Phase 2 of the ICCA Global! Support Initiative (GSI) provides support to territories and areas conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities (ICCAs). with a focus on forty-five (45) countries participating in the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP), implemented by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The ICCA GSI is funded by the International Climate Initiative (1KI) of the German Federal Ministry of the Environment and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

In alignment with the relevant National COVID-19 Response and Recovery Plan, applications from qualified non-state, not-for profit organisations are invited to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. National and local civil society organisations (including community-based organisations, NGOs. and Indigenous Peoples organisations) are encouraged to apply based on the list of eligible criteria presented below.

ICCA-GSI thematic categories COVID-19 response: examples
Communication and lessons sharing through culturally appropriate means Translating and communicating medical and sanitary information on COVID-19 into local and vernacular languages.
Food production systems: agroecology and agroforestry Strengthening sustainable and biodiversity-friendly food production systems in ICCAs focused on agroecology and agroforestry techniques.
Sustainable and well governed wildlife conservation Promotion of sustainable wildlife conservation through good governance and awareness raising.
Prevention of zoonoses and future pandemics, Strengthening of ICCAs to provide barriers for zoonotic disease transmission and habitat conservation through reduced fragmentation.
Transmission of traditional medical knowledge Documentation and transmission of sustainable techniques for harvesting, quality control, and transmission of traditional medicinal practices.
Territorial mapping and demarcation for self-isolation and conservation Mapping and demarcation to increase territorial zoning, self-isolation procedures, buffer zones and defense of conserved areas.
Deployment of traditional knowledge of fire control and management Techniques to control bushfires (adapted to different savannah, forest and Other ecosystems) leading to green recovery and employment opportunities.
Local bio-circular economy approaches based on reciprocity Income-generation activities, reciprocal food exchange networks, community-based ecotourism-based ventures, provision of food to at-risk populations, locally-made personal protective equipment.


Civil society organizations (CSOs) wishing to apply to the ICCA COVID-19 initiative will be expected to submit an application in line with the prevailing socio-economic, cultural and sanitary context of the COVID-19 pandemic in Kenya.

Implementation of Individual ICCA COVID-19 projects should be completed within 18 months and to have a maximum budget of US$30,000. All proposals will be reviewed and approved by the SGP National Steering Committee (NSC).


  • Demonstrated commitment to protect and defend territories and areas conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities (ICCAs);
  • Knowledge and awareness of biodiversity conservation efforts at the national level;
  • Experience in organizing and hosting consultations and capacity development activities with indigenous peoples and local communities;
  • Capacity to produce high quality written reports according to deadlines;
  • Familiarity with key issues related to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), especially as they relate to indigenous peoples and local communities, considered an advantage


Each applicant is to use the SGP proposal template, found in the Kenya page of the global SGP website: www.sgp.undp.org.

All proposals should be Sent to the following addresses by CoB January 29 2021

Bids.ke@undp.org with a copy to salome.nyakundi@undp.org

If you have queries, write to Salome.nyakundi@undp.org or call the GEF SGP office on 0759-637521

For more information about ICCAs and the application process, kindly refer to the SGP Kenya page of the global website: www.sgp.undp.org