Sixth Operational Phase of the GEF SGP in Kenya

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From September 25, 2017 to August 30, 2021

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 15.1 Conserve, restore, sustainably use terrestrial, freshwater ecosystems
  2. 14.2 Sustainably manage, protect, restore marine, coastal ecosystems
  3. 7.1 Ensure universal access to sustainable, reliable energy

Project ID: 5730

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Technical team

  • Climate Strategies and Policy Programme

Cross-cutting programme(s)

  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity Programme
  • Energy Programme

Technical area(s)



  • Agriculture/irrigation


  • Forests
  • FreshWaters
  • Conserved areas


  • Tropical forests
  • Seas
  • Coasts
  • Rivers and river basins
  • Lakes
  • Grazing lands
  • Terrestrial protected areas
  • Marine and coastal protected areas
  • Indigenous and communities conserved areas (ICCAs)

Transformed sector(s)

  • Agriculture
  • Fisheries
  • Livestock

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Convening / Partnerships / Knowledge Sharing
  • Institutional mechanism and system building


  • Governance
  • Finance economy
  • Technology innovation


  • Partnerships
  • Inter-sectoral coordination
  • Participatory governance models
  • Circular economy
  • Blue economy
  • Green economy
  • Alternative energy sources
  • Improved soil and water management techniques
  • Rainwater harvesting

Social inclusion

  • Youth/Children
  • Disabled
  • Elderly

Gender equality

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

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender responsive


  • Systems pathway
  • Sci-tech pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Improve resilience

SDG target(s)

  • 15.1 Conserve, restore, sustainably use terrestrial, freshwater ecosystems
  • 14.2 Sustainably manage, protect, restore marine, coastal ecosystems
  • 7.1 Ensure universal access to sustainable, reliable energy

Conventions and protocols

  • National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs)
  • Other Global Conventions
  • National Action Plan

Private sector(s)

  • Financial intermediaries and market facilitators

Hot topic

  • Food and agricultural commodities strategy
  • Human rights
  • Cov-19

About this project


The objective of the project is to enhance the socio-ecological resilience of selected landscapes and seascapes through community-based initiatives. Building on prior experience and lessons from the implementation of the COMPACT and COMDEKS programs, SGP will create synergies between individual grants by adopting a landscape/seascape approach enhancing overall program impact. Among other approaches, SGP will promote the establishment and effective operation of multi-stakeholder platforms at each landscape/seascape and encourage local governments, civil society organizations and the private sector to partner with local communities for the implementation of participatory landscape/seascape strategies, plans and projects. It will also foster the establishment of partnerships between civil society organizations and the private sector for bringing renewable energy and energy efficient technologies to poor local communities in off-grid areas through proposals that demonstrate innovation, sustainability and the potential for growth. Three ecologically sensitive areas of global and national significance were selected for the implementation of this phase: the Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley, the Sacred Mijikenda Kaya Forests - both protected under the World Heritage Convention - and the biodiversity-rich marine ecosystem of southern Kenya. While these areas provide important ecosystem services to the country and are essential for the livelihoods of pastoralist, agricultural, and fisher communities, they all present different levels of biodiversity loss and land degradation, exacerbated by climate change.


Community-based initiatives enhance and maintain socio-ecological resilience in selected landscapes and seascapes in ecologically important and sensitive areas in Kenya.

USD $3,652,968

Grant amount

USD $5,660,000

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($3,652,968)

Implementing partner(s)

  • UN Office for Project Services

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