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History & Establishment

History & Establishment

The SGP funds, which do not exceed US$50,000, are eligible for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community based organizations (CBS) in recognition of the key role they play as a resource and constituency for environment and development concerns.

The areas supported by SGP are identical to those supported by the GEF: biodiversity, climate change and international waters.

In 2002, two additional focal area have been added, which are: land degradation and persistent organic pollutants.

Each of these five focal points has operational sub-programmes as follows:


  • OP 1: Arid and Semi-arid Ecosystems
  • OP 2: Coastal, Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems
  • OP 3: Forest Ecosystems
  • OP 4: Mountain Ecosystems
  • OP 13: Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity Important to Agriculture

Climate Change

  • OP 5: Removing Barriers to Energy Conservation and Energy Efficiency
  • OP 6: Promoting the Adoption of Renewable Energy by Removing Barriers and Reducing Implementation Costs
  • OP 7: Reducing the Long-Term Costs of Low Greenhouse Gas Emitting Energy Technologies
  • OP 11: Promoting Environmentally Sustainable Transport

International Waters

  • OP 8: Water Body-Based Programme
  • OP 9: Integrated Land and Water Multiple Focal Areas
  • OP 10: Contaminant-Based Programme

Land Degradation

  • OP 15: under preparation by GEF

Persistent Organic Pollutants

  • OP 14: under preparation by GEF
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