Under this outcome area UNDP is working to promote local solutions for the global environment through small grants projects.
UNDP-GEF has been a stalwart supporter of GEF SGP since the beginning, first as a proponent of a special GEF window for civil society organizations in the global south, and then as its implementing agency for over 20 years. Over the last two decades, GEF SGP, working closely with UNDP COs, has awarded over 14,500 grants, supporting community-based initiatives to achieve global environmental benefits in: Biodiversity Conservation, Climate Change Mitigation, International Waters Protection, Sustainable Land Management and Sound Chemicals Management.
GEF SGP channels up to USD 50,000 directly to communities as a fast and efficient delivery modality. GEF SGP provides financing directly to poor and vulnerable communities to catalyze innovation in addressing local and global environmental and development challenges. The programme's decentralized governance and decision making structure is designed to foster civil society and community initiative and ownership in support of sustainable development objectives.
As a result of the 2009 GEF policy on upgrading GEF SGP Country Programmes, UNDP-GEF is assisting an initial cohort of ten Country Programmes in Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Cost Rica, Ecuador, India, Kenya, Mexico, Pakistan, and Philippines, with total resources of USD 41 .6 million to transition to greater autonomy and capacity for resource mobilization, strategic programming, participation in policy discussions and advocacy.