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Small Grants Programme wrapped up in Lithuania

2009-10-13

Small Grants Programme wrapped up in Lithuania

A closing event of the Global Environment Facility’s Small Grants Programme, aimed at improving the living conditions for society and preserving the environment, was held at the Ministry of Environment on 13 October. A special publication discussing the objectives, tasks and importance of environmental and other projects conducted in Lithuania for almost nine years as well as results achieved was presented at the event.

The Small Grants Programme in Lithuania was initiated by the United Nations Development Programme and sponsored by the Ministries of Environment and Agriculture, the World Bank, the Embassy of Great Britain, and other institutions. Community-based and non-governmental organisations seeking to protect the environment and promote sustainable development were involved in project implementation. The programme facilitated implementation of 104 projects that have improved the welfare of 190,000 Lithuanian residents. Some 105 organic farms were established, 369 endangered flora and fauna species were protected, etc.

The programme set the tasks of making a positive effect on the environment, satisfying the needs of communities, promoting partnership, educating society, and influencing the environmental policy. Almost all the tasks have been implemented. It was an innovative programme that pioneered practical environmental work in the country. It has made a significant contribution to the development of the national biodiversity policy. Owing to the programme, 2,300 megawatts of energy is saved in the country every year, with almost 8,000 megawatts of energy generated from renewable energy sources.

Based on estimated economic effects, 11,260 residents derived direct economic benefit. The amount of funds generated or saved with the help of the projects totals over LTL 3 million per year. A total of 48 permanent jobs and 360 temporary jobs have been created.

The main conclusion of a study carried out within the framework of the programme: the Small Grants Programme has improved the environmental condition in Lithuania, influenced the environmental policy, as well as demonstrated the sustainability, effectiveness and innovation of local initiatives. According to the organisers, the biggest achievement of the programme is training and involvement of local residents in the implementation of projects.

Public Relations Division of the Ministry of Environment

13 October 2009

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas