Support to effective launching and establishment of the GEF small grants programme operations in Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan formally applied to host the GEF Small Grants Programme in 2005. The country was accepted into the Programme in 2007 and appraisal mission took place in October 2007. In light of the importance of the SGP GEF for the country’s development priorities and necessity to apply rigorous efforts in solid establishment of the Programme’s operations, the present project aims to put additional efforts in building country’s stakeholders capacity to recognize environment and development linkages and act accordingly in line with the SGP GEF frameworks. The project will support first three years of the SGP GEF operations for its solid implantation into agenda of the environmental non-government and community-based organization in Uzbekistan
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.
Founded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) as a corporate programme, SGP is implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on behalf of the three GEF implementing agencies, and executed by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).
At present, 101 countries participate in SGP having ratified the conventions on biological diversity and climate change.
The maximum grant amount per project is US$50,000, but averages around US$20,000. Grants are channeled directly to CBOs and NGOs.
SGP features decentralized decision-making about grant awards, based in strategic direction by a voluntary National Steering Committee in each participating country.
The principle objectives of the Small Grants Programme are to:
- Develop community-level strategies and implement technologies that could reduce threats to the global environment if they are replicated over time.
- Gather lessons from community-level experience and initiate the sharing of successful community-level strategies and innovations among CBOs and NGOs, host governments, development aid agencies, GEF and others working on a regional or global scale.
- Build partnerships and networks of stakeholders to support and strengthen community, NGO and national capacities to address global environmental problems and promote sustainable development.
- Ensure that conservation and sustainable development strategies and projects that protect the global environment are understood and practised by communities and other key stakeholders.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT SMALL GRANTS’ PROGRAMME WEBSITE: WWW.SGP.UZ