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Local sustainable development solutions for people, nature, and resilient communities

Equator Initiative Case Studies

Oct 2, 2013

The following case study is one in a growing series that details the work of Equator Prize winners – vetted and peer-reviewed best practices in community-based environmental conservation and sustainable livelihoods. This case is intended to inspire policy dialogue needed to take local success to scale, to improve the global knowledge base on local environment and development solutions, and to serve as models for replication.


  • The majority of TRY funding comes from USAID, including from the USAID Gambian sustainable fisheries BaNafaa project. The association received a start-up grant of USD 18,000 from USAID in 2007
  • In 2010, TRY received a grant of USD 20,000 from the UNDP-implemented GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) for mangrove reforestation and aquaculture training, for a two-year period up to 2012.
  • UNDP in Gambia has recently provided funding for value-added secondary processing through capacity building trainings and the provision of oyster processing equipment, including smoking ovens, freezers and vacuum packing machines.
  • Within The Gambia, TRY has been working with ASSET since its initial stages. TRY is both a member and acts as a consultant on sustainable tourism practices for ASSET.

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