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GEF 2010 Small Grants Programme

Capacity Development for Forestry Communities to Address Climate Change


As the threats of climate change are looming over humanity, it is important that even the smallest communities act to mitigate it and at the same time change their lives and environments for the better. BFS and Sancha together embarked upon the journey to increase the village’s sustainability with the help of the GEF small grants programme.


Sancha Village

Sancha Village

SanchaSancha Village, administratively belonging to Bohai Town, is located 35km west of the center area of Huairou District. In 2008, the village had a total of 76 households or 172 people, all of the Han ethnicity. The area the village is owning encompasses 1255ha, including 922 hectares of forest land. Main crops are maize and millet, furthermore walnut chestnut and apricot are grown in orchards.

Project Data

Name: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Program – Capacity Development for Forestry Communities to Address Climate Change in the Miyun Reservoir Watershed

Project Duration: March 2010 – April 2011

  1. Enhance forestry communities’ comprehensive capacities to combat climate change.
  2. Improve energy efficiency within the communities
  3. Promote multiple functions within forests with a special focus on carbon sequestration
Project Activities
  • trainings on forest management for carbon sequestration
  • transform energy-inefficient Kang beds
  • carry out technical training on building energy-efficient Kang beds and sustainable firewood collection
  • hold seminars and exchange projects
  • convey a participatory project assessment and report results to government
  • 40% of community residents get the technical training on close-to-nature forest management for carbon sequestration, improving their skills
  • carbon sequestration in forests is enhanced
  • all energy inefficient Kang beds are transformed, saving 30% of energy
  • through sustainable firewood collection the forest resources are well protected
  • the awareness of 60% of the community residents to address climate change has been significantly improved

About the GEF Small Grants Programme

Established in 1992 as a corporate program of the Global Environmental Facility, the GEF Small Grants Programme is implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on behalf of the GEF partnership, and is executed by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).

SGP supports activities of the GEF priorities – biodiversity conservation, abatement of climate change, protection of international waters, prevention of land degradation and reduction of the impact of persistent organic pollutants. SGP is convinced that with small amounts of funding, members of local communities can undertake activities that will make a significant difference in their lives and environments, with global benefits, in contrast with top-down, expert reliant development interventions.

In November 2006, China was officially included as one of the 23 new country programs. In 2008, Ministry of Finance (MOF) – the GEF Operational Focal Point (OFP) – sent the endorsement letter of the utilization of $1 million under the GEF Resource Allocation Framework (RAF). $150,000 from the GEF core fund is also made available  during the first year of SGP China.

SGP China will exemplify and explore the ways to build up different types of Community Co-Management Models in different nature reserves; promote the sustainable use of biodiversity products; enhance the conservation in the production landscapes/seascapes; promote the use of renewable energy in a large scale and increase the energy efficiency in the mean time; strengthen the basic work of capacity building and innovative demonstration in the conservation of international waters; implement the innovative and localized sustainable land management practice; and increase the capacity and awareness of target group in the area of POPs.


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