Established in 1992, the year of the Rio Earth Summit, the GEF Small Grants Programme embodies the very essence of sustainable development by "thinking globally acting locally". By providing financial and technical support to projects that conserve and restore the environment while enhancing people's well-being and livelihoods, SGP demonstrates that community action can maintain the fine balance between human needs and environmental imperatives.

Our Communities

Sgp voices

Chad - SOS Elephants
Indonesia - GEF SGP International Water
South Africa - impact of SGP projects, Part 1

Our stories

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Community-based ecotourism protects biodiversity i...

 Around 8,000 visitors each year experience the Muyil wetlands, mangroves, canals, blue lagoon, and local caves with Sian Ka’an Community Tours. On ... read more
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Sharing successful sustainable development practic...

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 ... read more

Featured Publications

IW 2016 publication Scaling Up Community Actions for International Waters Management...

This publication reviews the results achieved by the GEF Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) in international waters in the last five years (2011 - 2016). During this time, SGP supported 265 communities and civil society organizations in    ...read more