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Detail of GEF Project #1851

GEF Project ID1851
Funding SourceGEF Trust Fund
Project NameProtection of the North West Sahara Aquifer System (NWSAS) and related humid zones and ecosystems
CountryRegional
RegionRegional
Focal AreaInternational Waters
Operational Program9
Approval Date2002-12-18
GEF Agency Approval Date2003-05-06
Project Completion Date2006-06-30
Project StatusProject Closure
GEF AgencyUNEP
Executing AgencyObservatoire du Sahel et du Sahara
DescriptionThe project for the Transboundary Aquifer System of the Northern Sahara (Algeria, Libya and Tunisia) has as its objective the protection of this critical resource, and in particular of the recharge areas and humid zones and ecosystems related to the aquifer. It includes two complementary components: (I) improving the knowledge of the aquifer and related ecosystems and (ii) implementing a consultation mechanism at the hydrogeologic basin level. In the three countries concerned - Algeria, Libya and Tunisia - the management of the NWSAS water resources will cover arid and semi-arid areas that are presently affected by desertification. Recent assessments have indicated the partly renewable nature of this aquifer, and hence the opportunity for its sustainable management, which would necessarily include the protection of water quality (recharge areas) and of humid zones, such as oasis, shebkas etc, which are critical from the socio-economic and environmental points of view. The project represents a significant first step in this direction taken by the three countries.
Implementation StatusProject Completed
GEF Project Grant
600,000 USD
GEF Grant
600,000 USD
Cofinancing Total
816,000 USD
Project Cost
1,416,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
146,000 USD
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