In Georgia, the GEF Small Grants Programme was launched in 2012. Its current phase (2016-2018) is allocating US$ 600 thousand to the initiatives with a geographic scope of the Greater and Lesser Caucasus Mountains, Black Sea coast and Georgia's semi-arid regions.
The programme is focused on the environmental and development areas, such as community landscape and seascape conservation, climate-smart innovative agro-ecology, access to low carbon energy, local to global chemical management coalitions. The programme also supports the initiatives that promote cooperation between the government and civil society, help establish policy and planning dialogue platforms and contribute to the global knowledge management, gender mainstreaming and the engagement of youth and people with disabilities.
More information is available on the GEF Small Grants Programme Georgia website.
Results so far
Since 2012, the GEF Small Grants Programme has supported over 30 local initiatives in Georgia with the overall funding of up to USD 750 thousand. Along with the environmental benefits, all projects contributed to poverty reduction and livelihood improvement, capacity development of the local civil society organizations, gender equality and women’s empowerment. The priority areas included:
- Biodiversity conservation
- Climate change
- International waters
- Land degradation