UNDP Small Grants Programme (SGP) Inaugurated (Download PDF)


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A Workshop on MoEFCC-Global Environment Facility, UNDP Small Grants Programme (SGP) was inaugurated in New Delhi by Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC). UNDP has been supporting the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change (MoEFCC) in implementing the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and financed Small Grants Programme (SGP) in India since 1997.

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What is UNDP Small Grants Programme (SGP)?

  • Projects under the SGP are implemented through a National Host Institution – Centre for Environment Education (CEE), and other NGO partners and stakeholders that has presence in different parts of the country.

  • MOEFCC, GEF UNDP – SGP has been operational for over 25 years and is being implemented throughout the country. The SGP has been working extensively in the areas of biodiversity conservation, climate change and land degradation.

Aim of UNDP Small Grants Programme (SGP)

  • Prevent environment degradation such as the destruction of ecosystems and the species that depends upon them, increasing level of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, pollution of international waters, land degradation and the spread of persistent organic pollutants are life.

  • Support poor and vulnerable communities most at risk, as they are directly dependent on natural resources for their livelihoods and subsistence. SGP in India aims to support these vulnerable communities through community led approaches towards environmental conservation and livelihoods enhancement.

  • As one of the upgraded SGP Country Programmes, SGP India has supported 112 community-based projects that benefited more than 400,000 people across the country.

  • In addition to improving the functioning and productivity of local ecosystems through better resource use practices and restoration activities, SGP projects in India also contributed and resulted in economic, social, and political benefits, access to credit including job creation and expanded local markets, grater social cohesion and community self- reliance, political and social empowerment and increased food security.

Achievements of the UNDP Small Grants Programme (SGP)

  • 110,000 hectares of land brought under sustainable land and resource management in the Western Ghats, Himalayan Front and Arid and Semi-Arid Regions through sustainable measures such as organic farming and community managed enterprises for non-timber forest products; improved agricultural, land and water management practices; and promotion of sustainable income generation activities among the small farm holders, below

  • 85,000 MTs of CO2 emissions reduced through a range of alternative energy and energy efficient technologies such as efficient cook stoves, solar driers, and briquetting units, plastic wasters recycling units, micro-hydro, biomass, and pine needle-based energy options, which resulted in enhancing the livelihoods of poor and marginalized communities.

- Published/Last Modified on: April 15, 2019


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