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Winners of COP22 Youth Climate Video Competition Announced - Videos Portray Inspiring Climate Action in Tunisia and Vietnam 07 October 2016
Bonn, 6 October 2016 - Two young climate activists from Tunisia and Vietnam who tell their inspiring stories of climate action and building public awareness have been selected as the winners of the 2016 Global Youth Video Competition on Climate Change. The winners, chosen through online public voting, are Faouzia Bahloul from Tunisia and Phuong Vu Hoang from Vietnam. They will travel to the UN ...read more
The GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) shares good practices at the IUCN world conservation congress 29 September 2016
Honolulu, Hawaii, September 10h, 2016  The Small Grants Programme, implemented by the United Nations Development Programme-UNDP and funded by the Global Environment Facility, participated at the 2016, IUCN World Conservation Congress that took place in Honolulu Hawaii. The congress is held every four years and helps shape the agenda on environmental conservation around the world by bringing ...read more
ICCA-GSI Regional Workshop for West Africa 20 October 2016
Saint Louis, SENEGAL, 14-19 October 2016 - The Global Support Initiative for Indigenous and Community-Conserved Territories and Areas (ICCA-GSI) organized a workshop to foster recognition and support for ICCAs in West Africa.  The region hosts a myriad of territories and areas that are governed by indigenous peoples (IPs) and local communities.  These ICCAs have existed for over ...read more
ICCA-GSI supports policy motions in IUCN WCC 11 September 2016
  The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC) was held on 1-10 September 2016 in Honolulu, Hawai’i with the theme Planet at the Crossroads. Sometimes called the “Olympics of Conservation”, the ten-day congress brought together over 10,000 participants such as leaders and decision-makers from government, civil society, indigenous ...read more
SGP presents at Gender-Responsive Financing in a workshop at the IUCN World Conservation Congress 09 September 2016
Honolulu, Hawaii- On the occasion of the IUCN World Conservation Congress that is taking place in Honolulu, Hawaii, SGP participated in a workshop organized by the GEF on Gender Responsive Financing for the Global Environment. The event started with welcoming remarks from the GEF CEO Naoko Ishi in which she highlighted the importance of women to advance sustainable environmental ...read more
Accessing Global Finances: Funding Opportunities for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities 13 September 2016
In the context of the IUCN World Conservation Congress, SGP presented at the roundtable “Accessing Global Finances: Funding Opportunities for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities”, organized by the GEF at the UNDP Community Kauhale ‘Ōiwi space. The event was moderated by Alejandra Pero, Coordinator of the World Network of Indigenous Peoples and Local Community Land and Sea ...read more
SGP supports Palau’s global efforts to build more resilient island communities 13 September 2016
Recognizing that problems on islands, from Hawai‘i to Palau, are interconnected the President of Palau launched a new Island Resilience Initiative prior to the begining of the IUCN World Conservation Congress. “Today, I announce the commitment of our partnership to supporting a long-term effort to scale island models, through the GLISPA Island Resilience Initiative. This initiative will ...read more
Chemical free farming paves the way to sustainability in Fiji 18 August 2016
  Highlights  160 farmers participated  344 taro were planted and 82% of the crop was sold, fetching $486.00.  The average weight of the taro was 1.14kg, considered above average crop for the export market.    Five years ago farmers would have laughed had anyone said that farming without the use of chemicals was profitable. Now, many ...read more
Rural Women Help Early Recovery Efforts in Fiji, Make and Sell ‘Green’ Handicrafts 18 August 2016
Yakete, Ba Province, Fiji: When an extreme weather event such as Sever Tropical Cyclone Winston hits communities in remote, almost intractable highlands of Fiji, just what does it take to deal with the sudden loss of household incomes as farm produce stands mutilated by the storms and crop failure stares you in your face? A group of women in Yakete district of the Ba province have decided to step ...read more
ICCA-GSI supports Transboundary Conservation between Iran and its neigbors 05 August 2016
Sareyn District, Eastern Azerbaijan, IRAN; 31 July-3 August 2016 - As Iran strives to reach the Aichi Targets by 2020, ICCA-GSI and NGO Cenesta (SGP grantee) organized a workshop on the governance assessment and enhancement of Protected and Conserved Areas (PCAs). This is the first workshop of its kind in Iran and was facilitated in an enabling environment to include Indigenous Peoples and ...read more