GEF Small Grants  Programme

Environmental and sustainable development benefits through community based actions

Photo: David Khizanishvili/UNDP

Summary

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) is a successful mechanism for generating global environmental and sustainable development benefits through community based actions. The programme focuses on the major environmental issues, such as biodiversity conservation, climate change, international waters, land degradation, chemicals and wastes. Along with the environmental benefits, it contributes to poverty reduction, livelihood improvement, gender equality and women’s empowerment. The GEF Small Grants Programme is carefully tailored to the specific needs of each country and its strategy is designed jointly by various stakeholders, including donors, government, civil society and academia.

Activities

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
  • Chemicals

Contact information 

Project address

15 Paliashvili Street
Tbilisi 0179 Georgia

Contact persons

Ana Shubitidze
Project Manager
ana.shubitidze@undp.org

Lia Tergiashvili
Programme Assistant
lia.tergiashvili@undp.org

Nino Antadze
UNDP Environment & Energy Team Leader
nino.antadze@undp.org

Photos

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Tree planting in Kazbegi. Photo: Vladimir Valishvili/UNDP
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Tree planting in Kazbegi. July 2018. Photo: Vladimir Valishvili/UNDP
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Botanical garden renovation in Zugdidi. November 2015. Photo: Vladimir Valishvili/UNDP
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Solar water heating in kindergartens. November 2015. Photo: Vladimir Valishvili/UNDP
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Community initiatives in Abastumani. December 2015. Photo: Vladimir Valishvili/UNDP
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Greening Tbilisi courtyards. June 2018. Photo: Vladimir Valishvili/UNDP
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Conservation of Colkhis pheasants. 2014. Photo: Vladimir Valishvili/UNDP
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Biodiversity monitoring in the Lagodekhi protected areas. 2014. Photo: David Khizanishvili/UNDP
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Community practices in plastic waste manage in Kharagauli. 2015. Photo: Vladimir Valishvili/UNDP
Status Ongoing
Start date June 2015
End date June 2019
Focus area Environment & Energy
Implementing partners Ministry of Environmental Protection & Agriculture of Georgia. Non-governmental and community-based organizations
Donor Global Environment Facility (GEF)
Budget US$ 887,151

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