Our Stories

Strengthening resilience of the Thongrong community in Bhutan’s Gamri Watershed through the COMDEKS Programme 08 August 2017
The Community Development and Knowledge Management for the Satoyama Initiative Programme (COMDEKS) was launched in 2011 as the flagship of the Satoyama Initiative, a global effort to promote the sustainable use of natural resources in the landscapes worked in and relied upon by rural communities. Delivered through SGP as one of its partnership programmes, COMDEKS is funded by the Japan ...read more
ICCA-GSI supports the Indigenous Peoples Policy Planning of the Green Climate Fund 07 August 2017
In its role for improving the recognition, support and overall effectiveness of ICCAs, the Global Support Initiative to Indigenous Peoples and Community-Conserved Territories and Areas (ICCA-GSI) organized a consultative workshop to create awareness and provide inputs to the initial draft of the Indigenous Peoples (IP) policy of the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The workshop was held in Nairobi, ...read more
Protecting endangered sea turtles in Malaysia 12 July 2017
Seven different species of sea turtles – also known as marine turtles – inhabit our oceans. Of these seven, only the green turtle has a stable population in Malaysia. The leatherback turtle is now extinct, and the hawksbill and the olive ridley are in precarious situations, with only a few tens of nests per year.     Thanks to a novel new initiative supported by the Global ...read more
Regional ICCA-GSI Knowledge Sharing & Capacity-building Workshop for Central and West Asia 15 June 2017
11-14 June 2017; Ysyk-Köl Lake, KYRGYZSTAN - In its role for improving the recognition, support and overall effectiveness of ICCAs in at least 26 countries, the Global Support Initiative to Indigenous Peoples and Community-Conserved Territories and Areas (ICCA-GSI) organized a regional workshop in Kyrgyzstan for multi-level actors in the Central and West Asia regions. The regional workshop was ...read more
Since 1992, the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP)—implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and funded by the Global Environment Facility​ (GEF)—has provided more than 20,000 grants, totaling more than US$541 million, in 132 countries. The program aims to conserve and restore the environment while enhancing people's well-being and livelihoods.​​​ SGP takes a ...read more
25 years making waves to save the ocean 12 June 2017
 The world celebrates the World Oceans Day to bring awareness about the key role of oceans in everyday life and inform the public about the impact of human actions on the ocean. In recognition of the role local communities play in the protection and restoration of coastal and marine ecosystems, local leaders and the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) grantees Fatou Janha Mboob from Gambia ...read more
SGP participation at the Oceans Conference 06 June 2017
  EI/SGP Publication - Making Waves:Together with the Equator Initiative, SGP will launch the joint publication "Making Waves" that features powerful stories about community innovations in the management of marine and coastal areas including fisheries, MPAs, etc. The publication includes 15 stories of Equator Winners, eight of which are SGP ...read more
Releasing our new brand identity 30 May 2017
The GEF Small Grants Programme is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year! As part of this cerebration, we are releasing an updated logo as our new brand identity. The logo symbolizes our renewed commitment to supporting the innovative solutions of communities and civil society organizations on global environment and sustainable development issues. As a brand with strong recognition, the ...read more
Community-based ecotourism protects biodiversity in the Yucatan Peninsula 22 May 2017
 Around 8,000 visitors each year experience the Muyil wetlands, mangroves, canals, blue lagoon, and local caves with Sian Ka’an Community Tours. On the occasion of the International Day for Biological Diversity, the world is celebrating the important role that sustainable tourism plays on biodiversity conservation and achieving sustainable livelihoods. The GEF, through ...read more
Global Youth Video Competition on Climate Change 2017 10 May 2017
Bonn, 10 de mayo de 2017 We are delighted to announce the launch of this year's Global Youth Video Competition on Climate Change 2017. The objective of the Global Youth Video Competition is to highlight climate action being taken by youth through videos; providing them with a platform to identify their successes and inspire other youth and policy-makers. The 2017 competition is ...read more