GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP)

 The Small Grants Programme has funded 201 environmental conservation initiatives including 66 biodiversity conservation projects and 56 climate change mitigation projects.

It is local communities in the developing world who are often the first to feel the effects of environmental degradation and climate change. The realisation that they are at the forefront of efforts to prevent and reverse damage to the environment led to the setting up of the Global Environment Facility's Small Grants Programme in 1992. The programme was started following the Rio Earth Summit and has so far given out 14,500 grants to local initiatives to conserve the environment in 125 developing countries...Read More

What have we accomplished so far

In 2017, UNDP and GEF is supporting 11 small grants projects.

These projects include a wide array of initiatives, including the Smriti Brikshya campaign—planting trees in the memory of loved ones to promote the Indigenous Community Conserved Area (ICCA) in the Khumbu region. Other projects include the management of hospital waste in Chitwan and conservation of the Brija wetland in Kapilvastu.... Read More


From pilots to policies: Improving medical waste management

With support from the GEF Small Grants Programme implemented by UNDP, the Center for Public Health and Environmental Development has launched a project to demonstrate best practices in avoiding waste burning and raising awareness on pollutants more 

Parched no more

Zero-energy hydrams installed by the Global Environment Facility’s Small Grants Programme and the Center for Rural Technology Nepal have enabled irrigation for the benefit of vegetable farmers in rural Kavremore 

This "vulture restaurant" set up with GEF-SGP support has boosted both conservation and livelihoods in Nawalparasimore 

Sale of rice husk stoves on the rise

Rice husk stoves have been gaining popularity in the Terai region. Metal Nepal, a Bhairahawa based enterprise with its 60 employers produces 300 stoves in onemore 

Bishnu Maya Shrestha at her vegetable farm. Photo: UNDP Nepal
Farmers’ Field School in Bara

Farmers’ Field School is a new concept in Nepalese agriculture promoted by the Multi-dimensional Resource Centre (MRC),  an NGO and a grantee supported by the UNDPmore 

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