Date: 17 October 2012
The ‘TRY Oyster Women’s Association’, a community based organization (CBO) from the Gambia, was awarded the Equator Prize 2012 at the Equator Initiative’s award ceremony held at the Rio+20 Summit. A grant recipient of the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP), implemented by UNDP, the Association received the Equator Prize for its project ‘Conservation and sustainable management of the mangrove ecosystem of the TANBI National park and periphery communities’.
GEF SGP provided technical support to the grantee as well as financing of US$ 20,000 under the biodiversity focal area. In addition, the grantee organization raised co-financing of US$ 15,733 in cash and in kind. As a result of this project, the CBO planted over 25,000 mangrove seedlings covering about seven hectares in 2011. Between January and September 2012, the CBO already reported the planting of 27,000 mangrove seedlings covering an area of about nine hectares.
The Coordinator expressed the association’s gratitude to the GEF Small Grants Programme, UNDP, the Office of The Vice President and Women’s Affairs, the Board members of the association, the WWF Country Office, the National Association of Credit Unions of The Gambia (NACUG), the Department of Parks and Wildlife Management, and the Fisheries Department, all of which participated in this ceremony, for their invaluable support.
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About the GEF
The GEF unites 182 countries in partnership with international institutions, civil society organizations (CSOs), and the private sector to address global environmental issues while supporting national sustainable development initiatives. Today the GEF is the largest public funder of projects to improve the global environment. An independently operating financial organization, the GEF provides grants for projects related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer, and persistent organic pollutants.
Since 1991, GEF has achieved a strong track record with developing countries and countries with economies in transition, providing $10 billion in grants and leveraging $47 billion in co-financing for over 2,800 projects in over 168 countries. For more information, visit www.thegef.org.
About the GEF Small Grants Programme
Launched in 1992, GEF SGP supports activities of nongovernmental 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.
Since its creation, GEF SGP has provided over 14,500 grants to communities in over 125 developing countries. Funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) as a corporate programme, GEF SGP is implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on behalf of the GEF partnership, and is executed by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).
- Tamara Tschentscher, KM and Communications Consultant, GEF SGP,
- John Diamond, Senior Communication Officer& Spokesperson, Global Environment Facility
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