A consultative meeting to discuss the strategic priorities of the GEF Small Grants Programme in GEF-6 cycle, which will be implemented in 2015-2018, was held on September 17, 2015. The programme’s goal for GEF-6 is to: “Effectively support the creation of global environmental benefits and the safeguarding of the global environment through community and local solutions that complement and add value to national and global level action”.
#NewLeader – that is who UNDP Ukraine is looking for! That is why the project "Strengthening National Capacity for Effective Youth Development and HIV/AIDS Response in Ukraine" gathered 300 new leaders from 25 regions of Ukraine in a leadership camp in Pushcha-Vodytsia in Kyiv. While you are reading this post, youngsters are developing projects, which can help to environmentally improve their schools.
In the framework of the grant project implemented by “Solar Energy” NGO and supported by the UNDP-GEF Small Grants Programme solar batteries have been installed in the households of Luhansk region.
In August 2015 Mr. Neal Walker, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Ukraine visited the GEF SGP Project presentation, aimed at combating degradation of land polluted by radionuclides.
The project developed a system of managed pastures in the 30 ha pilot area of Kamyanka village, Zhytomyr region. In particular, a special herb mixture was planted; growth of the herbs was monitored, the content of land was analyzed, and the index of radionuclides removal was identified with the help of the Institute of Agriculture of Polissia, Zhytomyr National Agroecological University and the State Ecological Academy for Postgraduate Education and Management.
The grant project implemented by NGO “Ecological Heating” and supported by the UNDP-GEF Small Grants Programme in Ukraine provided households, which are hosting internally displaced persons (IDPs), with solid fuel boilers. They will heat buildings and thus mitigate climate changes.
On August 17, 2015, Mr. Neal Walker, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Ukraine paid a visit to the GEF SGP Project sites in Zhytomyr and Rivne regions to review the progress of the projects.
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On 4 June, the winners of the National Children’s Competition “Second Life of Waste” were announced and awarded. The contest was held in the framework of the annual All-Ukrainian Environmental Forum organized by the Partnership Network “Education for Sustainable Development” and supported by the UNDP-GEF Small Grants Programme and the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine. The competition raised the awareness of the schoolchildren on existing environmental issues related to household waste and helped develop a responsible approach to environment protection.
On 5 June, people celebrate the World Environment Day. Ukrainian schoolchildren and their teachers have also joined this campaign.
4-5 June, the annual All-Ukrainian Environmental Forum “Children for Environment: The Future We Want!" was organized by the Partnership Network “Education for Sustainable Development in Ukraine” and supported by the UNDP-GEF Small Grants Programme and the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine.