• Five SGP grantee partners receive the Equator Prize 2015

    Five indigenous people organizations supported by the GEF Small Grants Programme were honored yesterday at the Equator Prize award winning ceremony held at the Mogador Theater in Paris during the Climate Change Conference of the Parties organized by the UNFCCC. 

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  • Winners of the Global Youth Video Competition are recognized at COP21

    December 4, 2015, Paris, France - Yesterday was the award ceremony for the two finalist of the Global Youth Video Competition, an event organized by theAction for Climate Empowerment (ACE) from the UNFCCC secretariat, in partnership with Television for the Environment (tve) and supported by the Global Environment Facility’s…

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  • SGP highlights the actions of Local Communities at the UNCCD COP12 in Ankara, Turkey

    On October 12th, the GEF Small Grants Programme organized a side event at the twelfth global conference of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 12) in Ankara Turkey. The event was chaired by Adriana Dinu, Executive Coordinator of the UNDP GEF, who opened the session, introduced the panelists and presented…

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  • SGP launches in Colombia

    Bogotá, July 15 2015 - The GEF Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) was launched in Colombia with the participation of Mr. Gabriel Vallejo, Minister of Environment of Colombia, Mr. Arnaud Peral, Resident Representative of UNDP in Colombia, Mr. Alejandro Gamboa, Director of the Presidential Agency for Cooperation and Pilar…

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  • Youth Video Competition for Paris 2015 Launched on UN World Environment Day

    Bonn, 5 June 2015 — Starting today, young people around the globe are invited to share what they are doing to combat climate change in the Global Youth Video Competition on Climate Change. Two winners will get a trip to the UN Climate Change Conference in the French capital in December (COP21), where they will join the…

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  • Conserving Timor Leste's Rich Forest Cover

    Timor Leste's lush rain forests and hardwoods have long been a major resource for its communities. Mirroring similar trends across the world, however, the island's forest cover has decreased by an estimated 50-70%, - or by almost 30 percent between 1972 and 1999 alone. This leaves around 41 percent of Timor-Leste's land…

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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.

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Sgp voices

Chad - SOS Elephants
Mongolia - Prevention of Plastic Burning and Wood Saving
Thailand - Community Forest Rehabilitation

Our stories

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Trading Ghost Nets for Sustainable Fishing Gear, G...

Artisanal fishing with ghost nets (abandoned or discarded fish nets) has long been practiced along Guinea Bissau's Cacheu River. Rich in large and diverse fish ... read more
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Women Salt Producers Advance Solar Technique...

Every year during the dry season from December to April, the women in South Benin's Ouidah region scrape the salty marshland to create highly concentrated salt ... read more

Featured Publications

20 anniversary cover 20 Years: Community Action for the Global Environment

This publication reviews the results achieved by the GEF Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) over the last two decades (1992-2012), and recounts the ground gained in supporting communities and civil society organizations in their efforts to implement environment-cum-development initiatives.    ...read more