South Africa
The SGP grant has created awareness about greening the earth, and after the grant had finished, the members were motivated to sustain the project.
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Country Programme Snapshot

Start Date 2001
# of Projects 110
Total Grant Amount US$ 4,745,162
Total cash Co-Financing US$ 6,884,061
Total In-Kind Co-Financing US$ 1,967,507

Country Portfolio by Area of Work

Climate Change Mitigation
Community Based Adaptation
International Waters
Land Degradation
Global Publications
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Examples of Successful Projects
Richtersveld Community-Based Natural Resource Management Programme
Supporting the Richtersveld Community-Based Natural Resource Management Programme

Goal: Community Conservation of Richtersveld natural resources and heritage
Main Activities: Capacity building of the community , Demarcation of sensitive biodiversity areas, Educational and heritage protection centre
Key Results: Protected about 160,000 hectares of land which is rich in endemic biodiversity species resulting into a World Heritage Site

Provision of Local Energy Services

Goal: Provide renewable energy and energy efficiency alternatives
Main Activities: Storage, distribution and information centre and sales point established for energy services, establishment of Women Cooperative
Key Results: Decreased use in grid energy avoiding CO2 emissions and provision of affordable energy options to households without Grid.

Improved environmental governance through civil society participation

Goal: Reducing the release of POPs by preventing the burning various waste
Main Activities: Mobilize and empower communities to participate in policy, formation of waste pickers teams
Key Results: Elimination of POPs, Policies on waste management, Recycling

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Country Impact

SGP projects supported , documented and influenced:

  • At national level: contributing to the finalization of the National Environmental Management: Waste Act and improved civil society consultation by government

  • At local level: protection of forests buffering the Biodiversity Hotspots

Successful projects scaled up and replicated:

  • Use of cowdung biogas energy scaled up to commercial farming level related CDM project

SGP activity in figures:

  • Areas protected, rehabilitated or sustainably managed: over 200,000ha
May 2014 - Energy Globe Award

The receiver of this international Award, SGP grantee partner "Food & Trees for Africa" has implemented SGP funded project SAF/SGP/OP5/STAR/CC/11/01

June 2014 - Equator Prize 2014

The receiver of this International Award "Heiveld Cooperative" is an SGP grantee partner. Through SGP funded project SAF/05/03, grantee partner has contributed to the conservation of wild roibos. By harvesting wild rooibos only every second year, and in accordance with the findings of research relating to the sustainable harvesting of wild rooibos, populations of wild rooibos are conserved, thus contributing to the conservation of one of the most resilient varieties of this indigenous plant. T

2013 - Global Leadership Award

Mrs. Mphatheleni Makaulule of the Mupo Foundation was awarded Global Leadership Award by the International Indigenous Women’s Forum (FIMI). The award celebrates the impact of indigenous women leaders and is being given to Mphatheleni in recognition of her work with women and communities in the VhaVenda region of South Africa.

The Mupo Foundation is SGP grantee that implemented the project: " Capacity Building for community ecological governanceand recuperation of biodiversity, sacred forest sites and food sovereignty" .

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.

2010 - Inyathelo Philanthropy Award

The award that was presented to Noel De Villiers , the founder and CEO of one of SGP Grantees in South Africa (Open Africa). The 2010 Inyathelo Philanthropy Award for contribution to social investment, advancement and sustainability in the country was presented to Mr De Villiers on the 15th November 2010.

His organization, Open Africa has initiated 59 travel (tourism) routes in six countries supporting 29 336 jobs. This includes the Karoo Highlands Route project in the Northern Cape which has been supported by the UNDP GEF Small Grants Programme in South Africa. (See Open Africa Project # SAF/SGP/OP4/RAF/09/02 titled Developing a biodiversity focused, pro-poor circular tourism route within the Succulent and Hantam Karoo). The Karoo Highland Route project was initiated in November 2009 and was launched on the 2nd October 2010 and it has more than 150 participants that range from farm stays, restaurants, lodges, petrol stations, conservation areas and artists from eight towns in the Great Karoo. The Route was launched in Carnarvon to boost tourism and economic benefits to the area, as well as to enhance conservation of the endangered Riverine Rabbit which is endemic to the Karoo in South Africa. Since the launch of the Karoo Highlands Route has received some media coverage. Other articles were compiled in local Afrikaans language. The Northern Cape Department of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism has also come in to help the route participants - they have budgeted to erect route signage along this route. Also coming to the party TEP (Tourism Enterprise Program) have started training (as the participants requested) on the route for all hospitality establishments (Accommodation and food & beverage) for the Karoo Highlands Route.

2010 - Equator Initiative Award

Won by Makuleke Community, South Africa: Located in the northern part of Kruger National Park (KNP), Pafuri Camp is an ecotourism initiative based on the principle of community-based conservation as the most effective mechanism for long-term biodiversity protections and equitable sustainable development. Revenues from game drives, wildlife walks, and other ecotourism activities are reinvested in both community development projects as well as biodiversity conservation initiatives. An anti-poaching force has been deployed and has removed a significant number of snares, an artificial cause of mortality in both herbivore and predator populations.

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Ms. Anele Moyo
National Coordinator
Ms. Motsei Choabi
Programme Assistant
Phone:+ 27 (12) 354-8155


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