Global Publications
COMDEKS: Governance of Socio- Ecological production landscapes, a guidance note and self-assessment tool

This publication provides guidance to organizations involved in landscape approaches on how to understand and improve the governance setting of the landscape, with a focus on the community perspective.
The document contains two parts:
Part 1 of the document is a general guidance note that provides an overview of the importance and challenges of governance in socio-ecological production landscapes; guidance on how to integrate governance into the planning and execution of strategic landscape processes; and examples of measures to support local communities in their efforts to improve the governance of their socio-ecological production landscapes.
Part 2 is a governance self-assessment tool that communities, and their supporting organizations, can use to understand and analyze governance processes in their landscape, and to reflect on possible actions.

Partnerships: COMDEKS  

Filesize: 5.94 MB
Community action to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets - the COMDEKS programme

This booklet highlights COMDEKS contributions to achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, as well as the critical role that local communities play in ecosystem protection and biodiversity conservation.
The publication contains two parts:
Part 1 introduces COMDEKS and its community-based landscape approach for conserving ecosystems and biodiversity and promoting sustainable livelihoods. It outlines the rationale for why community action is vital to conserving biodiversity in rural landscapes outside of Protected Areas.
Part 2 portrays how COMDEKS has contributed to achieving all five of the Strategic Goals of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and many of the individual Aichi Biodiversity Targets, showcasing a variety of best practices and results from supported projects.


Filesize: 13.51 MB
SGP corporate brochure, 2017

This corporate brochure provides a brief overview of the Small Grants Programme and the results achieved by 2017.
Manuel des données d' ICCA

Ce manuel a été écrit pour les populations autochtones ou les communautés locales qui ont déterminé que leur territoire ou aire répond aux critères qui définissent une APAC (voir les termes clés), autrement considéré comme un territoire ou une aire dont la gouvernance, gestion et conservation est assurée par une population autochtone ou une communauté locale. Il est aussi conçu pour ceux qui travaillent en étroite collaboration avec les conservateurs d’APAC, tel que les ONG locales qui peuvent souhaiter soumettre des informations concernant une ou plusieurs APAC. Il n’est pas destiné à être utilisé par des gouvernements. Les gouvernements qui souhaitent fournir des informations concernant leurs systèmes d’aires protégées sont orientés vers le manuel d’utilisation de la WDPA.

Le manuel est conçu pour aider les populations autochtones et les communautés locales à inscrire leurs APAC dans la WDPA (Base de données mondiale sur les aires protégées) et/ou l’ICCA Registry (le registre des APAC). Les communautés ont différentes raisons pour inscrire leurs territoires ou aires. Ces raisons comprennent la volonté de sensibiliser aux efforts de conservation et de subsistance, de soutenir le tourisme local, d’aider à protéger des espèces importantes culturellement, ou de démontrer leur leadership parallèlement à d’autres types d’aires protégées.
Area of work: Biodiversity; Priority Group: Indigenous Peoples; Partnerships: ICCA-GSI; Theme: ICCAs, Traditional Knowledge; Type: Manual/How -to-Toolkit  

Filesize: 1.69 MB
Herramientas de apoyo para la conservación por pueblos indígenas y comunidades locales (Spanish version of ICCA Toolkit)

The ICCA toolkit was intitally published in English in 2013.  It is now available in Spanish and French.

The toolkit documents sixteen case studies and highlights innovative tools and approaches developed to help local communities address critical challenges that affect their natural and cultural resources. It includes a diverse set of resources organized around five key themes (documentation, management planning, monitoring and evaluation, communication, and finance and values). The publication also offers a suite of tools to support the effectiveness and viability of ICCAs as governance structures for the protection of biodiversity and ecosystems.

In addition to being a valuable resource to practitioners, the toolkit provides a reminder to policy-makers that the achievement of the emerging post-2015 sustainable development goals (SDGs) will need to be linked to a comprehensive valuation of ecosystem services, as well as to be spearheaded at the grassroots by local civil society initiatives.

Area of work: Biodiversity; Priority Group: Indigenous Peoples; Partnerships: COMPACT, ICCA-GSI; Theme: ICCAs, Protected Areas, Traditional Knowledge; Type: Manual/How -to-Toolkit  

Filesize: 5.15 MB
Community Approaches to Sustainable Land Management and Agroecology Practices

Sustainable Land Management is quickly becoming one of the largest portfolio of the SGP. Together with partners, the SGP supports community organizations to use approaches, techniques and methodologies in line with the principles of agroecology and climate-sensitive land resources management. In this publication, you will find good practices and approaches that has been tested and proven successful by SGP projects around the world. These initiatives have shown evidence on improved land management by communities, nested on traditional knowledge and innovation.
Community Based REDD+

The UN-REDD Programme in partnership with the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) established the Community Based REDD+ (CBR+) initiative to bring small grants of up to $50,000 to forest-dependent communities on the ground. The CBR+ initiative is a hands-on, bottom-up endeavour for genuine stakeholder engagement in REDD+. It also fosters synergies between local action and national policy for REDD+.
Making Waves: Community Solutions, Sustainable Oceans

“The struggle of poor and vulnerable communities against poverty, biodiversity depletion, environmental degradation, climate change devastation and poor governance may be slow and protracted, but their local solutions and innovations guarantee the future of the present and the next generation [...] Additional resource allocation and support to the global movement of local and indigenous land and sea managers is needed from the international community to consolidate local community achievements, and initiate and sustain more local actions together to address global challenges with scaled-up solutions and innovations.\" – Leonardo Rosario, Trowel Development Foundation
Small Grants Programme Annual Monitoring Report 2015 - 2016

This is the annual monitoring report 2015-2016 that captures the results of the completed projects during the reporting period.
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.

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

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