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Detail of GEF Project #2

GEF Project ID2
Funding SourceGEF Trust Fund
Project NameSamar Island Biodiversity Project: Conservation and Sustainable Use of the Biodiversity of a Forested Protected Area
RegionAsia and the Pacific
Focal AreaBiodiversity
Operational Program3
PDF-B Approval Date1997-12-19
Approval Date1999-12-01
CEO Endorsement Date2000-07-12
GEF Agency Approval Date2000-07-14
Project Completion Date2011-12-09
Project StatusProject Completion
Executing AgencyDepartment of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
DescriptionSamar island - the third largest island in the Philippine archipelago—contains some of the Philippines’ largest extant, unfragmented tracts of lowland rainforest. Although these forests are widely recognized to be an important repository of biodiversity, civil disorder problems in Samar have, until recently, hampered conservation management. Civil order has now been restored, providing a historic window of opportunity to expand the conservation estate. The Project would establish the Samar Island Natural Park (SINP), a new protected area zoned for multiple uses centering on protection, but providing for sustainable harvests of non-timber forest products, and institute a comprehensive range of ancillary conservation measures to insulate the Park from human pressures. Park management would be operationalized in partnership with forest-edge communities with the aim of establishing a ‘social fence’ against threats. Interventions will strengthen participatory planning, process-response monitoring, surveillance and enforcement functions, enhance the conservation management capacities of communities, impart conservation values to wider Samareño society, backstop advocacy operations, and abet development of conservation-compatible village livelihoods. Implementation will be phased to nurture nascent conservation processes through to maturity. The GEF will share the cost of these interventions with other financiers.
Implementation StatusThe project is in the last month of its implementation in September 2007. In coordination with Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office and Community of Environment and Natural Resources Office, the Protected Area Superintendent Office maintain the operation of the Protected Area Headquarters Office and two sub-offices in Alen, Northern Samar and Sta. Rita. Protected Area Management Board held its regular meeting last September in Catbalogan Samar to discuss Park management issues i.e. adoption of revised rates for Samar Island Natural Park (SINP) fees and charges which have been approved. Continuous coordination with Local Government Units in Jiabong and Motiong Samar was done in line with the drafting of Forest Land Use Plans to ensure integration of conservation objectives. Discussion with Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau and UNDP Manila in consultation with UNDP/GEF Regional Technical Advisor on the next phase of the SINP was done. Project Identification Form (PIF) for the strengthening of terrestrial Protected Areas which will include Phase II of the SINP was drafted.
PDF B Amount
350,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
5,759,470 USD
GEF Grant
6,109,470 USD
Cofinancing Total
7,198,420 USD
Project Cost
13,307,890 USD
GEF Agency Fees
610,000 USD
GEF Project (CEO Endo.)
5,759,470 USD
Cofinancing Total (CEO Endo.)
7,123,420 USD
Project Cost (CEO Endo.)
13,232,890 USD
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