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Sharing successful sustainable development practices at India's Knowledge Fair 30 March 2017
On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, the UNDP implemented GEF Small Grants Programme, in partnership with the Government of India and the Centre for Environment Education (CEE) in India, organized a knowledge fair with the theme “Mainstreaming grassroots innovations” in an effort to highlight the innovative solutions developed by communities and civil society organizations supported by ...read more
Exploring opportunities for Tanzania's ICCAs 24 March 2017
23 March 2017; Dar es Salaam, TANZANIA - As the Global Support Initiative to Indigenous Peoples and Community-Conserved Territories and Areas (ICCA-GSI) gears to launch in Tanzania, it organized a national workshop to bring indigenous community representatives together with multi-level key actors and advisors to explore the status of the country’s ICCAs. The examination of Tanzania’s ICCAs ...read more
SGP shares experience at GEF Extended Constituency Workshops 22 March 2017
Green finance, enhancing synergies towards climate action and sustainable development on the ground, stakeholder engagement and gender mainstreaming were some of the topics covered in the GEF Extended Constituency Workshops organized by the secretariat of the Global Envrironment Facility(GEF). In partnership with the GEF, the UNDP implemented Small Grants Programme (SGP) has been sharing its ...read more
Working towards a critical mass for social justice in community territorial governance in Kenya 24 March 2017
 Nairobi, KENYA; 28 March 2017 - As the Global Support Initiative to Indigenous Peoples and Communtiy-Conserved Territories and Areas (ICCA-GSI) gears to implement projects in Kenya, it organized a national workshop to bring indigenous community representatives together with international and national actors and collaboratively examine the current struggles of Kenya’s Indigenous ...read more
Promoting women as champions of biodiversity conservation 08 March 2017
For the past 25 years, the Small Grants Programme (SGP) has been working to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment around the world by supporting community driven innovations for sustainable development and global environmental benefits. On the occasion of International Women’s Day, and in keeping with its theme #BeBoldForChange, SGP is proud to share the achievements of a group of ...read more
Celebrating World Wildlife Day 2017 03 March 2017
Local communities are key steward in protecting wildlife. For the past 25 years, the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) has been actively working with the local communities, youth, indigenous peoples and others in conserving threatened and endangered species worldwide.SGP joins the international and local communities in celebrating the World Wildlife Day 2017, with the theme of "Listen to the Young ...read more
Reviving nature - SGP Malidvies in UNDP Country office publication 23 February 2017
A marine facility set up by a local NGO in northren part of Maldives is helping to rehabilitate captured and injured turtles and restore coral reefs. This project supported by SGP Maldives is featured in UNDP Maldives publication "Island Life ...read more
SGP grantee finalist at Yale Innovation Prize 22 February 2017
Photo (left to right): Ethan Miller, ISTF Prize Coordinator - Yale University; Sabrina Szeto, ISTF Prize Coordinator - Yale University; Phai Bunleang from the Prey Lang Community Network, Cambodia; Som Chanmony from the Peace Bridge Organization, Cambodia; Erika Drazen, ISTF Prize Coordinator - Yale University. The Human and Environment Development Organization (HEDO), an SGP ...read more
Nigeria EnviroNews: What makes GEF's Small Grants Programme unique 17 February 2017
 Nigerian EnviroNews published an article  in marking the transition/renewal of the membership of the SGP National Steering Committee of Nigeria. The National Steering Committees are a key mechanism for programme direction and decision making on grants in the SGP and benefit from the technical inputs and tireless efforts of over a thousand highly qualified individuals globally, who ...read more
Welcoming our new Global Manager Yoko Watanabe 11 May 2017
We are delighted to welcome Yoko Watanabe as our new Global Manager of the GEF Small Grants Programme. Yoko has over 20 years of professional experiences working on biodiversity and natural resources management in close partnership with civil society and indigenous peoples. Prior to becoming the fourth Global Manager of the Small Grants Programme, Yoko worked for over a decade at the GEF ...read more