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Detail of GEF Project #1734

GEF Project ID1734
Funding SourceGEF Trust Fund
Project NameThe Development and Management of the Selous-Niassa Wildlife Corridor
Focal AreaBiodiversity
Operational Program3
PDF-A Approval Date2000-12-10
Approval Date2004-05-24
GEF Agency Approval Date2005-03-15
Project Completion Date2008-12-01
Project StatusProject Completion
Executing AgencySelous Conservation Programme of Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism
DescriptionThe Selous – Niassa Wildlife corridor is classified as a threatened miombo woodland ecosystem linking the Selous and Niassa Game Reserves, two of the largest protected areas in Tanzania and Mozambique. If the predicted development pressures on this Corridor are not addressed this corridor and associated conservation benefits could lose its ecological integrity and so conservation role in the next six - seven years. Immediate Objectives 1. The Selous-Niassa Wildlife Corridor is effectively conserved, with the establishment of a network of village wildlife management areas that are protected, managed and utilised sustainably by the local communities with the assistance of Local Government and Wildlife Division. 2. Benefits from wildlife management enhance the livelihood security of villages with WMAs, and promote the long-term conservation of the corridor.
Implementation StatusThis Medium Size Project aims at conserving the viable wildlife corridor between Selous and Niassa Game Reserves through establishment of a network of Village Wildlife Management Areas (WMA’s), recently provided for by Tanzania’s new Wildlife Policy. The creation of WMAs requires that local communities concerned participate in active planning, protection and management of these areas and derive benefits from wildlife management. Training workshops have been run on the Village Land Act and regulations. The project has resulted in improved cross-border cooperation between conservation agencies and police of Tanzania and Mozambique after meetings and the signing of a memorandum of Understanding for regional cross-border cooperation which enables the establishment of cross-border working group on environment and conservation. The permanent Project Manager was appointed in June 2007. The project was subject to an independent mid-term evaluation at the end of July 2007. A case study on Peace Parks, Conservation and Conflict Resolution (MIT Press) should be available by October 2007.
PDF A Amount
13,500 USD
GEF Project Grant
986,500 USD
GEF Grant
1,000,000 USD
Cofinancing Total
1,060,000 USD
Project Cost
2,060,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
146,000 USD
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