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Detail of GEF Project #1097

GEF Project ID1097
Funding SourceGEF Trust Fund
Project NameDevelopment of a Wetland Site and Flyway Network for Conservation of the Siberian Crane and Other Migratory Waterbirds in Asia
Focal AreaBiodiversity
Operational Program2
Pipeline Entry Date1999-10-01
PDF-B Approval Date1999-09-11
Approval Date2002-10-15
CEO Endorsement Date2003-02-26
GEF Agency Approval Date2003-03-07
Project Completion Date2009-12-01
Project StatusProject Completion
Executing AgencyState Forestry Admin. (Peoples Rep. of China), Dept. of Env. (Islamic Rep. of Iran), Min. of Nat. Resources & Env. Protection(Rep. of Kazakhstan), Min. of Nat. Resources (Russian Federation) and the International Crane Foundation
DescriptionThe objective of the project is to conserve the network of critical wetlands needed for survival of the Siberian Cranes, other threatened cranes, and numerous water birds that form an important resource for local populations. The project focuses on the conservation of the international network of wetlands upon which this species depends, together with a wide range of other wetland biodiversity. Nearly fifty percent of these wetlands are Ramsar sites. The project area covers the flyways used by populations of Siberian Cranes in western Central Asia and in East Asia targeting key wetland sites located in China, Iran, Kazakhstan and Russia. The project includes the following components: (a) measures for conservation of key flyway wetlands; (b) national measures for conservation of flyway wetlands and migratory waterbirds; and (c) international measures for flyway network development. Site level activities expected are legal protection, management plans, stakeholder participation, capacity building, public awareness and education programs, and alternative livelihood projects.
Implementation StatusThe Mid-Term Review Final report was discussed and approved at the Fifth Steering Committee Meeting in Sep 2006. Revised Phase 2 Workplans for all project components submitted to UNEP and approved. ICF signed up as a member of the new East Asia– Australasia Flyway Partnership and presented relevant SCWP activities as part of the joint workplan for the partnership in 2007. The CMS MoU6 conference in May 2007 was a key event during the reporting period. The launch of the Western/Central Asia Site Network during this meeting was also a significant achievement. The regional training workshop on management planning brought together experts from across the project and achieved its goals of sharing information on management planning, avian influenza and related issues. Progress on exchange programs continued with Yakutian experts visiting Poyang for this workshop and Russian experts traveling to Kazakhstan for migratory waterbird monitoring. Although Iran’s imminent participation as a CMS member is significant, progress on national programme implementation remains behind schedule mainly due to ongoing weak government management capacity at sites. Project management problems continue in Russia seriously affecting project performance in this country. The PD conducted missions to Moscow in Feb and May 2007 to negotiate with MNR staff, UNEP Russia staff, UNEP/GEF ECORA staff, prospective NGOs, and Ecologia to resolve issues on MNR appointment of a NEA and NPD.
PDF B Amount
350,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
10,000,000 USD
GEF Grant
10,350,000 USD
Cofinancing Total
12,358,000 USD
Project Cost
22,708,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
417,000 USD
GEF Project (CEO Endo.)
10,000,000 USD
Cofinancing Total (CEO Endo.)
13,334,370 USD
Project Cost (CEO Endo.)
23,684,370 USD
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