Sixth Operational Phase of the GEF SGP in Egypt

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From April 24, 2017 to April 24, 2022

Project ID: 5471

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Technical team

  • Climate Strategies and Policy Programme

Cross-cutting programme(s)

  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity Programme
  • Energy Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Energy efficiency


  • Conserved areas
  • Human altered areas


  • Terrestrial protected areas
  • Rural areas
  • Urban areas

Transformed sector(s)

  • Energy

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Convening / Partnerships / Knowledge Sharing
  • Innovative approaches


  • Enabling
  • Management operation
  • Technology innovation


  • Mainstream
  • Advocacy (towards policy makers)
  • Community engagement
  • Sustainable land management
  • Ecosystem-based management
  • Conserved areas/ protected areas management
  • Alternative energy sources
  • Green building practices
  • Improved soil and water management techniques

Social inclusion

  • Youth/Children
  • Women
  • Local community/CSOs

Gender equality

  • Women's access to and control over resources
  • Women decision making
  • Livelihoods for women

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender responsive


  • People pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Improve resilience

SDG target(s)

  • 7.3 Double global rate energy efficiency improvement

Conventions and protocols

  • National Action Plan

Private sector(s)

  • Individuals/Entrepreneurs

Hot topic

  • Nature-based solution

About this project


Collective action by civil society and governments is required to achieve and maintain the resilience of socio-ecological landscape systems in rural and urban areas in Egypt. As such, the support of the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) is sought to enable community organizations in Egypt to take collective action for adaptive landscape management for socio-ecological resilience, through design, implementation and evaluation of grant projects for global environmental benefits and sustainable development. The SGP Programme intends to invest in strategic projects to catalyze and connect local projects to each other and to other large-scale initiatives to bring about sustainable impacts over a broader area over the long run. While the SGP cannot bring about landscape changes by itself, it is geared to advance tactical projects in given geographic areas, which will synergize with various levels of local action to bring about measurable progress in landscape resilience. The project will be implemented in four strategic landscapes in the Delta, Fayoum and Upper Egypt governorates. Low-emission technologies will also be demonstrated and/or tested and implemented in the urban centres of Greater Cairo and Fayoum City. Local organizations and communities will be the main vehicles of this project as they will be the agents who identify needs, design approaches for collective action, implement interventions and reap the sustainable development benefits. The key feature of the SGP will be for community- based organizations to pilot, test, innovate and analyze new initiatives through a process of learning-by- doing. Successful initiatives are going to will be replicated and up-scaled in other locations within the governorate and landscapes. However, concentrating the majority of the interventions in defined geographic areas (landscapes) will allow results to accrue and produce a critical mass of experience and lessons. By employing a landscape approach, the SGP Egypt will enable local actors to better understand the complex relationship they have with a given environment and how best to effect sustainable impacts on the landscape through their individual and combined efforts. Beyond the activities piloted in the landscapes, there will be contributions to the national level as well. Lessons learned in the landscapes will be cross-referenced, and shared, and best practices and lessons learned will be used to inform the policy context at the national level.


To enable community organizations in Egypt to take collective action for adaptive landscape management for socio-ecological resilience through design, implementation and evaluation of grant projects for global environmental benefits and sustainable development..

USD $2,913,241

Grant amount

USD $4,073,461

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($2,913,241)

Implementing partner(s)

  • UN Office for Project Services

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