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Detail of GEF Project #1270

GEF Project ID1270
Funding SourceGEF Trust Fund
Project NameMarine Electronic Highway Demonstration
RegionAsia and the Pacific
Focal AreaInternational Waters
Operational Program10
Pipeline Entry Date2000-09-28
PDF-B Approval Date2000-11-07
PDF-B(Supplemental Approval Date2001-08-17
Approval Date2003-08-25
CEO Endorsement Date2006-04-27
GEF Agency Approval Date2006-06-13
Project Completion Date2011-06-30
Project StatusProject Completion
GEF AgencyWorld Bank
Executing AgencyIMO
DescriptionThe coastal marine and natural resources of south-east Asia's Straits of Malacca and Singapore are estimated to have a net economic value of over $5 billion, which make it one of the most valuable international sea lanes in the world. The Marine Electronic Highway (MEH) Demonstration Project is the first phase of a potential tow-phase MEH Development Program that is designed to help the littoral countries conserve sustainable use of resources. The Program's economic development goal is to improve the efficiency, safety and environmental sustainability of marine transport through the Straits. Its global environment goal is conservation of the Strait's biologically rich marine and coastal ecosystems. The MEH Program would achieve these goals by: a) reducing the frequency of ship collisions in the Strait's congested sea lanes; b) making marine navigation in the Straits safer and more cost effective; c) deterring illegal bilge water and other ship waste releases, and d) establishing a MEH-supported fund to co-finance both the MEH system and coastal and marine resource conservation in the Straits. If the Straits MEH Program achieves regional objectives and goals, it should stimulate extension of the MEH to the entire Persian Gulf to Far East shipping route and its replication on other major world shipping routes. The objective of the first phase of the MEH Program - the Marine Electronic Highway Demonstration Project - is to determine if a MEH system for the Straits of Malacca and Singapore is economically and environmentally justified and is financially sustainable.
Implementation StatusGEF Council approved the project submission to the GEF Work Program in August 2003. Preparation is currently underway for the submission for Bank's Board approval in August 2005.
PDF B Amount
350,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
8,000,000 USD
GEF Grant
8,473,000 USD
Cofinancing Total
7,500,000 USD
Project Cost
15,973,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
932,000 USD
GEF Project (CEO Endo.)
8,300,000 USD
Cofinancing Total (CEO Endo.)
7,500,000 USD
Project Cost (CEO Endo.)
16,273,000 USD
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