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Detail of GEF Project #886

GEF Project ID886
Funding SourceGEF Trust Fund
Project NameImplementation of Strategic Action Program for the Bermejo River Binational Basin: Phase II
CountryRegional
RegionRegional
Focal AreaInternational Waters
Operational Program9; 1
Pipeline Entry Date2000-05-04
Approval Date2000-11-01
CEO Endorsement Date2001-04-30
GEF Agency Approval Date2001-05-02
Project Completion Date2010-03-01
Project StatusProject Completion
GEF AgencyUNEP
Executing AgencyOAS, Binational Commission - Upper Bermejo
DescriptionThis project catalyzes the implementation of the Strategic Action Program for the Bermejo River Binational Basin. The project will implement specific strategic activities identified in the GEF-financed strategic action program (SAP), that address the principal root causes of soil degradation as set forth in the transboundary diagnostic analysis (TDA) and, in doing so, will provide the necessary institutional, legal, and informational basis to enhance and restore the environmental functioning of the system, and provide protection to endemic species within the five component ecosystems - montane, humid forest, arid Chaco/savannah, sub-humid Chaco, and humid Chaco. These actions, with increamental costs, will complement Basin-scale interventions by the Binational Commission, and the governments of Argentia and Bolivia, financed in part from national and provincial/prefectural sources and by international loan funding, many of which address expected baseline activities. Strengthening of Basin institutions, building of agency and organizational capacity, and integration of environmental concerns into economic development activites on a sustainable basis, and the promotion of the public awareness and participation are key elements of this project.
Implementation StatusActivities progress with about 56\% executed per revised workplan despite political disruption. Included in Local Benefit Study and IW Programme Study. Mid-term review conducted October – December 2004. Steering group meetings Oct 2004, Jan 2005 and Mar 2005 focused on strengthening project with respect to institutional and legal binational arrangements, financial sustainability and institutionalization of multi-stakeholder involvement in the Binational Commission. In Argentina, improved participation of Lower Basin representatives through Regional Coordinating Committee contributes to establishing framework and scope of the coordinating, programming, and control mechanism for water resource management, under framework of the Binational Commission. Lack of political, institutional, and financial support to COREBE limits progress in addressing institutional weaknesses. In Bolivia, direct relationship of project technical unit with Tarija Prefecture has generated interest and counterpart financing for SAP actions. However, isolation of project activities at national level limits development of a financing strategy for the long-term SAP. Due to the political difficulties at the level of the Binational Commission in Argentina – COREBE – very little has been achieved during FY06. On the Bolivian side works has been progressing apparently according to schedule. Difficult however to report recent progress to date, as the executing agency project manager has not been delivering progress reports for the 9 past months.
GEF Project Grant
11,040,000 USD
GEF Grant
11,040,000 USD
Cofinancing Total
8,730,000 USD
Project Cost
19,770,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
452,000 USD
GEF Project (CEO Endo.)
11,040,000 USD
Cofinancing Total (CEO Endo.)
8,730,000 USD
Project Cost (CEO Endo.)
19,770,000 USD
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