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    Caspian Environment Program- Matched Small Grants Program

    The Matched Small Grant Program (MSGP) started in 2001 as a part of the GEF Priority Investment Projects Portfolio Component (PIPP), executed by the World Bank (WB) within the Caspian Environment Program (CEP).

    While the overall objective of the PIPP is to increase the number and the quality of investments through the identification and preparation of high priority environmental projects and through enhanced capacity for project management, the main objective of the MSGP is to finance the implementation of small-scale demonstration or pilot projects.

    It is expected that the MSGP projects could be developed into larger scale investment projects, or could be replicated elsewhere in the Caspian region.

    The MSGP is managed by an administration unit at the CEP office in Baku, Azerbaijan. To assure the quality and relevance of applicants’ projects, a number of activities were developed to assist with proposal preparation. These included in-country presentations by WB local consultants, information posted on the CEP website, newspaper advertisements and consultations with the MSGP staff in Baku. The selection committee included Caspian country representatives and representatives of the international organizations that participate in CEP activities.

    Since the beginning of the MSGP, three grant rounds were held. Grants ranging from $10,000- $100.000 were approved for 16 projects, with a total of $916,409 allocated for these projects. All projects require the grantee’s in-cash and in-kind contribution, which amounted in total $1,152K.

    Among grantees were government and scientific institutions, local and foreign private companies and other organizations (see table below).

    Table 1. MSGP grants awarded by type of organization

    Type of organization
    Number of grants
    State Companies
    5
    Private companies (local)
    4
    Private companies (foreign)
    1
    National Agencies
    2
    Local administration
    2
    Scientific Institutions
    2
    Total no. of Grants
    16


    The implementation of the grant projects started from the summer of 2002. Topics addressed by the projects varied from pollution clean up to provision of safe drinking water, from biodiversity protection to domestic waste management (see table).

    Table 2. Distribution of grants by subject

    Industrial pollution
    Waste Management
    Biodiversity protection
    Health and Socio-economic issues
    Azerbaijan
    2
    1
    1
    Iran
    2
    1
    Kazakhstan
    1
    1
    1
    Russia
    1
    1
    1
    Turkmenistan
    2
    1
    Total by subject
    6
    3
    3
    4

    Click on the links on the left to view the projects that are under implementation and are contributing their results to the MSG program.

    MSGP information in Russian


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