A building workshop for the Operational Phase 6 of the Global Environment Facility (G.E.F.) and Small Grant Programme (S.G.P.) was officially opened yesterday.
The Sustainable Development Agenda provides a pathway for national governments to move towards a more environmentally-sensitive approach to economic growth and social development.
United Nations Resident Coordinator, Lizbeth Cullity said the programme fits in well with S.G.P’s overall objective – ‘Global environmental secured through community-based initiatives and actions’
“S.G.P. supports the empowerment of vulnerable communities to lead their own environmentally sustainable development through sustainable interventions,” she said.
“Today G.E.F.- S.G.P. capacity building workshops aim to orient, inform and build capacity of the shortlisted applicants in advancing your concept notes to full proposals.
Over the past 12 years, when GEF-SGP was first established in Samoa, it has supported environmental programmes delivering an estimated $6 million tala for a total of 162 small grants projects on climate knowledge and advocacy, capacity building, technology transfer, adaptation and mitigation.
“The workshop will generate powerful and influential community actions that can be replicated in other communities with the hop that the newly introduced ‘grant maker plus’ function will empower other partners.
“Whether from the donor community or other sectors to work alongside the S.G.P. to secure harmonized efforts towards saving degraded environment.
It is believed that at the end of the workshop, participants will be able to understand better the overview of G.E.F. – S.G.P. Operational Phase 6 and be able to complete the proposal form.
“I wish to emphasize that this is an excellent opportunity to thank the Government of Samoa especially the Prime Minister, Tuilaepa for continued support in advancing the Call for Climate Change.
Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele encouraged participants to make the most of the opportunity.