The French Global Environment Facility (FGEF) and IUCN have renewed their partnership on small initiatives with African NGOs.
The mobilisation of local actors of the African civil society is essential to advance environmental protection. To help strengthen resilience to biodiversity and climate change challenges, FGEF and IUCN have launched the third phase of the Small Initiative Programme (PPI 3). 2,2 million Euros for the period 2011-2013 will allow support to 40 new projects in five priority countries: Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Each project is an original story which responds to local issues and communities’ needs and shows the engagement of the African civil society in nature conservation. The actions structured around different themes are, for instance:
- The conservation and enhancement of wetlands, coastal and marine areas through the protection of habitats (coastal forests in Madagascar, mangroves in Ghana), the improvement of lake halieutic resources (DRC), the development of eco-tourism related to birds (Benin), creation of protected areas (Madagascar);
- Scientific research and protection of threatened species such as plain and mountain gorillas, wales, marine turtles and hippos;
- The management of community tropical forests and the development of sustainable trade of non-wood forest products;
- Waste disposal with enhancement of carbon credits (Cameroon, Madagascar, Mozambique and Togo).