Check our new websites: and we'd love your feedback

Detail of GEF Project #1055

GEF Project ID1055
Funding SourceGEF Trust Fund
Project NameAgulhas Biodiversity Initiative (ABI)
CountrySouth Africa
Focal AreaBiodiversity
Operational Program1
Pipeline Entry Date2001-07-02
PDF-B Approval Date2001-08-16
Approval Date2003-05-16
CEO Endorsement Date2003-07-30
GEF Agency Approval Date2003-09-10
Project Completion Date2010-09-30
Project StatusProject Completion
Executing AgencySouth African National Parks
DescriptionThe Agulhas Biodiversity Initiative (ABI) comprises one of three complementary GEF initiatives in support of C.A.P.E. aimed at strengthening systemic, institutional and individual capacities and establishing the know-how needed for conservation in different ecological and socio-economic conditions as needed to attain and sustain positive conservation outcomes. The initiative has been designed to distil lessons and best practices in Phase 1 of C.A.P.E., through demonstration activities geared to addressing gaps in the management framework, to inform implementation of subsequent phases. The Agulhas Plain constitutes one of the largest extant storehouses of lowland fynbos and Renosterveld habitats in the world. The diversity of habitat types, wetland ecosystems, Red data plant species and local endemics is unmatched in the CFR. The area is currently being threatened by a range of anthropogenic pressures, but nevertheless constitutes one of the best remaining opportunities at an in situ site level for conserving the CFR’s lowland habitats. ABI would pilot new management measures and institutional arrangements for conservation at a sub-regional level, tied closely to the activities of the productive sectors and rooted in decentralised governance frameworks.
Implementation StatusThe C.A.P.E. Agulhas Biodiversity Initiative (“ABI”) is piloting governance and co-management arrangements for conservation and development on the Agulhas Plain and exploring ways in which conservation authorities, district and local municipalities, organised agriculture, conservancy associations, conservation trusts, the private sector and local communities can collaborate in managing and conserving biodiversity at the landscape level. The project has informed the South African institutional framework for conservation which has resulted in a number of significant policy and institutional changes and advanced negotiations for new, progressive, cooperative conservation practices. Conservation objectives are being progressively mainstreamed into the agriculture sector, which has had a strong impact on the ground (and ensuring that buffer areas and conservation corridors surrounding or linking protected areas are fulfilling their purpose). A very positive Mid-Term Review was completed in April 2007, the recommendations of which are being incorporated into the 2008 Work Plan.
PDF B Amount
78,550 USD
GEF Project Grant
3,147,675 USD
GEF Grant
3,226,225 USD
Cofinancing Total
8,558,550 USD
Project Cost
11,784,775 USD
GEF Agency Fees
382,000 USD
GEF Project (CEO Endo.)
3,147,675 USD
Cofinancing Total (CEO Endo.)
8,558,550 USD
Project Cost (CEO Endo.)
11,784,775 USD
Project Documents

Related Links: Country Profile | Project Search