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Detail of GEF Project #1254

GEF Project ID1254
Funding SourceGEF Trust Fund
Project NameIntegrating Watershed and Coastal Area Management (IWCAM) in the Small Island Developing States of the Caribbean
RegionLatin America and Caribbean
Focal AreaInternational Waters
Operational Program9
Pipeline Entry Date1999-10-01
PDF-B Approval Date2000-05-04
PDF-B(Supplemental Approval Date2002-09-23
Approval Date2004-05-21
CEO Endorsement Date2005-02-18
GEF Agency Approval Date2006-07-25
Project Completion Date2011-07-01
Project StatusProject Completion
Executing AgencyThe Secretariat of the Cartagena Convention; The Caribbean Environmental Health Institute
DescriptionThe overall objective of the proposed project will be to assist participating countries in improving their watershed and coastal zone management practices in support of sustainable development. The project will include the following components addressing areas of priority concern: coastal area management and biodiversity; tourism development; protection of water supplies; land based sources of pollution; climate change. Activities undertaken during the full project will include, amongst others, demonstrations in the fields of marine pollution reduction and waste management, land use, soil degradation and watershed management. Addressing water resources management and conservation under conditions of stress may include pilot projects demonstrating innovative approaches to: water storage, distribution, treatment and re-use, and to conservation of scarce resources in high demand sectors such as tourism. The project may also include pilot activities addressing information, management, policy and economic failures where these are identified as critical elements in the cusal relationships between environmental issues and problems and the societal causes of such problems. The objective of the PDF-B work is to develop a fully costed project brief and to establish an agreed institutional framework for execution of the full project activities. March 2004 - Work Program Inclusion The full project is the result of a commitment by the 13 participatory SIDS of the Caribbean Region to resolve the concerns regarding the inadequate and inappropriate approaches to sustainable development and natural resource management. Specifically the countries would wish to seek support in the development of a more integrated approach to coastal and watershed issues, processes and policy development. The direct causal linkages between the threats to the coastal and watershed environment and socio-economic/political issues are recognised. The need to address these linkages and the root causes in a sustainable manner at the socio-economic and policy level is paramount. By implementing the project activities the country of the region will significantly contribute to the protection of globally-significant biodiversity within the Caribbean region through the long-term sustainable management of biological resources and ecosystems, while mitigating or eliminating regional transboundary threats to those resources and ecosystems.
Implementation StatusProgress was slow at inception due to the introduction of a third Executing Agency (UNOPS) and the need for Memoranda of Agreement between UNOPS and the demo projects. All but Cuba have seen progress made. By June of 2007, 8 demo sites had signed the MoA and received the first tranche of funds. Work plans have been prepared for 4 sites. Most have seen progress made, on-the-ground, with activities such as public awareness and environmental monitoring underway. Awareness activities, baseline data collection, and stakeholder consultations took place across the demo sites. Staff members were recruited for a number of demo projects and National Inception meetings or Intersectoral Committee meetings were held. Substantive work began on the demo projects in Jamaica, Tobago, Antigua, and St. Lucia.
PDF B Amount
316,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
13,382,691 USD
GEF Grant
13,990,841 USD
Cofinancing Total
98,269,493 USD
Project Cost
112,260,334 USD
GEF Agency Fees
1,126,320 USD
GEF Project (CEO Endo.)
13,782,691 USD
Cofinancing Total (CEO Endo.)
98,269,493 USD
Project Cost (CEO Endo.)
112,660,334 USD
GEF Agency Fees (CEO Endo.)
1,126,320 USD
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