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July 26, 2018

Principal Secretary Ms. Susan Mochache hands over a cheque worth USD4m to representatives of SGP beneficiaries.

Principal Secretary Ms. Susan Mochache launched the 6th operational phase of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme in Kenya worth USD4m.

The GEF was launched in 1993 and is implemented by UNDP as a global program. It channels financial, technical and capacity building assistance directly to civil society organizations for activities that conserve the environment while at the same time enhancing people’s livelihoods.

Special consideration is given to projects that support women groups, the youth, indigenous persons and persons living with disabilities.  In this phase three ecological sensitive areas of global and national significance were selected for the implementation of the programme. These are; Lake Bogoria as part of the Kenya Lake system in the Great Rift Valley, the Sacred Mijikenda Kaya Forests, and the biodiversity rich marine ecosystem of Shimoni –Vanga seascape in Southern Kenya.

While these areas provide important ecosystem services to the country and are essential for the livelihoods of pastoralist, agricultural and fisher communities, they all present different levels of biodiversity loss and land degradation exacerbated by climate change.

The programme will support creation of synergies between individual grants by adopting a landscape or seascape approach, promote the establishment and effective operation of a multi stakeholder platform, develop knowledge management products that will highlight best practices and eco knowledge fairs.

It will also support improvement on food and nutrition security by supporting small scale agro and pastoral farmers to promote indigenous food consumption and diversification of staple foods in addition to application of sound agro ecological practices and principles, support sustainable grazing practices and herd management and lastly, strengthen governance of beach management units for improved management of fisheries.

During the launch three community projects were feted for being the Equator prize 2017 winners.  They were; Mikoko Pamoja from Kwale county, Kuruwitu from Kilifi county and Kibra Anti FGM activities and resource centre.

SGP is part of a worldwide program that operates in 125 countries and has provided technical and financial support to over 500 community based projects in various parts of the country.

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