Projects are funded that support or promote the conservation and sustainable use and management of biodiversity in ecosystems (including agrobiodiversity and agroecological systems).

The operational programs are restricted to in situ conservation activities and the conservation of the genetic variability of wild relatives of domesticated species.

Projects should be located in areas that contain globally significant biodiversity.
  • Is the ecosystem or constituent species threatened or at risk?
  • Is it a "hot spot" (areas under threat that have exceptional concentrations of species unique to the area)?
  • Is there a significant presence of endemic species?
  • Is the site rich in species?
  • Does it contain habitats that are important to migratory species?

Does it fall under international treaties, laws, agreements or conventions, such as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), IUCN Red Data Book on threatened species, Convention on Wetlands of International Importance Especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention), Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, etc.?

SGP Biodiversity projects are implemented according to the following GEF operational programmes.
  • OP1 - Arid and Semi-Arid Ecosystems
  • OP2 - Costal, Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems
  • OP3 - Forest Ecosystems
  • OP4 - Mountain Ecosystems
  • OP13 - Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity Important to Agriculture
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