Key Resources

The Global Support Initiative to territories and areas conserved by Indigenous Peoples and local communities

As a pilot initiative, this publication presents the work of the Global Support Initiative to ICCAs (ICCA-GSI) from 2014 (pilot phase) to 2022 (with Phase 2, rapid response to the COVID-19 pandemic). The ICCA-GSI is a multi-partnership initiative that is implemented by UNDP, through the Small Grants Progamme and funded by the Government of Germany, through its Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, nukleare Sicherheit und Verbraucherschutz, or BMUV). Key partners include the Secretariat of the CBD, the Global ICCA Consortium, the IUCN GPAP, and the UNEP WCMC. Additionally, Natural Justice and the IIED have played supporting roles with respect to the legal recognition of ICCAs, and to site-level governance assessments of protected and conserved areas (PCAs). Key areas include: (i) definition and threats to ICCAs; (ii) objective of the ICCA-GSI; (iii) coalition of global partners; (iv) methodologies and tools; (v) governance assessments; (vi) support in ICCAs to build resilience to pandemics and climate change; and (vii) country case studies from the ICCA-GSI.

BIODIVERSITY AT THE HEART OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

This brochure provides a snapshot of the Small Grant Programme’s Biodiversity portfolio and provides key results, an overview of the portfolio’s thematic areas and brief country examples. Initiatives are focusing on community-based biodiversity conservation and sustainable use.

GEF SMALL GRANTS PROGRAMME ANNUAL MONITORING REPORT 2021 - 2022 (Full Version)

The GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) has been providing financial and technical support to civil society and community-based organizations on innovative community-driven initiatives that address global environmental issues – such as biodiversity loss, climate change mitigation and adaptation, land degradation, international waters, and chemicals and waste management – while improving livelihoods. This report presents SGP’s results for the period 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022, based on the information from 127 SGP Country Programmes.

GEF SMALL GRANTS PROGRAMME ANNUAL MONITORING REPORT 2021 - 2022 (SUMMARY INFOGRAPHIC)

This is the infographic version of the SGP AMR 2021-2022. The GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) has been providing financial and technical support to civil society and community-based organizations on innovative community-driven initiatives that address global environmental issues – such as biodiversity loss, climate change mitigation and adaptation, land degradation, international waters, and chemicals and waste management – while improving livelihoods. This report presents SGP’s results for the period 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022, based on the information from 127 SGP Country Programmes.

RAISING FOREST VOICES: SGP COMMUNITY-BASED REDD+ INITIATIVE

This publication summarizes the experiences and lessons learned from 6 participating CBR+ countries during the pilot phase (Nigeria, DRC, Panama, Paraguay, Sri Lanka and Cambodia). A case study from each country represents a notable strategy for implementing REDD+ at the local level. These case studies, featuring action from the ground up, have demonstrated the importance of investing in Indigenous Peoples, young people, women, and other marginalized groups affected by climate change. These initiatives highlight the need to ensure that forest governance is participatory and inclusive, based on genuine partnerships and synergies with a wide range of stakeholders, and respect for local culture and traditions.

COMMUNITY-BASED CLIMATE SOLUTIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

This publication provides an overview of initiatives under SGP’s climate change portfolio which fall under the following thematic areas: 1. Renewable energy access for improved livelihoods 2. Forest conservation for carbon storage and livelihoods 3. Civil society mobilization in support of NDCs 4. Investing in youth empowerment 5. Mainstreaming resilience 6. Fostering innovation and knowledge exchange Several project examples from around the globe are presented to showcase achievements and best practices in developing community-based, low-carbon, climate-resilient solutions. These examples demonstrate the importance of investing in vulnerable populations including Indigenous Peoples, youth, women, persons with disabilities affected by climate change. They highlight SGP’s commitment to continue investing in and working with partners as a global catalyst to empower local communities using an inclusive and participatory approach that deliver tangible climate solutions, enhanced community ownership of projects, and formulate synergies with a range of stakeholders.

Community-based Micro-financing and Small Enterprises

The private sector has a key role to play in driving sustainable development. Micro, small and medium enterprises account for 90 percent of the private sector and more than 50 percent of employment globally. As such the sector provides an opportunity for innovative, inclusive and sustainable economic development. The Small Grants Programme facilitates partnerships between civil society, community-based organizations and the private sector to scale up and promote sustainability of community-led initiatives. This brochure provides a snapshot of SGP’s engagement with the private sector with a focus on community-based micro finance and micro, small and medium enterprises.

Local Action on Sustainable Land Management

​This publication presents an updated overview of the Small Grants Programme\'s (SGP) community-based approach and portfolio in the area of sustainable land management, as part of the overall UNDP\'s related portfolio, with special attention to gender and youth and a spotlight on the innovative partnership with SOS Sahel International, focusing on the Sahel region. It also includes a selection of case studies to showcase best practices and lessons learnt.

Youth in Action: Experiences from the Small Grants Programme

As we collectively address the global climate and nature crises, it is absolutely critical to engage youth as agents of change, creative entrepreneurs and innovators. Through education, science and technology, young people are scaling up their efforts and skills to accelerate concrete actions. Through the support and partnership provided by the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP), youth are acquiring knowledge and skills to build a more sustainable future, while actively engaging in developing a green and blue economy. This publication brings together great examples of youth innovations and intergenerational efforts on inclusive nature-based solutions to demonstrate SGP\'s approach to empowering young people through its grant-making process and encouraging their engagement in global issues such as climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution.

GEF SMALL GRANTS PROGRAMME RESULTS REPORT 2020-2021 (SUMMARY)

This infographic reports presents a summary of the key results achieved over the reporting period 2020-2021.

GEF SMALL GRANTS PROGRAMME RESULTS REPORT 2020-2021 (FULL VERSION)

This publication presents SGP results for the reporting period from July 1 2020 to June 30, 2021. A total of 1,260 new projects were approved for grant funding representing a total amount of US$39.39 million in both GEF and non-GEF funding. Of these, 1,001 new projects with a total amount of $31.75 million were supported by GEF funding. The report presents results under the GEF Focal Areas of biodiversity, climate change, sustainable land management, international waters and chemicals and waste and SGP’s grant-maker plus strategies.

The GEF Small Grants Programme: Local Action, Global Impact

This corporate brochure provides a brief overview of the Small Grants Programme and the results achieved by 2020.

Third Joint GEF-UNDP Evaluation of the Small Grants Programme - Illustrated Summary

This is an illustrated summary of the Third Joint GEF-UNDP Evaluation of the Small Grants Programme (SGP), which is the result of a collaborative effort between the Independent Evaluation Offices of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). This evaluation covered the period between July 2014 and December 2019, with the objective of building on the findings of and evaluating progress made since the second joint evaluation. It also aimed to report on the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of the SGP at both global and local levels.

Third Joint GEF-UNDP Evaluation of the Small Grants Programme

This report is the result of a collaborative effort between the Independent Evaluation Offices of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). It is the third joint evaluation of the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP), which is implemented by UNDP. The evaluation covered the period between July 2014 and December 2019, with the objective of building on the findings of and evaluating progress made since the second joint evaluation. It also aimed to report on the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of the SGP at both global and local levels.

Enhancing Climate Resilience: Experiences from the SGP's Community-Based Adaptation Programme

For the past 10 years, local communities and societies have been investing in resilience-building with support from the Small Grants Programme (SGP), which is supported by the Global Environment Facility and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme, with partnership and funding from the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). By enabling local communities to adapt to the impacts of climate change based on their specific environmental, social, and economic contexts, the Community-Based Adaptation Programme (CBA) has helped enhance climate resilience in 41 countries, including 37 Small Island Developing States. This publication showcases examples from the SGP’s CBA Programme and highlights the essential role of civil society organizations and local communities in building resilience and adapting to a changing climate at the local level.

Communities Conserving Wildlife

This publication provides a valuable account of how participation of local communities in the conservation of threatened species yields positive environmental and socio-economic results. Our planet is undergoing another mass extinction due to reasons widely known, including human activities such as deforestation, hunting, and overfishing. Much of the failure to arrest the loss of nature stem from the fact that the issue is highly complex and often requires concerted and integrated efforts from a range of stakeholders, including government, private sector and civil society. To this end, the Small Grants Programme (SGP) – a corporate programme of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) – has been supporting community-based actions with a focus on integrated initiatives that address global environmental issues, including conservation of threatened species. The case studies included in this publication provide a snapshot of the range of wildlife management measures supported by SGP across its global network. The cases also illustrate the ability of the SGP to mobilize civil society partners and empower community-based actors for the conservation of threatened species such as big cats, critically endangered monkeys, vultures and raptors, as well as marine species like cetaceans and sea turtles.

Small Grants Programme: 25 Years of Engagement with Indigenous Peoples

This publication provides an account of SGP’s experience working with Indigenous Peoples over the last twenty-five years. The publication celebrates past achievements and advances critical lessons that can be used in forging new partnerships with Indigenous Peoples in future programming cycles, including opportunities to employ blended finance solutions. Building on the learning-by-doing experience gained over six Operational Phases, combining resources from the GEF with those of other bilateral donors, the SGP has cumulatively delivered financial support to over 25,000 community-based projects with civil society organizations in 133 countries at the global level. Among those countries, Indigenous Peoples’ have been vital partners in at least 94 countries.

The GEF Small Grants Programme Annual Monitoring Report 2019-2020

This infographic reports presents a summary of the key results achieved over the reporting period 2019-2020

GEF SGP Annual Monitoring Report, Results Highlights 2019-2020

This summary report covers the reporting period from July 1 2019 to June 30, 2020. During the reporting period, a total of 986 new projects were approved for grant funding representing a total amount of USD 31.28 million in both GEF and non-GEF funding. The report presents results under the GEF Focal Areas of biodiversity, climate change, sustainable land management, international waters and chemicals and waste and SGP’s grant-maker plus strategies.

SGP Operational Guidelines- OP7

The Operational Guidelines are intended to assist SGP National Coordinators/Sub-Regional Coordinators (NCs), Programme Assistants (PAs), National Steering Committees (NSCs), GEF Operational Focal Points and other country level partners, UNDP Country Offices and National Host Institution (NHI), SGP Central Programme Management Team (CPMT), SGP Upgrading Country Programme teams, and UNOPS in programme implementation. They are based on the experience and knowledge gained both at the country and global levels over 25 years of SGP programme implementation. They provide the basic policy framework for SGP operations, including the structure, implementation, and governance of the programme. They also address the project cycle and grant disbursement.

The GEF Small Grants Programme Results Report 2018 - 2019

This is the Executive Summary of the Annual Monitoring Report 2018-2019.

Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining and Mercury Management

BROCHURE ABOUT THE ASGM INNOVATION PROGRAMME To support the implementation of the Minamata Convention at community level, in line with the strategies of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on chemicals and waste management, the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) seeks to pilot and test innovative community-based mercury reduction and management practices. These specifically address the prevention, reduction, and elimination of mercury use and contamination, and promotion of safe handling of mercury-containing products. Since 2011, SGP has supported 66 mercury management projects with a total funding of more than $2 million. In July 2018, SGP launched an innovation programme on ASGM to address mercury contamination and its threat to the ecosystem and the health of poor and vulnerable populations. SGP has combined its country-driven approach with proactive global support on capacity development, knowledge sharing, and networking within SGP and beyond with partners in the implementation of this programme. With a total funding of $2 million to catalyze actions in this emerging area, this ASGM Innovation Program is implemented in the following seven countries, in close collaboration with the Global Opportunities for Long-term Development in Artisanal and Small Scale Mining Programme (GEF GOLD) and other partners including Zero Mercury Working Group. Other countries may join at a later stage.

Plastics and Circular Economy: Community Solutions

This publication captures SGP’s experiences and lessons learned on plastics management, spanning not only the area of chemical and waste management, but also international waters and biodiversity conservation. The projects focus on implementing a circular economy either through recycling, reducing and reusing plastics for new products, influencing consumer use and behavior, or developing better waste collection and management practices at the community level. Some of these initiatives have also been scaled up in partnership with government and private sector. The 10 cases included in this publication show that local communities and grassroots solutions are already contributing to the implementation of the circular economy concept by providing circular solutions to plastic waste problems through community-based actions to “reduce, reuse and recycle” plastics, known as “3Rs” ranking by the priority of actions.

Local Solutions: adapting to climate change in SIDS

In 2009 the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) entered into a partnership Australian Aid to improve the climate resilience of local communities in 42 countries, including 37 SIDS. The goals of the programme are to: reduce the vulnerability and improve the adaptive capacity of local communities to the adverse impacts of climate change; provide countries with concrete ground level experience on local climate change adaptation; and provide clear policy lessons and mainstream community-based adaptation (CBA) within national processes, and scale up best practices. This brochure provides a summary of the portfolio and results.

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.

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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