The uniqueness of SGP is to support the standard and healthy development of civil society organizations in China.
Mr. Huang Haoming
SGP National Steering Committee, China
Executive Director of China Association for NGO Cooperation
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Country Programme Snapshot

Start Date 2009
# of Projects 74
Total Grant Amount US$ 3,554,416
Total cash Co-Financing US$ 2,021,586
Total In-Kind Co-Financing US$ 1,730,540

Country Portfolio by Area of Work

Climate Change Mitigation
International Waters
Land Degradation
Global Publications
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The proliferation of harmful chemicals is a growing concern for human health and well-being and the global environment.During its 6th replenishment period (July 2014 to June 2018; GEF-6), GEF continues to play a catalytic role in leveraging budgetary resources to support elimination and reduction of harmful chemicals and waste.The GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) is the special window of the GEF providing financial and technical support to communities and civil society organizations for addressing global environmental challenges, while also promoting poverty reduction and sustainable development. In the chemicals and waste focal area, SGP focuses its support to communities at the forefront of chemical threats either as users or consumers, including women and indigenous peoples.As of April 2017, SGP has supported 565 projects with an investment of more than $16 million in GEF grant funding, leveraging more than $18 million in co-financing from multiple sources. SGP’s chemicals and waste portfolio has focused on:  solid waste management to avoid open burning of waste;  pesticide management in agriculture and organic farming; • reduction of chemicals usage and contamination (such as PCB) in small-scale businesses;   capacity development, awareness raising and knowledge sharing.

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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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Examples of Successful Projects
Swan Lake Wetland Restoration
Demonstration on  Swan Lake Wetland Restoration and Migratory Avifauna Conservation

Goal: Conservation of important migrant bird area and restoration of birds habitat
Main Activities: Protecting whooper swan & other migrant birds; restore wetland of swan lake
Key Results: important migrant birds route way has been conserved; endangered birds have been protected.

Environmental Sustainable Development Project in Yingxi Village, Yanchi County, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region
Goal: reducing CO2 emissions by promoting renewable energy and energy efficiencyMain Activities: Replacement of old facilities, installing energy-saving stoves, energy-saving hypocausts and solar stoves and constructing solar heating houses and "trinity" biogas generatorsKey Results: 1183 tons of CO2 emissions at project site can be reduced per year, farmers' awareness on climate change,  renewable energy and energy efficiency is raised. The project won Ford Environment Conservation Award in Dec. 2010.
Seabuckthorn Farmer Field School for Ecological Construction in Jiantan Village, Maying Town, Tongwei County, Gansu Province
Goal: Reducing land degradation and increasing locals' income Main Activities: Planting seabuckthorn Key Results: 67 ha. seabuckthorn trees are planted and a farmers field school training methods and tools are established
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Country Impact

SGP projects supported , documented and influenced:

  • A biodiversity conservation leading group was established by local government

  • A cross-sectoral integrated wetland management mechanism was established by local government

Projects replicated or up-scaled:

  • Promote biogas generators, solar water heaters, solar stoves, energy-saving hypocausts, energy-saving stoves

  • Integrated wetland management

SGP China activities in figure:

  • Around 7000 km2 biodiversity areas are protected including 2 biosphere reserves

  • Around 4000 tons of CO2 are reduced per year

  • Around 1906 km coast line and 29000 Km2 ocean area are protected

  • Around 17000 household benefit from SGP projects

September 2015 - Equator Prize 2015

SGP grantee partner Yunnan Green Watershed Management Research and Promotion Center is one of the Awardees of Equator Prize 2015.

Yunnan Green Watershed Management Research and Promotion Center has implemented the GEF SGP funded project CPR/SGP/OP5/Y4/STAR/BD/14/03

November 2014 - Ford Conservation and Environment Award

The receiver of this Award is SGP grantee partner Green River that has implemented the GEF SGP funded project CPR/SGP/OP5/CORE/CH/11/01

Another SGP grantee partner Blue Ribbon Ocean Conservation Society was one of the nominees for this Award. Blue Ribbon Ocean Conservation Society has implemented the GEF SGP funded project CPR/SGP/OP5/Y3/STAR/BD/13/03.

June 2015 - SEE Ecology Award

SGP grantee partner Laozhai Community Conserved Area Management Committee is the receiver of this Award.

Laozhai Community Conserved Area Management Committee has implemented the GEF SGP funded project CPR/SGP/OP5/Y3/STAR/BD/13/02

June 2012 - 2010-2011 China Green Figure

SGP grantee Weihai Whooper Swan Protection Association was the receier of this award. This grantee worked at  the Rongcheng Swan Lake located at Chengshan Township, Rongcheng city, Shandong Province. Solutions offered to protect endangered species : 1. Rescue the perching birds; 2.Provide training on swan protection and build village-based and township-based rescue station; 3.Restore wetlands ecosystem; 4.Research on oviposition and incubation of swans Anticipated results/immediately outputs of this project: 1.Around 60 swans are rescued 2.about 200 persons know the knowledge of swan proetction,2 village-based and township-based rescue stations are established 3.about 50 Mu wetlands ecosystem has been restored 4. one research report on oviposition and incubation of swans is completed.

December 2013 - The 2013 National Public Welfare Figure Prize of Water Protection

The National Public Welfare Figure Prize of Water Protection is an annual award presented by China Foundation for Glory Society, Beijing Normal University and China Environment News. The award was established since 2010 to acknowledge great contributions in water protection by outstanding public organizations, individuals and university student groups to help the public understand the current situation and issues on water protection. This year NGO "Green River Environement Protection Association of Sichuau" was awarded this prize for its SGP funded project: " Project on Reduction of POPs at the Source of Yangtze River and Development of Alternative Livelihood to Achieve Sustainable Grassland Management".

December 2012 - The 2012 National Public Welfare Figure Prize of Water Protection

 The National Public Welfare Figure Prize of Water Protection is an annual award presented by China Foundation for Glory Society, Beijing Normal University and China Environment News. SGP China International Water Portfolio is the receiver of this 2012  award.

2015 - China Social Innovation Prize

SGP grantee partnerBeijing Sansheng Environment and Development Research Institute (BSEDRI) is the receiver of this national Award.

BSEDRI has implemented the GEF SGP funded project  CPR/SGP/OP5/Y3/STAR/BD/13/06

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 - 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.

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.

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