Building capacities for integrated conservation and development: The experience of the Small Grants Program
P. Velasco Andrade
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SANREM CRSP and CARE-SUBIR
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The Small Grants Program (SGP) is part of the Global Environment Fund. The SGP provides grants to organizations whose purpose is to resolve serious environmental problems throughout the world, including the destruction of biodiversity, climate change, contamination of international waters, and desertification and soil erosion.
The program began in Ecuador in 1994. It operates through a broad-based National Committee which involves the state, universities, indigenous and peasant organizations, environmental NGOs, development NGOs and women’s organizations. To date, the program has executed around 70 small projects on the Coast, in the Sierra and in the Amazon basin region.
We have designed a mechanism for monitoring, systematizing and evaluating these experiences with the participation of technical teams linked to NGOs. This mechanism involves the technical team working with community members in the field, a close relationship between project executors and participating communities, and the exchange and dissemination of results. I will provide more information on this mechanism below.
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