The Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP)

Project Overview

 Stakeholders at the Hope Zoo and Botanical Gardens mark the unveiling of a sign indicating the GEF SGP-funded Hope Zoo Preservation Biodiversity Project, which provides capacity building for the preservation of indigenous wildlife. Photo Credit: UNDP Jamaica.

The GEF SGP has been working in Jamaica since the programme’s official launch in 2005.

The programme provides grant funding to community based organizations and non-governmental organizations to help them protect the environment, adapt to the challenges posed by climate change and generate sustainable livelihoods for vulnerable communities across the island.

The programme is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), implemented by UNDP on behalf of the GEF partnership, and is executed by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).

GEF-SGP has supported projects across a number of parishes in Jamaica. Projects include rainwater harvesting, sustainable agriculture, land management and watershed protection, renewable energy and biodiversity conservation.

Some Achievements So Far

 Members of the Jeffrey Town Farmers Association, a GEF SGP grantee, receive the prestigious Equator Prize Award from UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark in a 2014 ceremony in New York. Photo Credit: UNDP

More than 110 projects funded so far

One GEF SGP grantee in Jamaica, the Jeffrey Town Farmers Association, has achieved global recognition as the recipient of the prestigious UNDP Equator Prize - a global award which recognizes and advances local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities.

Strengthened partnerships by forming alliances with government agencies, civil society organizations, communities, academic and research institutions, and donors, which allow the projects to achieve its goals and are beneficial to all parties

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