Global Publications
Women as Environmental Stewards: The Experience of the Small Grants Programme

In this publication, the GEF Small Grants Programme, implemented by UNDP, features women as environmental stewards in case studies about biodiversity conservation, climate change, land degradation, international waters and chemicals and waste management. These examples show action from the ground up and demonstrate the importance of investing in women’s leadership and technical skills for improved environmental benefits and sustainable development, while challenging traditional gender norms that often prevent women from taking leadership roles or from having access and control over the natural resources they help preserve. The thirteen examples of women led projects included in this publication provide evidence that investing in women pays off not just in producing global environmental benefits and sustainable development, but also by improving the wellbeing and sustainable practices of the communities they live in.
Assessing Landscape Resilience: Best practices and lessons learned from the COMDEKS Programme

The aim of this publication is to summarize the key lessons learned and illustrate the best practices drawn from the practical applications of the Indicators of Resilience in Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes (SEPLS) and other allied tools for community consultation during more than five years of field experience in the COMDEKS Programme.
SGP Annual Monitoring Report 2016 - 2017

This is the annual monitoring report 2016-2017 that captures the results of the completed projects during the reporting period.
Blue Economy, Community Solutions

The blue economy is an approach put forward by the international community to take into account the health of the oceans and seas as we strive to balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental. This concept promotes economic growth, social inclusion and improved livelihoods at the same time as ensuring the environmental sustainability of oceans and seas. It defines a new paradigm of ocean economy, one that is in balance with the long-term capacity of the assets, goods and services of marine ecosystems, and that considers social inclusiveness. This publication includes examples from across different continents, ecosystems and cultures, but they all address the priorities of livelihoods and conservation in combination and bring benefits on both fronts. By giving local communities an immediate, concrete stake in the sustainable management of the ocean’s resources, these projects have each secured the local stewardship they need to be a viable, long-term part of the blue economy.
Country: India, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, China, El Salvador, Kenya, Mauritius, Morocco, Samoa, Viet Nam; Area of work: International Waters; Type: Brochure  

Filesize: 4.33 MB
Trinidad and Tobago SGP Newsletter September 2018

Country: Trinidad and Tobago; Type: Newsletter; Region: Latin America and the Caribbean  

Filesize: 34.99 MB
Global Support Initiative to ICCAs Brochure

The Global Support Initiative for Indigenous Peoples and Community-Conserved Territories and Areas (ICCA-GSI) was formed to broaden the range and quality of diverse governance types in recognizing ICCAs and achieve the Aichi 2020 targets.  The brochure highlights ICCA-GSI framework at the global, national and local level towards achieving Aichi 11, Aichi 14 and Aichi 18.

Area of work: Biodiversity; Priority Group: Indigenous Peoples; Partnerships: ICCA-GSI; Theme: ICCAs, Landscape/Seascape, Protected Areas, Traditional Knowledge; Cross Cutting: Governance; Type: Brochure  

Filesize: 2.07 MB
SGP 25th anniversary: Local action, global impact

This is a publication to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Small Grants Programme. With more than 21,000 projects carried out by civil society organizations and local communities and a comprehensive approach, working at multiple scales with a wide range of stakeholders, these innovative solutions have transformed the lives of local communities while at the same time achieving global environmental benefits. Today, SGP is recognized as one o most successful investments that support civil society and community initiatives.

A community based approach to resilient and sustainable landscapes: lessons from Phase II of the COMDEKS programme

This publication shows how much progress has been made in defining the goals, planning processes, funding mechanisms, and monitoring systems needed to make sustainable landscape management a reality. The case studies provide valuable examples of the COMDEKS approach and the improvements in ecosystem services, and rural productivity, income, and community empowerment that result.
The publication is comprised of two parts:
Part I summarizes the defining principles of the COMDEKS community-based landscape management approach, and sets out the step-by-step process used to apply the approach.
Part II presents up-to-date case material for each of the ten countries participating in Phase II of the COMDEKS Programme. This material describes the target landscapes, sets the local context of environmental, social, and economic conditions and challenges; describes the participatory landscape planning process; enumerates local program activities; and reports preliminary findings. Part II ends with a short consideration of what the COMDEKS Programme has achieved, how these insights can be applied both within and beyond UNDP, and the challenges that lie ahead for the COMDEKS community-based landscape approach.

COMDEKS: Developing and promoting agro-ecological innovations to address agroecological resilience in production landscapes

This guide provides conceptual and methodological elements for developing and promoting agroecological innovations within country strategies to address agroecosystem resilience in specific production landscapes. It is intended to serve as the basis for the implementation of the Innovative Agroecology component of the GEF Small Grants Programme in its 6th Operational phase, and to provide guidance for the agroecosystem outcome of the COMDEKS landscape approach.The guidance note explains basic agroecological concepts, principles and its application in the design and management of biodiverse and resilient farming systems. Building on the COMDEKS landscape approach, the guide strengthens its agroecosystem component to more effectively build the social, economic and ecological resilience of production landscapes.