Launched in 1992, SGP supports activities of non-governmental and community-based organizations in developing countries towards climate change abatement, conservation of biodiversity, protection of international waters, reduction of the impact of persistent organic pollutants and prevention of land degradation while generating sustainable livelihoods.
At present, 136 countries participate in SGP, at global level, having ratified the conventions on biological diversity and climate change. With more than 12,000 grants awarded worldwide, SGP supports projects of non-governmental and community-based organizations, demonstrating that community action can maintain the fine balance between human needs and environmental imperatives.
To date the programme funding from the GEF is approximately US$401 million. In addition, the programme has raised US$ 407 million from other partners in-cash or in-kind equivalents.
SGP features decentralized decision-making about grant awards, based in strategic direction by a voluntary National Steering Committee in each participating country.
The GEF SGP was launched in Romania in December 2004 and awarded so far 94 grants, with a total value of USD 3 095 556. To this amount a co-financing of USD 3 229 422was attracted (1 926 198 in cash and 1 303 225 in kind).
During its activity SGP Romania provided financial and technical support directly to NGOs and CBOs for activities aimed to conserve and restore the environment, that contribute also to enhancing people’s well-being and community empowerment. The funded projects involved a combination of the following components: capacity building; demonstration or piloting of community income generating activities to support environmental objectives; awareness raising and information dissemination.
Romanian projects contribute to sustainable community development inside and around protected areas; development of eco- and agri-tourism; sustainable use of natural resources; waste management pilot initiatives; rising awareness on climate change and other environmental issues; promotion of renewable energy sources; wetland protection; promotion of ecological, organic and sustainable farming; management of medical POPs waste.
The projects’ beneficiaries were mainly the local communities, as well as the NGOs and CBOs in the implementation areas. Over 100 NGOs, 10 CBOs and 100 communities (with 400.000 individuals out of which 35% women) were direct beneficiaries of the projects.
Main elements contributing to the successful implementation of SGP projects consisted in:
sound partnerships established with the local public authorities (80) , with administrators / custodians of protected areas (31), local/regional environmental protection agencies (10), RNP units (15), education institutions (35), private sector (30).
constant and consistent support provided by the local communities.
Details about programme strategic document and implementation status can be found at http://sgp-romania.ro/ in Romanian language.
The list of all projects funded by GEF SGP in Romania you can find here.