Promoting action to build resilient and sustainable island communities

GEF Small Grants Programme Implemented by UNDP

The GEF Small Grants Programme was established in 1992, the year of the Rio Earth Summit, and 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.

SGP recognizes that environmental degradation such as the increasing levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, the destruction of ecosystems and the species that depend upon them, the pollution of international waters, land degradation, and the spread of persistent organic pollutants are life-threatening challenges that endanger us all. However, poor and vulnerable communities which are SGP's primary stakeholders are most at risk because of their dependence on access to natural resources for their livelihoods.

Grants up to $50,000 directly are provided in this programme to local communities and indigenous people, community-based organisations and other non-governmental groups for projects that engage in issues of Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, Biodiversity, Land Degradation and Sustainable Forest Management, International Waters and Chemicals. https://sgp.undp.org/