Launching of the UNDP-GEF SGP Phase-6

The GEF Small Grant Programme (SGP) was established in 1992, the year of the Rio Earth Summit. The programme provides financial and technical support to CSOs with focus on poor and vulnerable communities for conserving and restoring the environment and at the same time enhancing people’s well-being and livelihoods. Indonesia has involved in this programme since 1992. During the last 23 years, the GEF SGP Indonesia Country Program has provided support to grassroots movements in conserving biodiversity, mitigating the impacts of climate change, halting land degradation and reducing pollution of international waters. Over the years, GEF SGP Indonesia has successfully supported a total of 502 projects, for a total disbursement of close to USD 9.0 million that have built its constituents’ capacities and generated significant impacts in sustainable environment management, livelihoods, and poverty reduction.

The Country Program has grown in line with the dynamics of community-based natural resource governance and environmental protection efforts. Since the early stages of program implementation, GEF SGP Indonesia placed a high priority on establishing direct partnerships with community-based organizations and their supporting non-governmental organizations. In its initial stages, grants were provided for a wide variety of community and NGO projects. In recent years, the Indonesia SGP Country Program has also participated in a number of strategic pilot initiatives, providing opportunities for community groups to work collaboratively on regional and landscape-wide initiatives.

As we already aware, Indonesia is an archipelago country consisting of 17,504 islands (Indonesian Statistic Bureau – BPS, 2013), with a total of 13,466 small islands1 – spreading across 34 provinces. Small islands in Indonesia have a potential for development, due to their strategic location, their exceptional tropical ecosystems spanning ridge to reef (i.e. coral reef, seagrass, mangrove, forest, farmland) as well as their distinctive nonrenewable resources of value for key sectors such as mining, energy, tourism, etc. At the same time, the Indonesia’s small islands are highly vulnerable to degradation of its ecosystem functions and services. Management of these small islands to enhance their resilience is quite complex. Mostly they are isolated, lack government attention, have limited basic facilities and infrastructure, vulnerable to external threats, including climate related threats, and suffer from increasing human pressure. Furthermore, there is a relative lack of information on these small islands, which causes development planning of these areas to be difficult.

UNDP as GEF Implementing Agency is partnering with the GEF SGP Indonesia Secretariat to prepare implementation of full-size programme called “Sixth Operational Phase (OP) of the GEF Small Grants Programme in Indonesia” with main focus to address above-mentioned drivers of natural resources degradation in three small islands (Nusa Penida, Wakatobi, and Semau) and one forest landscape in Gorontalo province.

After PPG – as the guidelines for implementation of Phase 6 program – has already been done and agreed by GEF council, the next step will be the Inception Workshop. The purpose of this workshop is to launch SGP Phase 6 program and build various cooperation for phase 6 implementation with variety of stakeholders (private sector, government, other agencies, etc).