The GEF-UNDP Small Grants Programme’s (SGP) Annual Review and Planning Workshop is underway at Gelephu, Sarbang starting today. The four days’ workshop (26th-29th December) is attended by about 60 project managers mostly chairpersons of Community-based Organizations (CBOs), Renewable Natural Resources (RNR) extension officers and officials from Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and educational institutions.

The workshop is a platform to review the progress of projects, discuss challenges and plan for rest of the project period. The workshop provides a platform for project implementers to strengthen collaboration and build network for effective implementation of UNDP-SGP’s micro-grants. The workshop primarily promotes peer-to-peer knowledge sharing, exchange of best practices and lessons and problem solving though reflective learning. New project grantees will be oriented on GEF-UNDP SGP’s processes, progress reporting (both financial and technical), soft skills and knowledge management. 

Representatives from 27 projects spread across 14 Dzongkhags are present at the workshop. Currently there are 22 micro-projects projects under implementation in 12 Dzongkhags mostly led by CBOs. 10 projects are from Zhemgang Dzongkhag, mostly from lower Zhemgang (Lower Manas River Basin) which is the identified landscape for UNDP-SGP for Operational Phase 6 (2015-2019).  The projects are mainly in the areas of biodiversity conservation, sustainable land management, sustainable forest management, climate change and water.

About USD 1.05 million is already committed which is 80% of total resource of USD 1.26 million for this operational phase including government co-financing of USD 0.5 million.

The workshop was opened by Dzongda, Zhemgang Dzongkhag as the chief guest and attended by representatives from Gross National Happiness Commission, UNDP, CSOs, CBOs and other organizations.

A guide book on agro-biodiversity “Dru Na Gu (nine cereals)” and “Status of Field Crops Diversity in Dewathang and Orong Gewogs”, produced by Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative and UNDP-SGP’s bi-lingual brochure was launched at the workshop. The brochure can be downloaded from the following links.

  1. English Version
  2. Dzongkhag Version

 

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