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Funding Options for Adaptation
Small Grants Programme (SGP)
Funding Source Other UN Organizations
Focal Sector/s Biodiversity and terrestrial ecosystems; water; population and human settlements; food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries
Nature of disbursement Grant
Cofinancing No
Eligible Region Africa, Asia-Pacific, South and Central America, Small Island Developing States, Least Developed Countries
Summary Note The Global Environment Facility's Small Grants Programme aims to deliver global environmental benefits in the GEF Focal Areas of biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation, protection of international waters, prevention of land degradation (primarily desertification and deforestation), and elimination of persistent organic pollutants through community-based approaches. Grants are made directly to community-based organizations (CBOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in recognition of the key role they play as a resource and constituency for environment and development concerns. The maximum grant amount per project is USD 50,000, but averages around USD 20,000. Grants are channeled directly to CBOs and NGOs.
  • Vaiusu village mangrove is the most highly degraded mangrove area in Samoa. The growing population of families living along the coastal area has either reclaimed much of the mangrove or the areas have been used as a dumpsite for village disposal of municipal waste. The overall goal of the SGP project (currrently under execution) is the replanting of the mangrove area along the whole of Vaiusu Bay, as part of a large restoration project, which is intended to cover the neighboring villages of Vaigaga. The project will be the largest mangrove rehabilitation for Samoa and restore and improve biodiversity condition of the existing Vaiusu village mangrove area. (Samoa)
  • The SGP project in Tanzania has been developed to address the water related conflicts which are associated with water scarcity in areas on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. With the increase in population and investment, there is increasing water demand from agriculture and industrial sectors. This project focuses on increasing availability of water for irrigation. The primary objective of this project is to demonstrate the use of treated municipal waste water as a potential source of water for irrigation to reduce pressure on fresh water resources. (Tanzania)
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