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Detail of GEF Project #878

GEF Project ID878
IBRD PO ID72076
Funding SourceGEF Trust Fund
Project NameProtected Areas and Wildlife Conservation Project
CountrySri Lanka
RegionAsia and the Pacific
Focal AreaBiodiversity
Operational Program3
PDF-B Approval Date1999-09-13
Approval Date2000-11-01
CEO Endorsement Date2001-07-12
GEF Agency Approval Date2000-10-15
Project Completion Date2008-12-31
Project StatusProject Completion
Executing AgencyAsian Development Bank
DescriptionThe project aims at assisting the Government of Sri Lanka to conserve the nation's valuable natural resources and preserve its wildlife for the well being of current and future generations. More specifically, the project will address institutional and legal deficiencies in protected area management, and pilot test participatory conservation activities in selected protected areas. The project is expected to contribute to the protection of the country's fauna and flora, stimulate nature based tourism and promote the development of a sustainable protected area management and wildlife conservation system for Sri Lanka. The project will also assist in the establishment of a sustainable financing mechanism for wildlife conservation.
Implementation StatusPolicy and institutional reforms underway with cabinet approving more delegation of authority to the field staff. The Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance has been amended and is due for submission to Cabinet by October 2005. Management plans for the seven pilot protected areas (PA) have been prepared. Certain priority activities identified in these plans such as improvement of infrastructure, management of invasive species, demarcation of boundaries are currently being implemented. The PAs have also developed plans to improve visitor services and increase tourism to the parks. The Project also supported collaborative conservation planning and under this component the Biodiversity Conservation Action Plan has been finalized. A conservation system review is under way and conservation profiles for 127 fauna and 305 flora are scheduled for completion by October 2005. The National Red List is being updated. Through the Protected Area Conservation Fund, established to support projects for buffer zone communities that will reinforce conservation while improving the well-being of these communities, a number of small scale projects have been initiated.
PDF B Amount
330,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
10,200,000 USD
GEF Grant
10,530,000 USD
Cofinancing Total
24,500,000 USD
Project Cost
35,030,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
970,000 USD
GEF Project (CEO Endo.)
10,200,000 USD
Cofinancing Total (CEO Endo.)
24,600,000 USD
Project Cost (CEO Endo.)
35,130,000 USD
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