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Detail of GEF Project #1462

GEF Project ID1462
Funding SourceGEF Trust Fund
Project NameProgramme for the Agulhas and Somali Current Large Marine Ecosystems: Agulhas and Somali Current Large Marine Ecosystems Project (ASCLMEs)
Focal AreaInternational Waters
Operational Program8; 9
PDF-A Approval Date2001-11-16
Pipeline Entry Date2003-11-14
PDF-B Approval Date2003-11-14
Approval Date2005-09-13
CEO Endorsement Date2006-12-19
GEF Agency Approval Date2007-02-26
Project StatusProject Completion
Executing AgencyUnited Nations Office to Project Services (UNOPS)
DescriptionThe Objective of the Project is to work with two other "thematic" GEF international waters projects in the area as part of a "strategic approach" to fill gaps in understanding of transboundary living resources of the two LMEs and to build capacity of the participating countries to utilize this improved understanding for more effective management by use of an ecosystem approach. This information and capacity then would be utilized by governments as part of the frameworks being established by the three projects collectively. The project is innovative in that it is being designed to complement two existing projects in the same LMEs, each with a different GEF implementating agency covering a different aspect of the same system with linkages created between them. This is being tried in these 2 LMEs for the first time to test reducing transactions costs of IA interactions. This is also the first replication of the approach taken in the Benguela Current LME project on the other side of Africa. Bilateral funding was used to build country capacity in sampling and then understanding their transboundary resources before GEF was asked to assist. The capacity was built through joint cruises and sampling to understand how their transboundary living resources worked so that information could underpin management. This project replicates that approach but utilizes GEF resources along with a ship potentially provided by Norway to slowly build country understanding to fill essential gaps on the transboundary nature of living resources and in doing so build their capacity to bring this information for fisheries/living resources management purposes. This is a pre-SAP project and will contribute at project's end to a revised TDA/SAP for the LMEs as one outcome in conjunction with the other 2 projects.
Implementation StatusThe project was rendered effective following signature of the project document by the participating countries on 6 August 2008. A Project Coordination Unit has been set up in Grahamstown South Africa, and a Project Director recruited following an international search. A Monitoring and Evaluation Plan, Coordination Plan covering cooperation with parallel UNEP and WB supported activities and Stakeholder Participation Plan have been prepared. A detailed Inception Report and Activity Plan, linked to the Project Logical Framework and Budget is being prepared and will be presented for approval to the first project steering committee meeting, which will be convened in Mauritius in December 2007. The project will be launched at the forthcoming meeting of the Conference of the Parties for the Nairobi and Abidjan Conventions, which is being held in Cape Town in November 2007.
PDF A Amount
25,000 USD
PDF B Amount
698,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
12,200,000 USD
GEF Grant
12,923,000 USD
Cofinancing Total
18,262,500 USD
Project Cost
31,185,500 USD
GEF Agency Fees
1,163,070 USD
GEF Project (CEO Endo.)
12,200,000 USD
Cofinancing Total (CEO Endo.)
18,470,000 USD
Project Cost (CEO Endo.)
31,393,000 USD
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