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“Acting locally, conserving globally”
Launched in 1992, the year of the Rio Earth Summit, the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) is a corporate program, implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and executed by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).
GEF primarily works in five focal areas: conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, protection of international waters, reduction of chemicals such as persistent organic pollutants (POPs), and prevention of land degradation, including sustainable forest management. Adaptation to climate change activities are funded by the GEF Strategic Priority for Adaptation and other donors.
Launched in 1992, SGP supports activities of non-governmental and community-based organizations in developing countries towards climate change abatement, conservation of biodiversity , protection of international waters , reduction of the impact of persistent organic pollutants and and prevention of land degradation while generating sustainable livelihoods.
Funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) as a corporate programme, SGP is implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on behalf of the GEF partnership, and is executed by the United Nations Office for Project Services ( UNOPS ).
SGP has evolved significantly as a global programme over the past twenty-one years (1992-2013). Its history can be traced through a pilot and five subsequent operational phases, which correspond to funding replenishments from the GEF, as a process of global and local adaptive management. During the pilot phase (1992–1996), the first SGP country programmes were established in 33 countries and hosting arrangements were made in UNDP Country Offices (CO) or nongovernmental national host institutions (NHI). The maximum grant amount was set at $US 50,000 – which has proven to be an appropriate ceiling for NGO and CBO funding over the next twenty-one years – with average grant amounts of well under $US 25,000 in these phases.