GEF-Small Grant Programme and representatives of NGOs and CBOs signing five Memorandum of Agreements to address environmental problems in their localities
Sana’a, A signing ceremony took place at United Nations Development Programme office in Sana’a between the Global Environmental Facility, Small Grant Programme and five Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) from Hodeidah and Socotra to implement specific interventions to address environmental challenges in their localities.
“Water is already a scarce resource in Yemen, and the situation is getting worse. In the midst of transition and humanitarian challenges in Yemen, irreversible environmental degradation must be stopped – not least when we look at water resources and its management,” says Mr. Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, UN Resident Coordinator in Yemen.
Two of the five projects in Wadi Mawr, Hodiedah Governorate will focus on improving optimal utilization of flood water resources through rehabilitation of existing irrigation system to enable efficient methods. Both projects are co-financed by the Tihama Development Authority and the respective NGOs and will cover 14,500 hectors of agriculture land. Almost 11,180 families and 54,600 inhabitants will benefit from the two projects.
The three projects at Socotra Island aim to help local herders in Diksam Plateau to harvest rain-water for 430 families and livestock.
The total budgets of these five community projects amount to US$ 441,470. The Small Grant Programme of the Global Environmental Facility will provide US$ 151,500; the remaining amount of US$ 290,970 will be mobilized locally.
Since 2004, the Small Grant Programme of the Global Environmental Facility has financed projects in 57 communities across the country aiming at addressing local environmental challenges. The projects have been implemented by non-governmental organizations and community based organizations.US$ 1.6 million has been provided by the Programme and US$ 2.7 million was mobilized from respective local partners (beneficiaries, companies, organizations and embassies).
Mr. Omar Al-Saghier, National Coordinator, GEF-Small grant Programme
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