Climate Change Mitigation

The effects of climate change undermine development efforts and most severely impact the poor, who are relying on natural resources for their livelihoods. In order to actively cope with these challenges, the GEF SGP helps countries to mitigate the negative effects of the Climate Change and to contribute to the overall objectives of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

GEF SGP supports community and non-governmental organizations in providing access to clean energy, sustainable transport, improving energy efficiency and land use practices. In addition to reducing emission and achieving global environmental benefits, GEF SGP climate change interventions help develop capacity of local communities and improve their livelihoods, empowering them to become more resilient to severe climate events and variability.

The projects in GEF SGP climate change portfolio include the following initiatives:

  • Cost-effective renewable energy such as solar panels, solar heaters, micro hydropower plants, biodigestors and biomass generators.
  • Energy efficient technologies for houses, buildings, and industry, including fuel wood-efficient stoves.
  • Local sustainable transport solutions promoting mass transit, non-motorized transport, emissions monitoring and reduction, and liquid bio-fuels.
  • Carbon storage, such as reforestation, cultivation and compost creation initiatives.
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Climate Change Mitigation Snapshot (Since 1992)
# of Projects 4854
Total Grant Amount US$ 143,083,990
Total cash Co-Financing US$ 93,769,409
Total In-Kind Co-Financing US$ 88,070,365

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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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This publication showcases over 10 case studies from our climate change portfolio in which youth have played a l,eading role. These projects can serve as a source of inspiration for expanding engagement with youth in addressing climate change. Employing a range of tools, young people have led and promoted the use of renewable energies, carbon footprint mapping, tree planting, disaster risk reduction measures, as well as communicated the urgency of taking action on climate change through environmental awareness raising events. In this process universities, schools, research organizations, media and government departments have played a critical role in partnering with youth organizations and scaling up their efforts.

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Case Studies
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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 to encourage communities to transition from firewood to solar energy powered water heaters. One such
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Located in the mountain range of Apante Hill, a protected area, five communities carried out a project to address local deforestation and land degradation. The main strategies were the introduction of an eco-stove that requires less firewood and training in improved agricultural practices. The proje
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Mekhe Solar Cooker - Senegal ( Friday, 07 March 2014 )
The project aimed to create a model for the sustainable use of renewable energy and regeneration of plant resources. The overall goal was to preserve vegetation through reforestation and the use of solar energy as an alternative to firewood. The project, which was implemented by the Ndiop
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Educational Toys ( Wednesday, 16 May 2012 )
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Biofuel Production in Ghana ( Wednesday, 16 May 2012 )
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June 2014 - Equator Prize 2014

The receiver of this Award is SGP grantee partner Jeffrey Town Farmers' Association.

Jeffrey Town Farmers' Association has implemented the GEF SGP funded projects JAM/SGP/OP5/1/CORE/CC/11/04 and JAM/OP4/1/CORE/07/01

2015 - Gender and Climate Change Award

SGP grantee partner Association Pour L’Education des Enfants Defavorisés (APEDED) is the receiver of this national Award.

Association Pour L’Education des Enfants Defavorisés (APEDED) has implemented the GEFG SGP funded project MAR/SGP/OP5/YR2/CORE/CC/12/01

2012 - Veera Rani Kittur Chenamma Govt of India-Karnataka State Award

Our GEF SGP NGO Partner, Paripoorna has been awarded "Veera Rani Kittur Chenamma (Govt of India-Karnataka State Award) for the year 2011-2012". The award was given on 8 March 2012 (The International Women's Day, as it is a women-led NGO) by the Hon'ble Chief Minister of Karantaka, Mr. D V Sadananadagouda, at Bangalore for the excellent work done in Social Service sector. This is was achieved by the NGO promoting women self help groups as small, informal institutions to install energy efficient devices for making puffed rice. The devices are based on the modern technology of gassifiers.

2012 - UNFCCC Momentum for Change

SGP project on Introduction of Electric Vehicles to Sri Lanka was selected as one of the winners of the UNFCCC Momentum for Change: Lighthouse Activities, and presented at the UNFCCC COP18, Doha, December 2012

2012 - Selected by GEF for a presentation in the Economic Forum of Montreal on June 12

Won by Comite de Salud de Agua Fria.

2012 - Prize by the apex bank for rural credit National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD)

Yet another GEF SGP Grantee partner (IBTADA, based at Alwar, Rajasthan has been awarded the Prize by the apex bank for rural credit National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), for bringing linkages of women Self Help Groups (SHGs) to the NABARD bank under their Bank Linkage Program for the year 2010-11.

This is a scaling-up project on animal husbandry and empowering women through credit, and linking them with alternate fuels (biogas) to save fire-wood. 731 new buffaloes have been purchased with the funds mobilized through banks (one animal by each of the 731 members of the women SHGs), and 40 biogas plants have been constructed in 40 households of 15 villages resulting into a saving of 187,390 kgs of fuel wood during the last three years and nearly 341 MTs of CO2 emissions checked.

The award has been given to IBTADA as it has covered about 60 women SHGs in 35 villages under the GEF/UNDP SGP program. These SHGs started their activities merely by involving themselves in savings and credit. With the SGP funding linked, the SHG members got involved in better livestock rearing and improved agricultural practices which enhanced their incomes by 40-60% per household. This helped in improving the status of women in their families and their confidence and self-esteem also got enhanced. All the 60 SHGs have now cumulative savings of Rs.81, 50, 000 (roughly US $155,000) and have mobilized bank loans to the tune of Rs.2.16 crores (roughly US $ 412,000). The NGO with all this has nearly had a co financing in the project of USD 610,000.

In addition to many activities undertaken under the project, 16 women were trained as para-vets (named as "pashu sakhies"). Building on the results and the positive experiences, the NGO scaled up this activity through other funding sources and have now trained about 80 women (Pashu Sakhies). These women provide vaccination, de-worming, fodder seeds, and first-aid services to the community's livestock in their own as well as the adjoining villages. Eight 'Pashu Sakies' have set up shops and they keep calcium, salt, feed, mineral mixture and other materials for livestock. Nearly Rs 15,000-19,000 sale takes place in each shop per month, giving a new status to the women in the program.

2012 - Energy Globe National Award of Romania

Won by Terra Mileniul III Foundation. The project "Sustainable use of biomass for energy purposes", implemented between January 2010 – March 2011, capitalized on biomass derived from agricultural waste in Vlad Tepes village, Calarasi county. The project implemented a sustainable solution for heating (briquetting installation, 200 tones of briquettes produced annually) in a pilot location with due consideration to continuity by involving local authorities and private sector in the process. The project also laid the grounds for reaching a multiplier effect in the community, by raising awareness and interest in using renewable energies (straw) as a way to fight climate change effects (6 public buildings and 100 household heated with the briquettes), ensuring demand for energy produced out of vegetable biomass, and involving the community itself in making decisions to increase the weight of renewable energy use at local level.

2012 - Earth Day Network

Ms. Chandra Kala Chauhan is Director of the NGO Chattarsal Seva Sansthan. Started with five villages of Khudoli, Thapla, Mori, Doba and Pali in Almora district of Uttaranchal, where Ms. Chauhan works, to reduce the loss of bio-diversity, decrease in land fertility, erosion, and over exploitation of forests for fuel and fodder which is making the once self-sufficient economies of the area increasingly un-productive has now spread to benefit more than 500 women in 25 neighboring villages.

Ms. Chauhan leads the GEF/UNDP Small Grants Program supported Chattrasal Seva Sansthan's project on "The Promotion of Community-led approaches towards Non-Conventional Energy Resources". For over eight years Ms. Chauhan with support from Lt Ravindera Chauhan and her team members has worked tirelessly to help local communities to minimize the dependence on forest resources, by building awareness about the need to shift from fossil fuels to other energy sources. She has helped en route and built resilient communities for better livelihoods through milk production and business approaches. Earth Day Network commended Ms. Chauhan's efforts for the planet and for humankind.

2012 - Earth Day Network

Ms. Beguma is an untiring volunteer with Jagriti, a women-centered NGO for the last 7 years that works in the tribal, hilly and remote areas in Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh. Ms, Beguma has relentlessly encouraged women to get together, form local networks, and link the women into local institutions, and further to banks. She has linked the women first time in the area to banks. Today more than 1500 women in the area have personal bank accounts, and involved in regular savings. With the support from the GEF UNDP Small Grants Program through CEE, she has introduced simple technologies mitigating climate change effects e.g. solar driers, energy efficient water heaters, and energy efficient cook stoves, protection of high altitude species of medicinal plants and livelihood development projects for women in the harsh cold climates, which have no motor able roads to them. Ms. Beguma, also helps with program on gender budgeting, rejuvenating the apricot, and peach plantations in villages and in bringing together women to lobby for environmental issues. Earth Day Network commended Ms. Beguma's efforts for the planet and for humankind.

2011 - ‘1st Runners Up’ for Outstanding Annual Report

IBTADA has been awarded '1st Runners Up' for Outstanding Annual Report in medium category (50 lakhs to 5 crores) by CSO partners Forum in India. The award counts a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh.

It may be noted that the award have been selected by the panel of jury on review of accounting practices adopted by the participating enterprises in the preparation of their financial statements, disclosures and communication practices in their published annual report. How the information documented for the GEF/UNDP SGP projects was taken as a best practice. Accordingly, the awards signify that the practices followed by IBTADA in the respective projects, community level institutional frameworks, development of the concerned enterprise in the form of the livestock units-dairy by the NGO were seen as innovative examples. All these along with many small scale enterprises started with support from GEF UNDP, SGP amongst the enterprises that have participated in the competition. The award ceremony was held on 9th April 11 at IHC Delhi.

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 - UNEP Sasakawa Prize to MDI-NEPAL

2010-11 Sasakawa Prize winners bring Forest Management and Sustainable Development to Rural Communities in Latin America and Asia

Nairobi (Kenya), 23 February 2011 - Two projects conserving forests and promoting sustainable development in remote rural communities of Latin America and Asia are the laureates of the 2010-11 UNEP Sasakawa Prize, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced today.

The Asociación Forestal Integral San Andrés, Petén (AFISAP) in Guatemala and the Manahari Development Institute in Nepal (MDI-Nepal) are the co-winners of this year's award around the theme "Forests for People, Forests for Green Growth" in support of the 2010-11 International Year of the Forests.

The theme highlights the central role of forests in the pursuit of a global Green Economy as key economic resources whose real value has all too often been excluded in national accounts of profit and loss. Estimates from The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) indicate that deforestation and forest degradation are likely costing the global economy between US$2.5 and US$4.5 trillion a year, more than the losses of the recent and ongoing financial crisis.

Both co-winners met a majority of the criteria outlined by the theme. Specifically:

  • Promoting the conservation and sustainable management of forests;
  • Contributing to a meaningful reduction in carbon emissions caused by deforestation and forest degradation;
  • Maintaining forest ecosystems to improve resilience to climate change;
  • Supporting pro-poor development, especially among forest-dependent communities;
  • Conserving biodiversity and helping secure ecosystem services. 
2011 - SEED Award

SGP grantees Women Environment Protection Committee (WEPCO), a community based organization run by volunteer household women has become winner of the 2011 SEED Gender Equality Award.

The "Solid Waste Management and Community Mobilization Program" is a SGP funded waste collection and recycling initiative of over 1,000 households and businesses and is run by a women's environment committee and supported by a local municipality. Under the initiative, landfill waste is reduced via recycling and biogas plants are fueled by organic waste on which training is provided. A savings and credit cooperative has also been established to mobilize loans to 150 female members.

2011 - SEED Award

Sustainable Research and Action for Environmental Development (SRADev Nigeria) implemented a 12-month pilot project "IMPROVING HEALTH, ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUS OF POOR PEOPLE ASSOCIATED WITH SAW DUST OCCUPATIONS IN LAGOS, NIGERIA" in 2010 on Okobaba sawdust waste-to-wealth. SRADev Nigeria's recent feasibility study revealed that conversion of sawdust to consumer products in Nigeria is technically feasible, commercially viable, and financially profitable but the potential yet to be tapped due to lack of awareness and capacity. The broad aim of the pilot project is: "to support Lagos sawmill workers (Oko-baba cooperatives) to reduce pollution and health problems arising from sawdust combustion by building local capacity to utilize sawdust for briquettes, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions while enhancing quality of life and public health". The major component of the project are sensitization and awareness raising among sawmill workers, host community and the public on the dangers of burning saw dusts and capacity building to convert waste sawdust to briquettes.

This pioneer community based eco-business project is the first of its kind in the country. The project which reaffirms "thinking globally and acting locally" of GEF-SGP provides practical solution to the problems of sawdust incineration among the poor living close to sawmill. The project used simple technology to convert waste sawdust to briquette with locally fabricated machinery and build local workforce to collect and utilize local materials to produce inexpensive but efficient alternative to fuelwood. It is envisaged that about 8,000 jobs will be created and 92% reduction in amount of sawdust incinerated and health of this vulnerable people will improve after 5 years of operation in Nigeria. View Award.

2011 - SEED Award

The SEED initiative Award was won by Mooi River Waste Recycling which is a community based organization that resulted from a GEF-SGP supported capacity building project by Groundwork Trust, titled Improved Environmental Governance through Civil Society Participation. The activities supported by the SGP funding specifically focused on the groundWork Air Quality and Waste Programme. The award winning project on Waste Recycling, was one of those activities resulting from the Capacity building from the SGP- funded project implemented by groundWork. groundWork focus on Climate Justice and Energy, as well as with Waste management issues.

Through the SGP funded project , groundWorks helped in information dissemination and awareness on issues around landfills and waste management in the area. During the project communities were empowered technically and mobilized to participate in campaigns and public hearings on legislation and policy around waste management in South Africa , with their work contributing to the finalization of the National Environmental Management : Waste Act . A National Civil Society Organization Strategy on Waste was also developed. During the process 25 community representatives from South Africa were supported by groundWork and this also resulted in improved community consultation by government. Some of these communities including the award winner are currently involved in waste recycling income generation projects.

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 - Jeet Bahadur Nakarmi Metal Technology NAST Award

Mr Shrestha won the award for his desing of metal biogas digester which produces biogas from waste and his research on biogas.

2011 - Award for Best Solid Waste Management Practices

WEPCO won the award for their community based solid waste management practices which they have been involved in last 20 years.

2011 - ATABEY Environmental Awards. Category Sustainable Tourism

Asociacion para el Deasrrollo de la Provincia Espaíllat ADEPE), for the innovation and entrepreneurship, together with the communities to take advantage of rural tourism, through the Sereno de la Montaña Initiative.

2011 - ATABEY Environmental Awards. Category Renewable Energy

Paso de Perra Micro Hydro Electric Committee, by the sustainable management of micro hydropower system that provides electricity service 24 hours 7 days electricity to 200 families in the upper basin of the Rio Yaque del Norte with a clean energy source.

2011 - "Earth Care Award 2011" by JSW and Times of India

The prestigious - ""Earth Care Award 2011"" by JSW and Times of India - was conferred to Energy Research Applications for its Initiative on Green Energy Solutions and its impact on climate change mitigation and adaptation and setting up a training centre in the remote areas of the state of Jharkhand.

Making of "Energy Cake" - this project was a unique effort towards cross sharing and linkages between SGP partners across the country for wider reach and benefits. The project aims to convert agricultural residues into biomass briquettes per year in partnership with 12 GEF NGO Partners benefitting 1200 families. Two cakes (500gm each) can save 6kwh of electricity. GEF UNDP SGP, Department of Sciences, Government of India, and ERA partnership project on ""Energy Cake"" was selected for an innovative presentation by the INDO-US, Science & Technology Forum on July 19, 2011. The highlights of this Expo were the interest shown in the use of the technology by Union Minister of State for Science and Technology, Govt of India, Hon'ble Mr Ashwini Kumar, Dr. John P Holdren, Director, White House Office of S & T Policy & Science Advisor to the US President and Mr Aneesh Chopra, Federal Chief Technology Officer of the United States.

2010 - Women Environment Conservation Award

Women Environment Preservation Committee (WEPCO)- an NGO led by woman members working in solid waste management in Urban Area won this year's Women Environment Conservation Award. The NGO was honored by Rt hon Prime Minister Mr Madhav Kumar Nepal during World Environment Day. SGP in 2005 supported WEPCO to develop model for biogas plant from household waste and reduce the municipal waste at source (from households) with active participation of women. Since then, they are providing technical supporting to construct larger institutional biogas plants (upto 35 cum) in School hostels and Buddhist Monasteries, so that these hostels and monasteries can also manage their kitchen waste as well as reducing their energy demand. This year, "Gift to Asia" has supported WEPCO to aware and encourage Hotels and Housing Colonies to adapt biogas technology from kitchen and municipal waste.

2010 - SEED Award

SGP Grantee Tema Cooperative Sunflower Producers Society received the award for the project Biofuel Production in Promoting Sustainable Land Management. "Biofuel Production in Promoting Sustainable Land Management". A local NGO in partnership with national research institutions has established a model for rehabilitating degraded community lands, producing food crop and utilizing renewable energy through the cultivation and processing of sunflower plants into oil and biodiesel. Their sustainable land management approach also includes bee-keeping.

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 - Ford Conservation and Environmental Grants

Ford Motor Company announced the winners of its 2010 Conservation and Environmental Grants, China (CEGC) program at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, and awarded the cash grants totaling RMB1.5 million to 28 Chinese environmental NGOs and individuals to fund the further development of their projects. The project site is located in the western part of China, southern edge of Mu Us Desert and at the junction zone of Shaanxi, Gansu, Ningxia and inner Mongolia. It is a typical semi-arid area of semi-agricultural and semi-pastoral areas. Drought, water shortage, desertification, and over consumption of natural resources are the main problems that the local farmers are facing. The project aims to promote an environmental sustainable development way to the local farmers by a series activities: 1) Promote rural environment-friendly facilities including energy-saving stoves, energy-saving heatable brick beds, solar heating houses, solar stoves and "trinity" biogas facilities to help farmers to establish various household ecological model. 2) Implement alternative livelihood activities such as building sheep stall and microbial storage feed tank, artificially planting grass and planting economic forest with the purpose to reduce human destroy behavior on the grassland.3)Plant windbreak to reduce wind and sand damage to crops and to increase the rate of forest coverage and farmers' income.4) Support women and family industry development through providing local women with micro-credit finance to promote farmers' income. 5.) Establish New Energy Facility Maintenance Group in the project area. 6) Raise farmers' environmental awareness, especially on renewable energy using and climate change thorugh training and workshop.

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 - DST-Lockheed Martin International innovation Award

"Energy Cake" under the GEF/UNDP SGP project has received Lockheed Martin (USA) Innovation Award on 20th May, 2010 by our Minister of S & T Mr Prithviraj Chavan. This was out of 394 applications on innovations from different laboratories.

2010 - Brugal Cree en su Gente, Defense and Environmental Protection Category

In the Category of Defense and Environmental Protection, ASADA (Asociación de Agricultores de los Dajaos ) was awarded with the first place with a cash contribution of US$30,000.00. The GEF/SGP is working with this CBO in project for renewable energy use (Micro Hydro Power).

2010 - Atabey Renewable Energy Award

Won by Consejo para el Desarrollo de Fondo Grande for the installation of community micro Hydro Power in Fondo Grande.


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

Won by Mae La-oop Basin Network Organization, Chiangmai Province. The grantee received the 2nd price of this award from HAII for its initiative to use flowing water in a small river to power a paddy mill reducing the use of grid electricity / fossil fuels. Villages that Learn.

2009 - MD Basnyat Technology NAST Award

Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) has awarded Mr Madhukar KC, team leader, Matribhumi Chulho Project, for developing air supply disc. He used the air supply disc as a burner in cooking stove, which improved the efficiency of stove and named it as Matribhumi Stove. With this air supply disc, just a single stick of firewood could be used to cook food.

2009 - Kubera-Edelweiss Social Innovation Honours

In March 2009, Ibtada a SGP partner was honoured as Runner Up in Girl Child Education category of the award instituted by Edelgive: The financial services firm, Edelweiss Capital Ltd is partnering Kubera Partners, a private equity firm based in USA to launch the Kubera-Edelweiss Social Innovation Honours, three awards totalling US$ 60,000 to felicitate outstanding innovations that positively impact the status of the girl child, through the delivery of services in three areas: education, health and nutrition, and future employability of the girl child. EdelGive Foundation, the not for profit subsidiary of Edelweiss Capital is managing the entire process of these awards. The primary objective of the awards is to give an impetus to the issue of the girl child, and also to use prize philanthropy as an effective tool to promote innovation, awareness and targeted benefits to the needy. Ibtada has been working on one of the SGP project titled "Promoting Animal Husbandry as Sustainable Livelihood for Rural Women leading to Ecological Conservation". The objective of the project is promotion of alternate fuel in households and animal husbandry as a means for sustainable livelihoods for rural women leading to ecological conservation and better incomes.

2009 - Chico Mendes Award

Top Ministry of Environment prize for the most important environment initiatives recognized the work of SGP grantee Terra Viva Association.

2009 - ALM Ecology Trophy

This trophy is an initiative launched by the Today newspaper in Morocco, which aims to reward annually the best national initiatives in the field of environmental protection. In this occasion it was given to SGP grantee Le centre de développement de la region de Tensift for its efforts to fight pollution and improve product quality in the pottery village of Marrakech.

2008 - WISIONS Award “Water for Energy and Energy for Water”

This innovative project brought a multiple benefit to the villagers through making hybrid solar powdered drinking and irrigation water systems available to this remote rural area. The project increased the availability of water for domestic and irrigation purposes and improved food security as well as income generation through the sale of high value crops. Irrigated farming has offered unemployed youths the opportunity to develop entrepreneurial skills e.g. by earning income through horticulture. The project also has lessened the women's burden as the women are responsible for fetching water. In addition, waterborne diseases have decreased as low quality water is no longer fetched from local ponds.

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 - 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 - Dubai International Award for Best Practices

SGP project partner Aadhar won the Best Practice Award by the Dubai International Award for Best Practices, 2008. The DIABP was established under the directives of late Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, during the United Nations International Conference that convened in Dubai between 19 – 22 November, 1995 with 914 participants from 95 countries, to recognize the best practices with positive impact on improving the living environment. H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the U.A.E. and the Ruler of Dubai and H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance and Industry and Chairman of Dubai Municipality has continued to support this Award. The Award reflects the policy and commitment of Dubai Government and the United Arab Emirates towards sustainable development of the human settlements and protection of the environment on the basis of mutual international cooperation.

2008 - ASHDEN Award

The efforts of the NGO, Technology Informatics Design Endeavour (TIDE) and the communities have been recognized. They won the title "Energy Champion" and the First Prize (£40,000) in the ASHDEN AWARD. The Title and the Prize were presented by the Nobel laureate Dr. Wangari Maathai. Tide is well known for designing excellent stoves which reduce pollution and put less stress on fuelwood. View Press Release.

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 - Premio a la Productividad

Won by El Sindicato de Trabajadores Independientes de la Finca Nueva Alianza

2007 - National Environment Award, community category

Won by Asociacion de Patronatos y Juntas de Aguadel Sector de las Marias

This region is located in the southern buffer zone of Rio Platano Biosphere,  the area is dominated by pine and broadleaf forest.  It is also located in the headwaters of the river paulada, platano and Wampu. Notable Community Participation. Organized communities in the Association are: Las Marias, la inglesa los ángeles, las arenas, and El ocotillal, they are organized each in boards and water boards, which in turn the local committees organized to support the project and the accompanying COAFORPLA as our main strategic partner in the management and care of the community forest. The boards and water boards make up  the Las Marias sector board, which are responsible to monitor and implement action plans for protection and management of conifer forest through the usufruct agreement in the areas of community influence.


Winner: Jeunesse Sans Frontières Bénin - Le prix consiste en un trophée et certificat offerts à l'ONG pour ses efforts exceptionnels dans la promotion de l'agrocarburant obtenu à partir du Jatropha curcas. L'ONG a mis à la disposition : des ménages de Hèvié et environs du carburant végétal utilisable dans les lampes, des savons et des crèmes fabriqués à partir de d'huile végétale issue du Jatropha curcas, des meuniers du biocarburant diesel utilisable par les moulins, des agriculteurs des engrais organiques obtenus à partir du tourteau généré par le pressage de l'huile.

2006 - WATER AWARDS, initiated by Water Digest

The project: Environment Preservation through Construction of Biogas Plants based on Rubber Latex Waste Water, received the first WATER AWARDS, initiated by Water Digest, the Global Magazine for Water Solutions on 13th of November 2006.

The Introduction of the concept of 'Biogas Service Centre' in this project is a breakthrough for the local communities who can then turn to get the facilities for repairs and maintenance of their biogas plants. At each centre two to three local bio gas engineers have been created and who have got livelihoods for the same as the communities access their paid services. It has given a new face to Andhyodaya – a caring institution. Indeed it has helped the sustainability. It is networking with three other small NGOs in implementing our project in order to ensure effective after sales care to Biogas Plants.

2006 - Second Best Exhibition of the 2006 World Environment Day activities

Won by SGP grantee "National Federation of Young Farmers' Club" for its project on "Rotary Composters"

This project aims at demonstrating the feasibility of making organic compost and its application to growing vegetables. It will imply composting locally available wastes using relatively simple technologies to produce high quality composts.

2006 - Premio de ¨Comunidad Responsable con el Medio Ambiente¨que otorga el Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Medio Ambiente a nivel Provincial"

Comunidad de San Narciso en la Provincia de Cienfuegos recibe el Premio de ¨Comunidad Responsable con el Medio Ambiente¨que otorga el Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Medio Ambiente a nivel Provincial, donde se desarrolla el Proyecto CUB/05/09 ´Electrificación solar fotovoltaica del asentamiento rural San Narciso en ecosistema montañoso de Guamuhaya." View Award.

2006 - Green Globe Award of the 72 Golden Jubilee Initiative by the Petroleum Authority of Thailand

Won by Phu Tham Phu Kratae Rehabilitation and Conservation Group, Khonkaen Province.The group was awarded due to its up-scaled members from 15 to 27 villages in project location in 1999, followed by practicing a variety of environmentally-friendly occupation and other degradation-reversing activities.

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

Won by "Mae La-oop Basin Network Organization, Chiangmai Province." This SGP project 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 received effectively.

2004 - Ashden Award

Maisoon Zamir from Escorts Foundation, a Lahore based NGO, funded by GEF/SGP for promotion of fuel efficient stoves in Changa Manga won the Ashden Award for 2004 for their SGP funded project, wins the award for Food (£30,000) for providing rural women around the Changa Manga Forest in Pakistan, with a cooking stove which is both simple in design, yet revolutionary in the way in which it has transformed the lives of the women users in terms of improved health, income and family relations, whilst at the same time reducing their dependence on the protected forest area. In the words of the judges: "This is a shining example of appropriate technology at its best."

2002 - Equator Prize

Equator Prize 2002 Short list. Since winning the Equator Initiative Award in Johannesburg in 2002, Honey Care has moved from strength to strength winning other international awards, their honey has been accepted by the European Union for quality, and have been accepted as members of Fair Trade group. They have just signed an agreement with the World Bank which will help expand their services in the region.

2001 - Le troisieme Grand Prix du Président de la République pour la protection de la nature et de l'environnement AAO Cap Bon

Won by l'Association des Amis des Oiseaux du Cap Bon For promoting the use of renewable energies to the large public.

2001 - Ford Motor Company National Conservation and Environment Award

Won by Consejo Comunitario El Limón y Asociación Para el Dearrollo de San José de Ocoa for Community Hydropower and El Limón Electrification.

2001 - Ford Motor Company Environmental Awards

Sol de Vida's Solar Stove project and three additional SGP projects in the Gulf of Nicoya.

2001 - Ashden Trust Award for Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy Technology Assistance Programme wins the Ashden Trust Award for Renewable Energy.

2000 - Philippine National Oil Company, Christopher Jordan, MD, Inc., and SATMP National Contest

Yamog Renewable Energy Development Group, Inc. won third prize for the project: "Community-Based Watershed Management and Water Resource Utilization for Hydropower in Davao City"

2000 - Le deuxieme Grand Prix du Président de la République pour la protection de la nature et de l'environnement

Won by l’Association des Amis du Belvédère, AAB for promoting the use of renewable energies to the large public.

1996 - 3eme prix Grand Prix du Président de la République pour la protection de la nature et de l'environnement

Won by ASSIDJE Djerba

1994 - 3eme prix Grand Prix du Président de la République pour la protection de la nature et de l'environnement

Won by APNEK Kairoun

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Ms. Angelica Shamerina
Programme Advisor on Climate Change Mitigation and Regional Focal Point
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