Building the capacity of local communities

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Samoa Observer 16th April 2018

Four hundred representatives from villages and community organisations in Samoa, participated in the ‘Call for Proposals’ Workshops’ by the U.N.D.P. Global Environment Facility (G.E.F.) Small Grants Programme (S.G.P.). 

The U.N.D.P. G.E.F.-S.G.P Sub Regional team, together with the National Steering Committee (N.S.C.) and Technical Advisory Group (T.A.G.), facilitated the Upolu workshop on Tuesday 09th April 2018, and the Savaii workshop on Thursday 12th April 2018. 

The main goal of these workshops was to familiarise, inform, and build the local communities capacity on how they can obtain and utilize the G.E.F.-S.G.P. financial assistance to address their environmental challenges. 

In her keynote address, Minister of Environment Fiame Naomi Mataafa stated that “based on the strong partnership between the Government of Samoa and the UNDP Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme, I believe we can do so much better in terms of sharing best practices, ideas, and knowledge on how to achieve the very essence of sustainable development by “thinking globally” and “acting locally. 

“I hope that today’s capacity building workshop will help the participants gain a better understanding of the environmental concerns and challenges facing our country. More importantly, to keep you informed of the G.E.F.-S.G.P. focal areas of funding support and better equipped you in completing your concept note applications.” 

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