowledge called the "Popular Pharmacopoeia of the Cerrado," which has involved the participation of more than 260 traditional health providers. Network communities produce an average of 40 types of traditional medicine from over 60 priority species native to the Cerrado. The health benefits from the initiative extend to more than 3,000 beneficiaries per month. Medicinal plant cultivation and the operation of small pharmacies provide jobs and new sources of income.

2012 - Equator Award

Oyster Women' Association is  a local CBO with a membership of 500 women drawn from 15 communities living around one of our major wetlands – The Tanbi Wetlands (6, 324 hectares) which was the first Ramsar site of The Gambia. This wetland is a protected reserve and located in an estuary at the month of The River Gambia. It plays a major role as a fish breeding site and has a mangrove vegetation where the women living around harvest oysters for a living. The wetland has undergone major degradation in the past due to resource mismanagement, logging, pollution and farming activities. Having realized that the protection of Tanbi wetlands is crucial to their continuous livelihoods, Try Oyster Women's Association came up with a project called " Conservation and sustainable management of the mangrove ecosystem of the Tanbi National park and its peripheral communities."

2012 - Equator Award

Fédération des VOI Mitsinjo Ny Ho Avy wins Equator Award.

2012 - Equator Award

Comité Villageois de Développement de Ando Kpomey wins Equator Award for 2012.

2012 - Earth Day Network

Ms. Rekha Gujre is Secretary of Pradeepan, an NGO that is working in 130 villages in the tribal and remote areas of Betul district of Madhya Pradesh. Ms. Gujre has facilitated the women into small kinship based self help groups, defining their priorities and linking them with banks to access easy and timely credit. This process has given a new hope to local communities to turn their adversaries into opportunities and weave the local planning into the panchayats priorities village after village. With the timely support from GEF /UNDP Small Grants Program through CEE she has led more than 2500 women to implement several programs in addressing gender issues like dowry, domestic violence against women, health, HIV AIDS.

This led to greater confidence in addressing importantly simple low cost measures in conserving soil and water, through check dams, and gully plugs etc. value addition through local biodiversity creating business models through local institutions for better livelihoods and earning opportunities. In addition, Ms Gujre with support of her family has led forestation efforts, and is helping create seed banks and grain banks in the resource poor areas of the district. Earth Day Network commended Ms. Gujre's efforts for the planet and for humankind.

2012 - Clean Production

Won by Consejo para el Desarrollo de Fondo Grande for the effort of the local community to a clean production with the protection and restoration of natural resources

2012 - Botanic Garden Conservation International (BGCI) China programme

Botanic Garden Conservation International (BGCI) is an international organization that exists to ensure the world-wide conservation of threatened plants, the continued existence of which are intrinsically linked to global issues including poverty, human well-being and climate change. Every year BGCI launches a range of new projects from local initiatives to global campaigns. China is a key region for BGCI's conservation work. BGCI's China programme focuses on conserving threatened plant species, increasing the effectiveness of plant conservation, and enhancing environmental education and public awareness. Xinjiang Botanical Society successfully applied fund form BGCI China to replicate SGP project to conserve Haloxylon ammodendron and grow parasitic medical plant Herba Cistanchis in the roots of Haloxylon ammodendron forestry to prevent the death of Haloxylon ammodendron vegetation resulted from the over-chopping of Herba Cistanchis, and excessive exploitation of Haloxylon ammodendron forestry for firewood using.

2011 - Winrock International; Shangri-La Institute for Sustainable Communities

Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources. By linking local individuals and communities with new ideas and technology, Winrock is increasing long-term productivity, equity, and responsible resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world. Deqin County Baima Community Co-management Association uses the fund from Winrock International to replicate the SGP project experiences on eco-tourism development and alternative livelihood promotion.

The Shangri-la Institute for Sustainable Communities (SISC) is a local non-profit organization and designed to facilitate community-empowerment by providing opportunities for communities to extensively participate in sustainable development through strengthening the capacity of local communities; acknowledging traditional sustainable lifestyles; protecting the environment and disseminating experiences and influencing policy. The Deqin County Baima Community Co-management Association successfully applied the fund from SISC to replicate SGP project at Xiaruo village in Yunnan. 

2011 - The 5th China Gender Facility for Research and Advocacy Grant

The China Gender Facility (CGF) was set up in September 2004 by the UN China Theme Group on Gender (UNTGG) with the objective of advancing gender equality and women's empowerment in China. The CGF is supported by UN Agencies (UNICEF, UNFPA, ILO, UNDP, UNESCO, WHO, UNAIDS and UNIFEM), and bilateral donors (AusAID, CIDA, SIDA and France). The CGF awards grants through an open and competitive process. The Facility provides grants of up to 30,000 USD to government, local and national civil society organizations and academic institutions in mainland China to fund innovative and catalytic proposals that support research on contemporary gender issues, and/or advocacy and dialogue leading to integration of gender into Chinese development plans, policies and programmes. The SGP grantee Zhuhai Biological society's project 'Enhancing Women's Role in Wildlife Protection and Promoting Gender Equality in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province wins the grant under the theme of Gender and climate change/environment/disaster risk reduction. View Fact Sheet.

2011 - SEED Award

Won by Association des Veuves Vulnerables Affectees et Infectees par le VIH/SIDA (AVVAIS) a.s.b.l. - AVVAIS a.s.b.l. (Non-government Organization) : GEF SGP Rwanda is also pleased to inform you that the only winner from Rwanda is a GEF SGP grantee (OP4/Y3). "Project for producing edible mushroom spores" is pioneering the local production of primary mushroom spores through a laboratory run by a cooperative of HIV-infected women and widows. Supported by international organizations and local government authorities, the initiative will make mushroom production accessible to vulnerable members of rural communities as a profitable and high-yield crop requiring little land.

2011 - Rajashri Shahu Gaurav Puraskar

Yerala Projects Society has received the prestigious award 'Rajashri Shahu Gaurav Puraskar' for its contribution in the fields of rural development, livelihoods & educational activities. This award has been given by 'Rajashri Shahu Chatrapati Memorial Trust', Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India. The ceremony of award distribution has conducted on 17. Feb 2011 in Shahu Memorial Auditorium, Kolhapur. The award was given by the president of the TRUST, Dr. N.J. Pawar, Chancellor of Kolhapur University in the presence of Ex- minister Mr. Shrinivas Patil, Satara & Trustees. In the year 2011, the Trust has selected 4 persons & ONE organization, Yerala Project Society (YPS). Yerala Project Society (YPS) has been doing range of actions but the initiatives undertaken with the support of GEF - UNDP Small Grants Program (SGP) in the initial project and then the scaling up effort has been much recognized as a more conservation-livelihoods approach in the rain-shadow areas of the Sangli district, in Mahrashtra - "Scaling up subsoil irrigation program to support marginal Farmers from drought pone areas in horticulture to ensure sustainable agricultural". The award is given by the name of well-known King 'Rajashri Shahu Maharaj' in Kolhapur region. Shahu IV (also known as Rajarshi Shahu) (26 June 1874 – 6 May 1922) was the first Maharaja of the Indian princely state of Kolhapur between 1884 and 1922. He is seen as an inspiration and an idol for selfless service to the society and involvement of the local and state governments. The trust recognizes innovation, sincerity and the services in the areas of sustainable development, social service, art and cultures active. This has been instituted and many national luminaries' in the past have been recognized in the last 10 years.

2011 - Premio otorgado por el Ministerio de la Agricultura

Won by Apoyo a la Proteccion del Ecosistema de Montana y la Economia Local en la Comunidad de Victorino. Premiada la Cooperativa de Apicultores por sus altos estandares de producción de miel, manejo y conservacíón de los bosques de montaña.


2011 - Premio Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Medio Ambiente

Won by Rescate y Conservacion de la Cabra Criolla Cubana: Un Recurso Genetico en Peligro de Extincion. Premiado por su impacto ambiental, económico y social en la Comunidad, fortalecida la infraestructura comunitaria.


2011 - Premio Academia de Ciencias de Cuba

Won by Yoel Martínez, Wilfredo García, Jose L Corvea, Yudalsis Cordova, Ricardo Fleitas. Desarrollo de una Sistema Agroecológico participativo integrado al manejo de recursos naturales y socioculturales en la localidad del Capón, Parque Nacional Viñales. Pinar del Río. Cuba. More Information.

2011 - National Award

SGP project Azaghar, which received an national award for its pilot date-processing & marketing workshop. Le projet contribue à la conservation de la palmeraie qui est actuellement menacée de dégradation et de désertification, les palmiers dattiers de la zone ne sont pas entretenus à cause du manque des revenus au niveau local.

La mise en place d'une unité de transformation des dattes permet de générer des revenus pour les agriculteurs. Une partie de ses revenus sera utilisée pour la plantation et l'entretien des palmiers dattiers par les agriculteurs.

Cette unité permet également de mettre en place un fonds vert renouvelable qui sera constitué à partir des bénéfices. Ce fonds sera mis en place à partir de 2011 et sera consacré à l'autofinancement d'actions de lutte contre la dégradation des sols et d'atténuation de changements climatiques.

A titre d'exemples, ce fonds financera :

• Des actions de sensibilisation et de formation sur l'agriculture biologique et l'agriculture durable

• Des actions d'économie d'eau

• La plantation de palmier dattier et d'arbres fruitiers

• L'aménagement de ravins par la fixation biologique des sols

• L'introduction de four à gaz : réduction de la quantité du bois disponible, corvée pour la femme qui doit se déplacer de 15 Km pour collecter le bois.

L'ensemble de ces actions aura un impact sur l'environnement global à travers la conservation d'une palmeraie, élément essentiel pour la survie de l'écosystème et de la population.

2011 - Lenovo Small Public Welfare Competition

Since 2007, Lenovo initiated Venture Philanthropy programme to support grass-roots non-profit organization with funding and capacity building. The 2011 Lenovo Small Public Welfare Competition started on 18 July and included four stages: 'call for proposals'; intensified training; practice and final round oral defense. In sep. 2011, the experts' panel selected 17 organizations from 41000 competitors as the winners with total grant of 1.39 million RMB. Their projects range from environmental protection, education, community development to reduction of digital wide gap. Beihai Civil Volunteers Association is one of the 17 winners and they will use the fund to replicate the SGP project on avian conservation and raise public awareness on bird's protection.

2011 - Community Development

Won by Junta Campesina Rafael Fernandez Dominguez for the support to the local community to implement sustainable livelihood and restoration of the organic coffee plantation.

2011 - ATABEY Environmental Awards. Category Local Development

Association de Caficultores La Esperanaza (ASOCAES), for their efforts in developing local business, based on organic coffee production on the Upper Rio Nizao.

2011 - ATABEY Environmental Awards. Category Capacity Building

Federación Campesina Hacia el Progreso (FCHP) by it work in organizing local communities,e training and development of sustainable production alternatives associated with the protection of the upper basin of the Yuna River.

2011 - ATABEY Environmental Awards. Category Biodiversity Conservation

Grupo Jaragua for it career in information generation, ecosystem conservation and endemic species in the country with the participation of the local community.

2011 - Annual Plant Genome Saviour Community Award 2010 - 2011

Mr. Babulal Dahiya of Sarjana Samajik Sanskratik Aivam Sahitiyak Manch, Pithorabad, District Satna (Madhya Pradesh), a GEF-SGP partner, has been awarded the Annual Plant Genome Saviour Community Award 2010-11. This award is constituted by the Government of India and implemented through Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers Rights Authority under the PPV&FR Act, 2011. Though it is a community award, but looking at the individual efforts of Mr. Babulal Dahiya towards conservation and preservation of Plant Genetic Resources, the Authority has conferred this Award in his individual capacity.

The NGO has developed local conservation methods of cultivating 67 different varieties of rice in the Pandi and Pithorabad Districts. These 67 varieties are being grown by 125 farmers in 220 acres. Seed Banks are created and the farmers are using these traditional breeding mechanisms and also propagating them. The GEF/SGP project was implemented in 14 villages in 5 Gram Panchayats. The work relating to biodiversity conservation and livelihoods has benefitted 1400 families directly. Mr. Dahiya established 18 women-based SHGs and today the number of SHGs has touched 100, with nearly 1100 women members. Mr. Dahiya, a grassroot worker, was also awarded on 22 May 2011 as the best NGO for promoting local conservation and propagation of traditional farmers' varieties.


Won by Adonis Santiesteban. Obtienen los máximos premios ejemplares de cabras criollas presentados a la Feria Internacional.

2010 - SEED Award

Rosh is a Marine Protected Area located off the northern coast of Socotra, an island in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Yemen. The territory traditionally belongs to the Sacra and Diherhom villages. The initiative started as an eco-campsite and conservation area to address decreases in fish species and populations and to counter an attempt by the coastal land-owner to sell off the territory, thereby depriving villagers of direct management over the marine resources. The campsite has created new jobs, functions on a benefit sharing principle, and uses solar panel technology and sustainable water management techniques. The Sacra and Diherhom villages enjoy a wealth of fish in their marine area as a sustainable source of income and nutrition while also generating ecotourism revenues during the tourist season.

2010 - Odair Firmino Solidarity Prize

The NGO "10envolvimento" (or 10-development), from the Cerrado (savanna) region of Bahia State, Central Brazil, received the "Odair Firmino Solidarity Prize", from Brazilian Cáritas in November 2010. The project was selected among 27 projects carried out all over the country. The NGO is supported by SGP Brazil (BRA/OP4/Y1/07/18) to promote local communities' empowerment, through the recognition of their identity and cultural values; promotion of handicrafts made from natural raw materials, including Cerrado biodiversity, as well as agroecological production and work with medicinal plants. The prize of R$ 20,000 (about US$ 11,700) will be invested in building a house to improve the handicraft production and to organize meetings and cultural events.

2010 - National Award for Child Welfare 2009-2010

Dalit Sangh has won the best NGO award from the President of India on the 14th Nov 2010. Dalit Sangh has implemented the Project to Ensure Biodiversity Conservation through promoting traditional skill based livelihoods for the Pardhi Tribes in MP. These are the primitive tribes. Dalit Sangh was established in 1996, in Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh as a forum for taking unheard voices to the system to minimize atrocities against Dalits. The Sangh is working for all round development & welfare of children and the Self Help Groups for livelihoods and local empowerment. Dalit Sangh has organized Dalit Adhikar Abhiyan, Bal Melas, Self Employment Training Programs to community youth, capacity building , training to health workers to work at village , life skill education training and has constituted cadre based organization with the community. In some exceptional situation like disasters , relief work have been carried out by the organization in recognition of it its valuable contribution to mitigating the injustice to the most deprived children , Dalit Sangh is being awarded the National award for child welfare 2009-10 through the GEF UNDP SGP project.

2010 - Inyathelo Philanthropy Award

The award that was presented to Noel De Villiers , the founder and CEO of one of SGP Grantees in South Africa (Open Africa). The 2010 Inyathelo Philanthropy Award for contribution to social investment, advancement and sustainability in the country was presented to Mr De Villiers on the 15th November 2010.

His organization, Open Africa has initiated 59 travel (tourism) routes in six countries supporting 29 336 jobs. This includes the Karoo Highlands Route project in the Northern Cape which has been supported by the UNDP GEF Small Grants Programme in South Africa. (See Open Africa Project # SAF/SGP/OP4/RAF/09/02 titled Developing a biodiversity focused, pro-poor circular tourism route within the Succulent and Hantam Karoo). The Karoo Highland Route project was initiated in November 2009 and was launched on the 2nd October 2010 and it has more than 150 participants that range from farm stays, restaurants, lodges, petrol stations, conservation areas and artists from eight towns in the Great Karoo. The Route was launched in Carnarvon to boost tourism and economic benefits to the area, as well as to enhance conservation of the endangered Riverine Rabbit which is endemic to the Karoo in South Africa. Since the launch of the Karoo Highlands Route has received some media coverage. Other articles were compiled in local Afrikaans language. The Northern Cape Department of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism has also come in to help the route participants - they have budgeted to erect route signage along this route. Also coming to the party TEP (Tourism Enterprise Program) have started training (as the participants requested) on the route for all hospitality establishments (Accommodation and food & beverage) for the Karoo Highlands Route.

2010 - Ford Motor Company Conservation Award

Won by JUNACAS (Junta de Asociaciones Campesinas de Salcedo) for the effort of the local community to implement system of organic cocoa production.

2010 - FAO En Busca de Casos Ejemplares de Manejo Forestal Sostenible en América Latina y el Caribe

Reconocimiento otorgado por la FAO a la Asociación de Protección de los Bosques Secos de El Choloque – ASPROBOS, por las buenas prácticas del manejo forestal y su contribución a la sostenibilidad de los bosques.

2010 - Equator Initiative Award

Won by Fundacion San Crisanto: La organización mantiene un programa de educación continua de la comunidad acerca de la importancia de los humedales y los bosques de manglar, para la conservación de la biodiversidad, medios de vida sostenibles, y como una barrera natural contra las inundaciones. La organización ha logrado la restauración del sistema hídrico en los manglares y la prevención de inundaciones. View the Award.

2010 - Equator Initiative Award

Kibale Association for Rural and Environmental Development undertakes sustainable ecotourism activities in Kibale National Park with the aim of protecting the area's biodiversity and promoting sustainable local livelihoods. The conservation of both natural and cultural resources, the promotion of conservation education, and the channeling of ecotourism revenues into community development (including education, health and sanitation projects) are central features of KAFRED's work. A walking tour offered through Magombe Swamp has proved a sustainable income-generating project while also providing a platform for the protection of a valuable wetland and its unique endemic species. Music, dance and drama are performed at community schools to promote public awareness of local environmental and cultural values.

2010 - CORDAID 2010 HIV and AIDS award for sexual and reproductive Health for women living with HIV as the Best Community based organization

Won by: Ntankah Village Women Common Initiative Group

2010 - Century International Quality ERA Award

Won by Hai Beekeeping Cooperative Society (HABECO). Project supported production and sale of honey which is a non timber forest product for biodiversity conservation around Mt. Kilimanjaro forest reserve.

2010 - Atabey Sustainable Ecotourism Award

Won by Complejo Ecoturístico Sonido del Yaque Development o a ecotourism Enterprise managed by women with a Strong commitment with natural resource conservation.

2010 - Abraham Conservation Award - Institutional Category

As the first 'community-managed vulture restaurant in the world', Jatayu Restaurant Management Committee has become a success story to be replicated in many other sites. While the numbers of vultures have plummeted alarmingly in the past decade in South Asia, this committee has not only halted the decline but also increased the vulture population locally. An 'old cows' home is maintained by the committee and cows that die are left out for the vultures to feed on. The average number of vulture arriving per feed has increased from 82 in 2002 to 116 in 2009. This model is being replicated in other sites in Nepal and in India and Pakistan as well. The community has co-funded many conservation efforts as they have benefited immensely. The Jatayu Restaurant attracts tourists and researchers alike who are provided with home stays, and local nature guides also get an opportunity to earn an income. The basis of the project was used for developing the in-situ conservation plan of Government of Nepal's Vulture Conservation Action Plan for Nepal 2009-2013. Jatayu Restaurant Management Committee, Repandehi (Replicated through CEPF)

The committee was established to conserve critically endangered species of vultures with the participation of the local people. Their greatest achievement has been to have changed people's perception towards vultures from a sign of bad luck to that of an important creature helping us keep our environment clean. There has been an increment of vulture nests from 17 in 2008 to 25 in 2010. Awareness level regarding the ecological importance of vulture and factors posing threat to their population has increased among the local people, especially among students and those of veterinary professions. The local people have benefited with various livelihood and capacity enhancement trainings. In a short period of time, the restaurant has been able to attract the attention and participation of local people in conservation and has led to some important achievements in vulture conservation.

2009 - Water Resources Management by Communities Award from the Hydro and Agro Informatics Institute, a public organization

Won by Baan (village) Pha Chan, Ubonratchathani Province. The village which is one of the targeted villages of the 2 proponents received the 1st price of this award organized by the HAII. Community members of this village devised an apparatus to conserve energy in water electric pump. Villages that Learn.

2009 - Top 100 of Handicrafts from SEBRAE

The Brazilian Support Agency for Micro and Small Enterprises recognizes important handicraft initiatives all over the country. In this opportunity SGP grantee CEPPEC - Cerrado Capacity-Building, Production, and Research Center received the award.

2009 - Small Cultural Events Award

For turning the Sepé Tiarajú settlement into a pole of Cerrado preservation by the plantation of seedlings of several native species in Agroforests and permanent preservation areas of the Settlement and carrying out capacity-building activities.

2009 - Ryutaro Hashimoto APFED Awards

Peekay Tree Corps Development Foundation (PTCDF), Kerala a SGP partner received the silver prize of Ryutaro Hashimoto APFED Awards, in July 2009.The award conferred to PTCDF is in recognition of the activities being promoted since 2004 under the GEF UNDP Small Grants Programme which supported the project "Promoting Coconut-Based Agro-ecosystem and Efficient Product Utilization for Augmenting On-Farm Income, Improving Quality of Environment and Conserving Natural Resources" The project is now operational in eight villages in Kerala having a combined geographical area of 107.74 sq.kms.The Ryutaro Hashimoto APFED Awards for Good Practices (GPs) aim at promoting information dissemination of good practices towards sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific. The initiative collects lessons and experiences from innovative activities implemented in the region in order to promote sustainable development and share knowledge and wisdom with other stakeholders concerned. Visit APFED.

2009 - reen Globe Award of the 72 Golden Jubilee Initiative by the Petroleum Authority of Thailand

Won by Mr. Phairoj Chuwongsakorn, Project member, Nakhornsithamarat Province. This project member turned 2.5 acres of his field into a family forest garden with over 200 native plant of nutritious and medicinal species , with a catchphrase " grow what you eat, eat what you grow".The practice was replicated to cover over 200 families in Park Phanang Basin in Nakhornsithammarat Province.

2009 - Premio Otorgado por la Universidad de Granma

Won by Apoyo a la Proteccion del Ecosistema de Montana y la Economia Local en la Comunidad de Victorino. Resultado aplicado más útil para el Medio Ambiente.

2009 - Mountain Development Award

Government of Nepal awarded Namsaling Community Development Centre (NCDC) with Mountain Development Award-2009. for their outstanding contribution in Mountain development and disaster risk reduction.

2009 - Jeune Chambre International (JCI) Best Environmental Project Award to JCI Port Louis

Won by Project “ Sensation Nature- Promoting Eco Tourism through the marking of selected nature trails”

Mauritius is renowned for its endless white sandy beaches, turquoise lagoons and golden sun. Yet the island holds further less known natural treasures that can be enjoyed by its residents and tourists.

2009 - Indira Priyadarshini Vriksha Mitra Award

The SGP partner WOMEN ORGANISATION FOR SOCIO CULTURAL AWARENESS (WOSCA) has been awarded with Indira Priyadarshini Vriksha Mitra Award .The partner is currently implementing the SGP project titled "Replication of Sustainable Development Among Tribals Through Participatory Bio-Diversity Conservation Programme at 13 Gram Panchayat of Sadar and Ghatagaon block of Keonjhar District, ORISSA" The award will be presented on 19th November 2009 at New Delhi. A supporting document is attached for your reference. Indira Priyadarshini Vrikshamitra Awards are given to individuals and institutions who have done pioneering and exemplary work in the field of afforestation and wasteland development. A cash award of Rupees Two lakh fifty thousand is presented to individuals/institutions in four catergories.

2009 - HSBC Institute of Solidarity Award

HSBC awarded CEPPEC - Cerrado Capacity-Building, Production, and Research Center, an SGP grantee, for their important social initiatives.

2009 - Environment Conservation Award

Mr. Vijaya Shrestha, Team Leader of Dolphin Conservation Centre, an SGP grantee, along with Environment Preservation Forum jointly won the prestigious Environment Conservation Award 2009 of Nepal.

2009 - Ecology and Environment Award

SGP grantee ECOA - Ecology and Action received this award from the Municipal Chamber for their environment initiatives.

2009 - Distinction at the “Feria Mundial de Municipios y Salud: Derechos, Ciudadanía y Gestión Local Integrada para el Desarrollo” in Buenos Aires, Argentina

SGP grantee "Asociación de Fomento y Desarrollo de Pueblo Aznárez (AFODEPA)" that carries out a SGP project called "Hacia una comunidad turística productiva y saludable" received this prize by the Argentinian Ministry of Health. The main objective of the project is to improve the quality of life of the villagers through sustainable production and eco tourism.

2009 - Business Responsibility Certification

A Minas Gerais state program that identifies companies investing in economic development of Vale do Jequitinhonha, Mucuri and North regions of the state awarded SGP grantee Japonvar Cooperative.

2009 - Brugal Cree en su Gente Award In Defense and Enviromental protection

The action launched for reef check protection and lobster production in Las Caletas National Park.

2009 - Atabey Sustainable Ecotourism Award

Won by Grupo de Guia Ecoturisticos Damajagua for the de development of a system of co-management in the 27 Charco Natural Monument to with participation of local community through a ecotourism micro enterprise.

2009 - Ashoka Senior Fellowship Award

Ashoka Senior Fellowship Award - Mr. Bibhu Mohanty received the Ashoka Fellowship award in September 2009.Mr. Mohanty is heading the NGO Sambandh who is one of the SGP partner and is currently carrying out the promotion of organic farming and conservation of biodiversity in OrissaAshoka invests in people. We search the world for leading social entrepreneurs and at the launch stage, provide these entrepreneurs—Ashoka Fellows—a living stipend for an average of three years, allowing them to focus full-time on building their institutions and spreading their ideas. We also provide our Fellows with a global support network of their peers and partnerships with professional consultants. Once elected to the Ashoka Fellowship, Fellows benefit from this community for life.

2008 - Women's Empowerment UN Red Ribbon Award

Ntankah Village Women Common Initiative Group brings a gender and development approach to the HIV response in rural communities in the Northwest Province of Cameroon. The group provides culturally sensitive prevention programs that promote understanding and encourage HIV positive women to give live testimonies regarding their status. The group's Mother Center is an entry point and resource center that assists widows, orphans and other children vulnerable as a result of AIDS. The center trains members to administer home- based care, and has also organized paralegal watchdog groups that document widows' rights violations. Local-to-local dialogues have convinced traditional leaders to admit women into the formerly exclusive male traditional councils, empowered women to run in municipal elections, and placed women's issues on the development and political agenda. View the UN Red Ribbon Award.

2008 - Tourism for Tomorrow award, "Investor in People" category, World Tourism & Travel Council (WTTC)

La Ruta Moskitia located in Rio Plátano Biosphere Reserve in Honduras, has been honored with the highly coveted 2008 - Tourism for Tomorrow award, "Investor in People" category, World Tourism & Travel Council (WTTC).

2008 - Seed Award

Himalayan Oregano oil won one of the five 2008 SEED Awards for its potential to improve health and secure alternative livelihood for herb collectors otherwise engaged in destructive extraction of endangered species medicinal plant. Biolaya Organics and Jagriti ( a NGO partner of SGP India) are the lead partners of the project. Additional supporters include University of West England, Bristol, GB Pant Institute of the Himalayan Environment and Development and SGS India. Jagriti is currently implementing a project which aims to provide benefits to remote mountain communities through sustainable collection of wild oregano and distillation of its essential oil thereby reducing pressure on collection of medicinal plant species threatened in the wild. Sound research on efficacy of Himalayan oregano oil and sustainable collection practices will form key basis for developing fair trade product. The main activities of the proposed project includes scientific research, implementation of Wild Harvest Management Plan, setting up of oil distillation unit, capacity building and skill development and developing marketing strategy with demonstrated effectiveness. View SEED Initiative.

2008 - National NGO Award

Won by: SGP Pilot Project for Rehabilitation of Marine Resources of the Persian Gulf in Salakh Region

"Most Outstanding NGO Award" in the field of Environment organised by the Mauritius Council of Social Service (MACOSS), Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity and Senior Citizens Welfare and Reform Institutions. 5th December 2008 - EPCO won the 1st prize for the National NGO Award 2008 in the field of ENVIRONMENT, organised by the Mauritius Council of Social Service (MACOSS), Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity and Senior Citizens Welfare and Reform Institutions. Award Attributed on International Volunteers Day.

2008 - Father José Ten Cate Award

This Human Rights Award from the Legislative Assembly of Mato Grosso State was given to SGP grantee Federation of Social and Educational Institutes for Social Assistance - FASE – MT.

2008 - Equator Initiative Award

SGP grantee The Fédération Régionale des Groupements de Promotion Féminine (FRGPF) (Regional Federation of Women's Advancement Groups Ziguinchor), represented by Ms Sadio Thioune SEYDY received the award for its work to promote and maintain a sustainable oyster industry while preserving the region's many important species.

2008 - Equator Initiative Award

The Sri Lanka Community Development Centre, an SGP grantee, received the Equator Prize for its work to preserve, conserve, and expand the cultivation of indigenous root and tuber crops and promote the sharing of direct and indirect benefits, generate livelihoods, and facilitate the exchange of knowledge through seed banks.

2008 - Equator Initiative Award

The Asociación de Artesanas de Arbolsol y Huaca de Barro del distrito de Mórrope was one of the winners of the 2008 Equator Initiative Awards. The Asociación was Founded by local women in 2003.  The group has worked to recover traditional methods of cotton production that are environmentally responsible and to create positive socio-economic change in the region. The association oversees the planting and harvesting of native cotton varieties using only pesticides from natural sources. In addition to cotton production, the association has been active in managing water resources. Traditional colours of native cotton have been recovered, water resources have been cleaned as a result of better management, and organic cotton is produced for local markets. The group, which began as a women's organization, has now expanded to include the whole community.

2008 - Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Award

SGP partner Dalit Sangh was awarded with Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Award of Rs 500,000 by Madhya Pradesh Government for the year 2006-2007 for its best services rendered to the society. The award was presented on 14th April 2008 on the Ambedkar Jayanti to Dalit Sangh. Dalit Sangh is working with the Pardhi Community in the area of Biodiversity conservation. They are working on the project titled "To Ensure Biodiversity Conservation through promoting traditional skill based livelihoods for the Pardhi Tribes".

2008 - Brazil Values Award (Bank of Brazil 200 years)

2008 Brazil Values Award (Bank of Brazil 200 years) – SGP grantee ECOA - Ecology and Action received the Brazil Values Award which acknowledges projects or organizations that stimulate social and economic development of the country and promote the culture of sustainability and social and environmental responsibility.

2008 - Beautiful Forest – Clean Water Award from the CSR programme of the Siam Commercial Bank Ltd.

Won by: 

  • CBO Network for Conservation and Rehabilitation of Phu Pha Deang Forest
  • Petchabun Province, Dong Na Tharm Community Forest Network, Ubonratchathani Province
  • Lahorkkrasang Forest and Environment Conservation Network, Burirum Province
  • Phu Wiang Youth and Disables Development Association, Khonkaen Province
  • Par Dong Nong Iad Forest Conservation and Restoration Group, Roi-et Province

These SGP projects applied as candidates for the awards and were selected to receive honorary certificates based on past performance (under SGP support) and planned activities to use the monetary award effectively.

2008 - Award in the National Competition “A good tourism business idea” from the Panamanian Ministry of Tourism (IPAT), and the Medium, Small & Micro Business Authority (AMPYME) of the Ministry of Commerce & Industry

Award conferred to Grupo Ecologico Las Macanas (GEMA)  for the SGP Eco Tourism Project "La Matita Aislada" in Las Macanas Wetlands, Panama.

2008 - Asian Scientific and Technical Awards of WASWC

Mr.Aman Singh from Krapavis was awarded the Asian Scientific and Technical Awards of WASWC  in November 2008, instituted by the TOKYO UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE Japan. Krapavis is the NGO partner of SGP India working on conservation of biodiversity and water conservation through the project named "Advocacy Programme for Restoration of Orans Through Community Actions for Local Biodiversity Impacting Local Favorable Policies and Community Livelihoods". Their main focus is to conserve and revive the traditional sacred groves and community forests. Their announcement reads "Asian Technical Award goes to Mr. Aman Singh (India) under the title "Oran; A traditional system/ technology for Permanent solution of water scarcity & environment degradation". Asian Technical Award is given to scientist, engineer, constructor and farmer etc. who has excellent technical achievements in the field of soil and water conservation. The Government of Rajasthan/ Forest Department has recognized work of Krapavis for plantation in Orans, and has awarded Krapavis as "Vraksha Vardhak Puruskar" of the year 2008-09. The President of the "Oran Forum" Prof. P.P. Bakre was also been invited by the honourable Governor of Rajasthan to prepare and submit an action plan for the betterment of Orans in Rajasthan. This has come great break through at policy level, due to the project efforts.

2008 - 80 Golden Jubilee Community Energy Plan Award

16 villages in Tambol Ta Ong, Surin Province. Tambol (sub-district) Ta Ong , targeted community of the project, was one among 79 other communities throughout the country to receive honorary certificate from the Ministry of Energy for its community energy plan.

2007 - The Nehru Yuvak Kendra appreciation award

Won by New Junoon Khel Yuvak Kalyan Aiwam Samaj Kalyan Samiti. Human Development Stock Exchange (HDSX) Forum, UNDP, New York invited C-Dot to replicate this program in Sri Lanka with their support as a model program. C-Dot identified a NGO called NESDO based in Sainthamaruth of Eastern Province of Sri Lanka and is going to start the capacity building program.

2007 - Project selected to be replicated by the Knowledge Sharing Workshop organized on the South-South Grants Facility at Colobmo, Sri Lanka from 6-9 September 2007

THE Covenant Center for Development (CCD) is an SGP partner is a community based organisation working in the Chennai Coastal area. After the Tsunami C-Dot was identified and selected to implement a project of "Empowering Women through the Start of a Value Added Fish Product Unit at Royapuram and capacity building at Thiruvanmiur Kuppam" with the support of GEF UNDP Small Grants Program. After the successful implementation of the project a Knowledge Sharing Workshop was organized on the South-South Grants Facility at Colobmo, Sri Lanka from 6-9 September 2007. During the workshop, the project of C-Dot was selected as one of the best practices and it was decided that it could be replicated in other needed area.

2007 - Green Globe Award of the 72 Golden Jubilee Initiative by the Petroleum Authority of Thailand

Dong Na Tham Community Forest Network, Ubonratchathani Province. The network was a model of building community capacity in 36 villages to oversee community forest of over 8,000 ha , to use community-based research to address mono-plantation and water management issue. Moreover, the project promote youth roles in local administration aiming to push through environment policy and local education curriculum.

2007 - Conservation of water and watershed management, which contributed to increased water supply, crop production and improved livelihoods

Won by Amani Nature Reserve. Conservation of globally significant biodiversity through supporting alternative livelihood activities for nature reserve adjacent local communities.

2007 - Best Practices Competition in Sustainable Development of Central Asia

The project works in conservation and rehabilitation of habitat of reptiles (Central Asian Tortoise) included in The Red Book of Kyrgyzstan. The community based organization Jamaat "Aichurok" is leading the project. So far the project results in biodiversity are that 50 hectares with mating places in the center are protected by the community itself, which in turn has started the rehabilitation of natural wood and grass vegetation, increased the birds population and reduced the risk of fires.

2006 - Kailali Festival recognition

During the Kailali Festival, District festival organised by Kailali Chambers of Commerce, Prime Minister Mr. Sher Bahadur Deuba recognized Mr. Bhoj Raj Shrestha, President of Dolphin Conservation Centre, an SGP grantee for his outstanding contribution in conserving biodiversity especially forest habitat, birds and dolphin.

2006 - Equator Initiative Award

Won by Cooperativa de Producción Pesquera Sociedad "Pescadores de Vigía Chico y Cozumel": Esta asociación de cooperativas de pescadores promueve y practica métodos sostenibles de pesca de la langosta en la Reserva de la Biosfera de Sian Ka'an.

2006 - Equator Initiative Award

Won by Turismo Comunitario Sian Ka'an, S de R. L. (Community Tours Sian Ka'an): Organización de base  comunidad que vincula las actividades turísticas alternativas de tres cooperativas mayas en la Reserva de la Biosfera de Sian Ka'an. Regula la afluencia de turistas y la calidad  de los servicios que se prestan. Han logrado incrementar en 40% los ingresos de la comunidad y reducido el impacto del turismo en los ecosistemas utilizados.

2006 - Arab Gulf Programme for United Nations Development Organizations-AGFUND Prize

Arab Gulf Programme for United Nations Development Organizations-AGFUND Prize – The Award was given to Shoals Rodrigues Association for the GEF SGP project Sustainable Reef Fisheries Development in the Rodrigues Lagoon, which aims to ensure the sustainability of fish stocks in the Rodrigues lagoon and reef habitats.

2006 - Zayed International Prize for the Environment

Cropper Foundation, an SGP grantee in Trinidad and Tobago won the prestigious prize. Mrs. Angela Cropper, co-founder and president of the Cropper Foundation, won the 2006 category for Environment Action Leading to Positive Change in Society. SGP Trinidad and Tobago and the Cropper Foundation have also supported the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment which won the category for Scientific and or Technological Achievements in Environment.

2005 - World Bank (Development Market Place – Recognition Award 2005.) – “Lets Protect our forest and Earn from it together”

The project A Community Endeavour for Bio-conservation and Employment Generation in Uttaranchal from the NGO SFCID was recognised for Developing a Demonstration Centre on bamboo and natural fiber in Pipalkoti, with the Support of Uttaranchal Bamboo and Fiber Development Board, Government of Uttarakhand (GOU). Also institutionalizing the women self help groups into 2 federations. Alaknanda Ghaati Shilpi Federation ( AGSF) having nearly 85 artisans as members to start the program and MNREGA Scheme in Block Joshimath and Dasholi of Chamoli Garhwal, the Villages are – Malli Tangani, Laanji Pokhani and Kiruli with more than 400 members. Folk media campaign for spreading the message for bamboo and fiber promotion in 60 villages, with the support of Sir Ratan Tata Trust, Mumbai. A series of skill development trainings, conducted by eminent designers, with support from Uttraranchal Bamboo and Fiber Development Board. GOUA.

2005 - Green Globe Award of the 72 Golden Jubilee Initiative by the Petroleum Authority of Thailand

Won by Children-for-Bird Conservation Club, Chaiyaphum Province. The project was up-scaled to cover 19 community schools who applied natural learning process and used birds as a flagship for conservation of forest and mitigation of global warming. It was found that if children were fond of birds, the children would be the same for forest.

2005 - Grand Prix of the President of the Republic of Senegal

Three SGP projects won awards during the Grand Prix of the President of the Republic of Senegal.

  • 1st Prize: SEN/03/10 - Projet de Promotion d'une Gestion Communautaire intégrée et Durable de l'écosystème de Mangrove dans la région de Ziguinchor.
  • 3rd Prize: SEN/95/02 - Renforcement du projet de Restauration et de Conservation de la Biodiversité dans la Réserve Naturelle de Poponguine par un groupement de femmes.
  • 10th Prize: SEN/98/G12 - Projet de Restauration de l'Ecosystème de Mangrove dans la zone de Fimela-Djilor-Simal
2005 - Global 100 Eco-Tech Award

Won by Amani Nature Reserve. Conservation of globally significant biodiversity through supporting alternative livelihood activities for nature reserve adjacent local communities.

2004 - Deuda Award

Prime Minister Mr Sher Bahadur Deuda presenting the award to Gopal Raj Sherchan, NC Nepal for the continuous contribution for biodiveristy conservation.

2003 - World Environment Day, 2nd Best Community Project

Amis de Chamarel, an SGP grantee won this award for the Project "Community Tourism & Organic farming at Chamarel". Chamarel is a small agricultural village situated in the mountainous region south west of Mauritius. Though access is quite difficult by car, Chamarel is well known for its coloured earth and historical aspects related to slavery, and green tourism.

2002 - UNDP Poverty Award

UNDP awarded the Fundacion Ayacara's Pablo Sandor for its work with communities to achieve sustainable economic development without damaging the environment.

2002 - Premio a la Productividad

A Prize sponsored by the World Bank and the SOROS Foundation in Guatemala (Asociacion de Desarrollo Agropecuario y Artesanal de La Guadalupana y Asociacion Ak'Tenamit).

2002 - Ministry of Agriculture Renewable Natural Resources National Exhibition

Monpa Selvwai Yoeser Tshogpa (MSYT) won the award for Cane and Bamboo Management in Black Mountain National Park, and Shingneer Watershed Management.

2002 - Equator Initiative Award 'World Heritage Site'

A collaborative partnership of three community-focused organizations - ANAI*, APPTA**, and CBTC*** - the Talamanca Initiative has worked since 1983 to integrate biodiversity conservation and socio-economic development in the Talamanca region of Costa Rica. The initiative's biodiversity conservation efforts include establishment of Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge, a last sanctuary for the endangered Manatee, and development of Central America's only permanent raptor migration monitoring program. To encourage sustainable socio-economic development, the initiative has promoted crop diversification and organic agriculture, with APPTA's processing system becoming the largest volume producer and exporter of organic products in Central America. Since 1991, the initiative has also run a Regional Training Center and has helped establish 13 local ecotourism ventures. As an example of the gains that have been made through the initiative's work, scientific research, conservation and ecotourism have become the main economic activity in the village of Gandoca, generating 6 times the income previously produced through the poaching of turtle eggs. Through the Talamanca Initiative's work, communities have been able to engage in sustainable income generating pursuits that also work to protect their natural environment. View the Award.

2002 - Dubai Award for Best Practices in Improving the Living
2001 - Jeune Chambre International World Award for Best Community Project in 2001

Won by Jeune Chambre Economique of Quatre Bornes

This project aims at the cultivation of indigenous/endemic medicinal plants at Britannia Government School. It is a project which involves the community for the children of Britannia Government School as well as the villagers.

2001 - Jeune Chambre Africa Region Award for Best Community Project

Won by Jeune Chambre Economique of Quatre Bornes

This project aims at the cultivation of indigenous/endemic medicinal plants at Britannia Government School. It is a project which involves the community for the children of Britannia Government School as well as the villagers.

2001 - Ford Motor Company Environmental Awards, First Prize

First Prize, Pronatura for Conservation of White Stork project); Second Prize , Association of Friends of Lower Vistula, Landscape Park and Mazovian Association for Fauna Protection; Third Prize, Green Federation Gaja Szczecin.

2000 - Green Globe Award of the 72 Golden Jubilee Initiative by the Petroleum Authority of Thailand

Won by Asian Open-Billed and Environmental Conservation Club, Pathumthani Province. Starting with conservation of this bird species, the club was expanded in to a wider network of conservation comprising 10 schools and communities groups in the province ,such as Khlong Nueng Concern Group, Klong Luang Conservation Group, Khlong Kwang Bon Concern Group ,and Wat Sadet Concern Group.

1999 - Le deuxième Grand Prix du Président de la République pour la protection de la nature et de l’environnement

Won by Club Jeunes Sciences Hammam Lif

1998 - 3eme prix Grand Prix du Président de la République pour la protection de la nature et de l'environnement

Won by ATPNE Tunis

1998 - 1998 Dubai International Award for Best Practices in Improving the Living Environment

Won by Mr. Ian Gordon and Mr. Washington Ayiemba; Kipepeo Project, Arabuko-Sokoke Forest. The purpose of the project is to link conservation and development through sustainable utilisation of butterflies in support of a globally important forest. Arabuko-Sokoke Forest on Kenya''s north coast is an island of unique biodiversity in a sea of human poverty. It harbours six globally threatened bird species, four threatened mammals and unknown numbers of other threatened species. View the Award.

1997 - 3eme prix Grand Prix du Président de la République pour la protection de la nature et de l'environnement

Won by APNES Sfax

1995 - 3eme prix Grand Prix du Président de la République pour la protection de la nature et de l'environnement

Won by ARSEN Kef

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Mr. Terence Hay-Edie
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