Global Publications

Community - based Chemicals and Waste Management

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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Country: Armenia, Barbados, Bhutan, China, Ghana, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Nepal; Area of work: Chemicals; Priority Group: Youth  

Filesize: 3.03 MB
Une trousse à outils d’appui à la conservation par les populations autochtones et les communautés locales

The purpose of the toolkit is to complement ongoing eforts to build capacity of ICCAs as they gain greater recognition on a global scale.This toolkit highlights the diverse approaches that communities use to manage their own areas and combines the manifold of conservation tools developed for community-based organizations who live in particular habitats and/or are facing specific threats (linked to climate change or extractive industries) as well as those developed for protected area managers, practitioners and government agencies.  

Area of work: Biodiversity; Priority Group: Indigenous People; Partnerships: ICCA-GSI  

Filesize: 3.22 MB
Une trousse à outils d’appui à la conservation par les populations autochtones et les communautés locales

The purpose of the toolkit is to complement ongoing eforts to build capacity of ICCAs as they gain greater recognition on a global scale.This toolkit highlights the diverse approaches that communities use to manage their own areas and combines the manifold of conservation tools developed for community-based organizations who live in particular habitats and/or are facing specific threats (linked to climate change or extractive industries) as well as those developed for protected area managers, practitioners and government agencies.  

Area of work: Biodiversity; Priority Group: Indigenous People; Partnerships: ICCA-GSI  

Filesize: 3.22 MB
Promoting Sustainability Development through more effective Civil Society Participation

The EU-NGOs project "Strengethening Environmental Governance by Bulding the Capacity of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO)" is a global project funded by the European Union (EU), implemented by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and delivered and co-financed by the Global Environment Facilty (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP). This publication:

1. Outlines the conceptual basis of the EU-NGOs Project and its community-led approach to strengthening environmental governance by increasing civil society participation in related processes;
2. Presents a selection of eight EU-NGOs country case studies (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Egypt, Georgia, Moldova, Morocco, Palestine and Ukraine) setting the local context based on which supported initiatives were developed, describing project activities and objectives, as well as reporting on key achievements, impacts and lessons learned from these on-the-ground initiatives; and
3. Highlights some key overall impacts and lessons learned from on-the-ground implementation of community-led projects related to environmental governance in EU-neighboring countries.

The EU-NGOs project has produced considerable results with positive effects beyond the supported NGOs, as a large number of CSOs and NGOs have been reached through such tools as a training-of-trainers approach, partnerships, and dedicated networks. The case studies provided in this report aim to share valuable insights to such approaches that can be used as a basis for replication in similar initiatives around the world.

Country: Armenia, Egypt, Georgia, Moldova, Morocco, Palestine, Ukraine; Partnerships: NGO Environmental Governance Project  

Filesize: 7.2 MB
25 Years of the GEF

Voices of Impact: Speaking for the Global Commons

This is a publication developed by the UNDP-GEF  to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the GEF. SGP work is featured in the following 4 stories:

• We are a large ocean state, ENVIRONMENTAL INNOVATIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF SEYCHELLES
• The power of peat, RESTORING ECOSYSTEM HEALTH TO PEATLANDS IN BELARUS
• Ridge-to-reef living landscapes A MODEL FOR COMMUNITY-BASED CONSERVATION IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA
• Threads of Life WOMEN RESTORING WILD COTTON SPECIES AND INDIGENOUS PRACTICES IN PERU

Country: Belarus, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Seychelles  

Filesize: 18.11 MB
A Practitioners' Guide to Establishing a Community-Based Adaptation Programme

Developed for local and national-lelvel practititioners interested in community-based adaptation (CBA) to climate change, this guide presents the lessons and practices from the gloal pilot project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) under the Strategic Priority on Adaptation (SPA) window and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) mechanism.  

The guide resembles a 'cookbook' for conducting the CBA processes in project development and implementation. To illustrate the processes and priniciples, the guide provides practical examples of how CBA can be accomplished in real project situations by drawing on the field experiences of the SPA CBA project, which was implemented in 10 countries in varying geographic areas with communities of different cultural backgrounds and norms.

Area of work: Community Based Adaptation; Priority Group: Women Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming, Youth  

Filesize: 3.38 MB
Small Grants Programme Corporate Brochure - 2015

General Brochure about the SMall Grants Programme. Where we work, how to apply, areas of work and results.