One third of the world's terrestrial surface is covered by forests
The International Day of Forests celebrates and raises awareness about the importance of forests and trees for our planet. One third of the world's terrestrial surface is covered by forests, supporting livelihoods for more than 1.6 billion people and hosting half of the world's land-based species of fauna…read more
In March 2014, the world celebrated International Women's Day
On March 8, 2014 the world is celebrating International Women's Day with this year's theme highlighting the importance of women and gender equality as agents of economic and social development. This emphasis comes in the light of increasing recognition that women's participation typically leads to better…read more
World Wildife Day honors wild fauna and flora
World Wildife Day, which was celebrated on March 3rd, 2014 for the first time, honors the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and raises awareness about the wide-ranging ecosystem benefits they provide. This day was chosen to commemorate the signing of the…read more
SIDS have always faced a range of peculiar challenges...
SMALL ISLAND DEVELOPING STATES (SIDS) have always faced a range of particular challenges and vulnerabilities – isolation, limited land, and shortage of resources – which rendered the pursuit of sustainable development to be more complex. Recently, climate change effects such as sea…read more
Clarendon had long struggled with sustainable water supply ...
Australian High Commissioner Ross Tysoe, who was in Jamaica during the Diplomatic week in Kingston last week, took the opportunity to visit one of the Small Grants Programme's (SGP) community-based adaptation (CBA) projects in Pleasant Valley, - an area which had long struggeled with sustainable water supply issues.…read more
The Naghadeh wetlands were once a green and watery area...
Lake Urmia, one of the world's largest hypersaline lakes, has been suffering from shrinkage for decades but when its satellite wetlands in the south showed signs of severe degradation, a group of ex-hunters and teachers sounded the alarm bell. Being ex-hunters, they knew about the ecological values of…read more
Marine ecosystems have been seriously affected by illegal fishing...
Ms. Gökmen Argun, National Coordinator of SGP Turkey, was invited to share Turkey's experience on promoting sustainable, recreational fishing practices at a workshop convened by MEDPAN, the Network of Marine Protected Area Managers in the Mediterranean. The presentation was part of the 2013 Mediterranean Experience…read more
|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.|