SGP Holds Wildlife Cluster Workshop

30 May 2013

Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme holds a workshop titled “Participatory Monitoring and Networking Workshop of Wildlife Projects”.


The workshop was held in the UN Common Premises conference room

At the invitation of the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme, a workshop was held in the United Nations common premises in Tehran on April 24, 2013, with the presence of project grantees that were active in the area of Biodiversity Conservation – namely wildlife conservation.

The workshop, titled “Participatory Monitoring and Networking Workshop of Wildlife Projects”, aimed to exchange and share experiences between projects that were focused on wildlife conservation through a community approach. Five members of the GEP SGP National Steering Committee and 38 participants, including project grantees from NGOs and community-based organizations were present in the one-day workshop.

In the meeting, project grantees shared their methods, outcomes, factors hindering or leading to success and lessons learned, while also getting feedback on their work from the group. This knowledge-sharing workshop assisted both the presenters and helped GEF SGP office in its efforts for clustering its community-based conservation projects.

The presented projects were mainly concentrated on threatened and endangered species focusing on the Emperor Spotted Newt, Asiatic Black Bear, Persian Leopard, Asiatic Cheetah, Marsh Crocodile, Euphrates Softshell Turtle, Brown Trout and the Bottlenose Dolphin.


UNDP Deputy Representative giving a speech to the workshop's participants

Some other projects discussed were more focused on advocacy, education, public awareness and income generation activities such as Art for Conservation (Handicrafts & doll making of endangered animal species).

Another feature of the workshop was the exhibition which showcased biodiversity products such as publications, handicrafts and puzzles. The exhibition was orchestrated to show the capacity of NGOs and CBOs in participating in biodiversity conservation.

The GEF Small Grants Programme was established in Iran since 2001. Amongst other initiatives, GEF SGP has been working on multiple small projects in partnership with non-governmental and also community-based organizations in various ecosystems, focusing on biodiversity conservation.