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Detail of GEF Project #1666

GEF Project ID1666
Funding SourceGEF Trust Fund
Project NameDevelopment and Implementation of a Sustainable Resource Management Plan for Marsabit Mountain and its associated Watersheds
Focal AreaLand Degradation
Operational Program15; 1; 4; 15
PDF-A Approval Date2002-04-29
Approval Date2004-01-29
GEF Agency Approval Date2004-07-02
Project Completion Date2008-05-31
Project StatusProject Completion
Executing AgencyAgricultural Research Foundation (AGREF)
DescriptionThe overall goal of the project is to ensure the long -term conservation and sustainable use of the unique mountain ecosystems in Marsabit by developing and implementing a management plan that could be replicated in similar environments in the Horn of Africa. Objective 1 Develop a Resource Management Plan for Mt Marsabit and its Environs that includes finalisation of the delineation of the boundaries of the protected areas and to clarify the jurisdiction of the main institutional stakeholders and implementation of some priority aspects of that Resource Management plan. Objective 2 To enhance the knowledge base and information management by creating an information system, including a database on Marsabit Mountain and its immediate surroundings. Objective 3 To protect the Marsabit forest by promoting the access to water resources outside the forest, and by promoting on-farm forestry. Objective 4 To support integrated and sustainable crop-livestock production systems in zones adjacent to the forest. Objective 5 To support establishment of a viable livestock marketing system and other income generating activities with the aim of reducing pressure on the mountain ecosystem, thus contributing towards conservation of biodiversity. Objective 6 To support capacity building of local stakeholders, including communities and institutions, to sustainably manage natural resources and to resolve land-use conflicts.
Implementation StatusAvailability of data from the Resource Inventory phase made it possible to start working with communities on the periphery of the mountain that use the forest resources. The earliest candidates were the 15 Manyatta or villages that own Gotu Gadi gorge whose inter-communal feuding had made progress in constructing a dam that would help reduce livestock pressure on the forest possible. The pledge of about $149,000 funding for the project through a project-hosted dam survey and design expedition in which the community had agreed to participate has changed their perception and appreciated potential benefits. This, along with greater interest by a new team of helpful government administrative officials has brought the warring communities together and moved prospects for the dam construction closer to realisation. In addition to this, favourable short rains made progress in the establishing of new community woodlots and associated nurseries faster.
PDF A Amount
25,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
924,000 USD
GEF Grant
949,000 USD
Cofinancing Total
1,504,099 USD
Project Cost
2,453,099 USD
GEF Agency Fees
146,000 USD
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