Small Grants Climate Change :
SGP Thrust – Climate Change: Projects will contribute to removing the cultural, institutional, technical and economic barriers to energy conservation and energy efficiency and to promote the adoption of renewable energy by optimizing implementation costs. Promoting sustainable transport systems.
GEF/SGP projects will contribute to removing the cultural, institutional, technical, and economic barriers and promote dissemination of accessible, sustainable, climate-friendly technologies and measures throughout a locality or region. They will primarily involve building local capacity; raising public awareness of climate change and energy conservation and efficiency issues; and demonstrating and disseminating appropriate technologies and measures. The projects may also aim to reduce the cost of suitable technologies for communities by supporting applied and participatory research and development.
The operational programmes to implement CC Focal area are as below:
Operational Program 5: Removing Barriers to Energy Conservation and Energy Efficiency
Potential eligible activities:
• participatory, community-based assessments of local energy use, resources, and alternatives.
• energy audits of homes, buildings, hotels, and factories linked to advocacy and training about energy efficient responses.
• capacity-building and awareness-raising activities about climate change and its repercussions at the local level, incorporating local knowledge about climatic history and patterns.
• capacity-building and awareness-raising activities about energy efficiency advocacy to remove subsidies to inefficient and polluting sources of energy.
Operational Program 6: Promoting the Adoption of Renewable Energy by Removing Barriers and Reducing Implementation Costs
Potential eligible activities:
• demonstration projects involving the introduction of appropriate, renewable solar technologies at the community level: solar pumps for water purification and irrigation, as well as solar energy for cooking, heating, and electricity.
• demonstration projects involving wind-generated energy for community and municipal needs.
• biogas demonstration projects in appropriate contexts where there are incentives for sustainability.
• collaborative community/academic research and development in order to produce low-cost, sustainable energy options.
• introduction of locally-manufactured, improved cookstoves that reduce charcoal/fuel consumption.
Operation Programme 11: Promoting Environmentally Sustainable Transport
• Reduces the use of motorized transport with net effect of cutting down on emissions from motor engines.
• Reduces the number of vehicles being used for a single purpose and thus reduces the carbon dioxide emissions.
• More mileage covered thus less pollution per kilometer covered (less pollution gases per kilometer).
• Reduces emission of GHC gases.
Operation Programme 12: Integrated Ecosystem Management
The operational programme aimed at catalyzing widespread adoption of comprehensive ecosystem management interventions that integrate ecological, economic and social goals to achieve multiple and cross-cutting local, national and global benefits.
The expected outcomes of a GEF-SGP supported intervention would include;
• Creation of an enabling environment: appropriate policies, regulations, incentives structures are developed to support integrated ecosystem management;
• Institutional strengthening: the capacity of institutions to implement integrated ecosystem management approaches is strengthened through training and logistical support; and
• Investments made, base on integrated ecosystem approaches and stakeholder partnerships to simultaneously address local/national and global environmental issues within the context of sustainable development.
These benefits may include two or more of the following:
• Conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, as well as equitable sharing of benefits arising from biodiversity use;
• Reduction of net emissions and increased storage of greenhouse gases in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem;
• Conservation and sustainable use of water bodies, including watersheds, river basins and coastal zones; and
• Prevention of the pollution of globally important terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems