10 April, 2018. Samoa – In 2015, a group of local youth decided that something had to be done about the gradual decline of their environment. They realised that the negative effects of both climate change and human activity would continue, if they didn’t step up and do something.

Those youth were a part of the Youth Climate Action Network (YCAN), which applied for funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), Small Grants Programme (SGP) to help them tackle the environmental issues in their villages – such as waste management, rehabilitating degraded mangroves, and replanting areas which have been affected by intensive el nino effects.

Under Operational Phase 5 of the GEF-SGP fund, YCAN were granted US$47,500.00 to carry out their initiative which is set to end in December of this year.

YCAN is just one example of past recipients of the GEF-SGP fund, and if you’re part of an organisation, community group, or village that wants to put a community focused project into action, then now could be that time.

The GEF SPG is now inviting proposals for Operational Phase 6, and is currently holding outreach workshops for interested applicants. Today the first workshop was held at the  TATTE Convention Centre with an impressive turnout, with the Hon Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Natural Resources and Environment, Fiame Naomi Mataafa, was present to deliver the keynote speech.

Proposals are strongly encouraged from Environmental Oriented Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) including Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs), scientific and technological organizations, community based organizations (CBOs) such as village and island councils, women and youth groups, faith based organisations, farming and environmental societies – to name a few.

The next outreach workshop will be held on Thursday, 12th April in Savaii, 9:00am – 12:30pm at the

To find out more about the application guidelines and proposal deadlines, vist UNDP or read the Guidance note here.





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