Launch of Community Based Adaptation Programme and Awards Ceremony

14 Dec 2012

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The Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today launched the Belize Community Based Adaptation (CBA) Programme funded by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), Government of Australia.  Mr. Daniel Alemu, Assistant Resident Representative, UNDP and Hon. Lisel Alamilla, Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development provided encouraging remarks on this auspicious occasion and thanked all the agencies and partners involved in facilitating Belize‚Äôs adaptation to climate change.

The launch was preceded on 13th December 2012 by an Orientation Workshop for potential grantee partners.  The orientation will enable the participating organizations to apply for grant funding from the new CBA Programme which has received a country grant allocation of US$120,000.

At the brief ceremony held today at the George Price Center for Peace and Development, grant awards were also presented to the GEF SGP and COMPACT Programme grantee partners funded in 2012. The thirteen grants awarded today add up to $BZE 1,088,415.00 (One Million Eighty Eight Thousand Four Hundred and Fifteen Dollars).

Established in 1992, the year of the Rio Earth Summit, the GEF Small Grants Programme embodies the very essence of sustainable development by "thinking globally acting locally". By providing financial and technical support to projects that conserve and restore the environment while enhancing people's well-being and livelihoods, GEF SGP demonstrates that community action can maintain the fine balance between human needs and environmental imperatives.

GEF SGP recognizes that environmental degradation such as the destruction of ecosystems and the species that depend upon them, increasing levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, pollution of international waters, land degradation and the spread of persistent organic pollutants are life-threatening challenges that endanger us all. However, poor and vulnerable communities - SGP's primary stakeholders - are most at risk because they depend on access to natural resources for their livelihoods and often live in fragile ecosystems.

The GEF Small Grants Programme provides grants of up to BZ$100,000 directly to civil society organizations such as NGOs, community-based organizations, local communities including indigenous people, and other non-governmental groups for projects in the GEF Focal Areas of Biodiversity protection, Climate Change mitigation, addressing Land Degradation and promoting Sustainable Forest Management, protection of Icternational Waters and reducing the use of harmful Chemicals.

In 1999, GEF SGP and United Nations Foundation joined forces and launched a partnership initiative entitled Community Management of Protected Areas Conservation Programme, (COMPACT).The main objective of COMPACT is to demonstrate that community based initiatives can significantly increase the effectiveness of biodiversity conservation in globally significant protected areas, including World Heritage Sites, Biosphere Reserves and globally important marine coral reefs.  In Belize, COMPACT provides grants for community-based projects that reduce threats to the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System World Heritage Site.  We congratulate all grant recipients and wish them continued success in the implementation of these projects.

Contact Information

For more information on the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP), the Community Management of Protected Areas Conservation Programme (COMPACT) and the Belize Community Based Adaptation Programme please visit www.sgp.undp.org or email gefsgp@btl.net.