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Detail of GEF Project #1713

GEF Project ID1713
Funding SourceGEF Trust Fund
Project NameImproved Management and Conservation Practices for the Cocos Island Marine Conservation Area
CountryCosta Rica
RegionLatin America and Caribbean
Focal AreaBiodiversity
Operational Program2
PDF-A Approval Date1999-06-22
Approval Date2003-04-28
GEF Agency Approval Date2004-04-02
Project Completion Date2009-12-31
Project StatusProject Completion
Executing AgencyThe Cocos Island Marine Conservation Area (CIMCA)
DescriptionThis project will result in the reduction of threats to the Island’s marine and terrestrial biodiversity through strengthening protected areas management and regulating local economic activities in a sustainable manner. As other islands, Cocos Island has evolved quite isolated from the mainland leading to a high degree of marine and terrestrial biodiversity and high endemism. These biodiversity is under threat due to among other things: extensive fishing, visitation and tourism, and the introduction of alien, invasive species. The project will improve enforcement and compliance with policy and regulatory frameworks, improve tourism management eradicate and control alien, invasive species to allow restoration of native species, develop financial instruments to generate revenues to sustain conservation activities and provide economic incentives to promote sustainable use of biodiversity resources, and reform relevant policy and regulatory frameworks as needed to create a secure, functioning and effective enabling environment.
Implementation StatusJan-March 2007: Advances in all 5 components of the project since December 2006, when new coordinator was hired: 1. Compliance with Park regulations: Alliance between institutional stakeholders to build capacity on evidence handling by civil servants responsible of denouncing illegal fishing. Patrol boat to be bought identified. 2. Tourism Operations Impact: Meetings and workshops with diving operators led to outline for actualization of the Park's public use normative. 3.Erradication Invasive Species: Defined institutional position on what strategy to pursue; communication plan defined; environmental impact assessment for the defined strategy. 4. Fundraising: Establishment of Sponsors Program targeted to yacht owners visiting the park. Mass Media campaign designed. 5. Policy: Established a plan for the expansion of marine protected area limits. Multi-stakeholder identification of legislation that is to be formulated or reformed. Delivery Rate: Annual Budget for current calendar year $514.500 Budget expenditures to date (March 31) $ 92.874 Delivery rate (budget expenditure/annual budget) 18 \%
PDF A Amount
25,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
975,000 USD
GEF Grant
1,000,000 USD
Cofinancing Total
2,174,553 USD
Project Cost
3,174,553 USD
GEF Agency Fees
146,000 USD
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