Sixth Operational Phase of the GEF SGP in Pakistan

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From March 16, 2017 to March 16, 2020

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 15.a Mobilize resources for biodiversity conservation, sustainable use
  2. 7.3 Double global rate energy efficiency improvement
  3. 12.2 Sustainably manage, efficiently use natural resources

Project ID: 5734

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Technical team

  • Climate Strategies and Policy Programme

Technical area(s)




Transformed sector(s)


UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Institutional mechanism and system building



Social inclusion


Gender equality

  • Women's access to and control over resources
  • Women decision making
  • Women's cooperatives and groups

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender responsive



Risk reduction target(s)


SDG target(s)

  • 15.a Mobilize resources for biodiversity conservation, sustainable use
  • 7.3 Double global rate energy efficiency improvement
  • 12.2 Sustainably manage, efficiently use natural resources

Conventions and protocols


Private sector(s)


Hot topic


About this project


The Sixth phase of the Pakistan Small Grants Programme (SGP) seeks to build resilience through community action, while recognizing the inter-connectedness of ecosystem services, local food production, natural resource use, livelihoods and culture. As such, the project will support community-based organizations, which are the driving force in rural development strategies, to take the lead in managing natural resources sustainably for social and ecological resilience and global environmental benefits, and in concert with other stakeholders and communities so as to multiply results. The project will integrate the landscape approach in the Indus Delta, by focusing 40% of GEF financing in this area. The landscape will provide a limited geographic scope in which small grants and their results can accrue to generate broader global environmental benefits. The project will also target 40% of its funding to other sites in the country, particularly to biodiversity hotspots, and 20% of its financing to testing and disseminating innovations in the area of energy efficient technologies.The target landscape for the SGP Country Programme in Pakistan during its Sixth GEF Operational Phase (OP6) comprises the Indus Delta in general, and the three coastal deltaic districts, Thatta, Sujawal and Badin, in particular. The rationale for the selection of this landscape is based on a number of factors: the richness of natural and cultural assets, threats and opportunities in the area, unique and diverse biodiversity and the willingness of communities and other stakeholders for long-term engagement and to facilitate the landscape management effort. This is also consistent with the past geographic programmatic focus of SGP OP-4 to OP-5. The landscape covers inter-tidal, supra-tidal and rangeland zones of the Indus Delta, and while the specific target landscape (3 districts, thirteen talukas/tehsils and 10 villages) provides a diversity of communities, land uses and assets, it is inter-connected enough in terms of key ecological, economic, cultural and social processes and properties for the implementation of a strategic landscape approach.


To enable community organizations in Pakistan to take collective action for adaptive management for socio-ecological resilience - through design, implementation and evaluation of grant projects for global environmental benefits and sustainable development in key landscapes and rural/urban communities.Demonstration, deployment and transfer of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies and approaches that promote conservation and enhancement of carbon stocks. 2.1: Potential financial partners, policy makers and their national/subnational advisors and institutions, as well as the private sector form multi-stakeholder partnerships to engage in designing, planning and monitoring dissemination and replication of successful energy efficient technologies, practices or systems.

USD $2,739,726

Grant amount

USD $3,125,000

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($2,739,726)

Implementing partner(s)

  • UN Office for Project Services

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Sixth Operational Phase of the GEF SGP in Pakistan