Local Solutions

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.


Supporting Climate Resilience and Transformational Change in the Agriculture Sector in Bhutan

Given its geographic location and mountainous terrain, Bhutan is particularly vulnerable to changes in climate.
With the goal enhancing the resilience of smallholder farms, in particular to shifting rainfall patterns and frequent extreme weather events, this project, led by Bhutan's Gross National Happiness Commission, focuses on three complementary outcomes:
Promoting resilient agricultural practices in the face of changing climate patterns

Supporting Climate Resilient Livelihoods in Agricultural Communities in Drought-Prone Areas of Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan is a water stressed country with one of the harshest climates in the Central Asian region. Climate change modeling indicates significant increases in temperature and reduction in rainfall. This will lead to a decrease in total volume of water availability that is likely to have a profound impact on agricultural production systems and local farmers. The long-term solution envisaged by the Government of Turkmenistan is to mainstream climate change adaptation in order to secure climate resilient livelihoods in agricultural communities.