Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme Maldives
The Small Grants Programme (SGP) is a corporate programme of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) since 1992. SGP grant making in over 125 countries promotes community-based innovation, capacity development, and empowerment through sustainable development projects of local civil society organizations with special consideration for indigenous peoples, women, and youth. SGP has supported over 20,000 community-based projects in biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation and adaptation, prevention of land degradation, protection of international waters, and reduction of the impact of chemicals, while generating sustainable livelihoods.
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) in the Maldives was launched in 2010, with US $ 150,000 in grant funds
To date GEF SGP has funded 77 community based projects in 32 different islands across the Maldives. These projects target diverse objectives including;
- Conservation of endangered species such as marine turtles and sea birds, and restoration and protection of sensitive habitats such as mangroves, beaches and coral reefs.
- Establishment of proper waste management in an effort to prevent pollution and degradation of these sensitive habitats
- Switching from chemical intensive agriculture to organic and more sustainable methods
- Piloting of renewable energy options and,
- Promoting education, awareness raising and capacity building of civil society organizations and communities in the GEF focal areas.
The SGP supports small scale projects that conserve and restore the environment, while enhancing people's well-being and livelihoods, taking into consideration gender, vulnerability and equality concerns.