Empowering communities to save the environmentMay 1, 2017
The opening of the first of two capacity building workshops planned for Upolu and Savai’i respectively for the Operational Phase 6 of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) was held this morning at the TATTE Convention Centre.
In his keynote address to the Workshop, Prime Minister Honourable Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said, “Today’s capacity building workshop for the shortlisted community groups and NGOs is clear evidence of the strong partnership between the Government of Samoa and the UNDP GEF-SGP. I believe we can do so much better in terms of sharing best practices, ideas and knowledge on how to achieve the very essence of sustainable development by “thinking globally” and “acting locally.”
Approximately 80 participants from Upolu representing community-based women’s committees, men’s committees, village councils, youth, civil societies and non-governmental organisations attended today’s workshop.
Ms Lizbeth Cullity, UNDP Resident Representative in her remarks at the opening of the Workshop said, “The workshop will generate powerful and influential community actions that can be replicated in other communities with the hope that the newly introduced “grant maker plus” function will empower other partners whether from the donor community or other sectors to work alongside the SGP to secure harmonized efforts towards saving very degraded environments.”
At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will have a better understanding of the GEF-SGP Operational Phase 6, and be able to complete full proposals that address environmental issues and challenges in their respective communities. Participants will also learn how to apply basic project management skills when filling out their proposal forms and fully utilise expert advice provided by the Technical Team to fine tune their project proposals. Around thirty participants are expected to attend a similar workshop that will be held on Wednesday, 3 May in Savai’i at the Savaiian Hotel.
Since its establishment in Samoa in 2004, the GEF-SGP has supported various environmental related programmes and has delivered an estimated SAT$6 million tala for a total of 162 small grants projects on climate knowledge and advocacy, capacity building, financing, technology transfer, adaptation and mitigation. The goals of the GEF-SGP OP6 target the safeguarding of the global environment through community and local solutions that complement and add value to national and global level actions. The capacity building workshops, for the full proposals application phase, follow similar outreach workshops held in January of this year on the development of concept notes on relevant project proposals.
Lilomaiava Filifilia Iosefa, SGP Sub Regional Coordinator, Tel: +685 21393