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Detail of GEF Project #2571

GEF Project ID2571
Funding SourceGEF Trust Fund
Project NameDistance Learning and Information Sharing Tool for the Benguela Coastal Areas (DLIST-Benguela)
Focal AreaInternational Waters
Operational Program10
PDF-A Approval Date2004-08-18
Approval Date2005-03-10
GEF Agency Approval Date2005-07-19
Project Completion Date2008-12-31
Project StatusProject Completion
Executing AgencyUNOPS
DescriptionThe overall aim of DLIST-Benguela is to increase access of local communities to information that is critical to environmental management and sustainable livelihood creation, founded on the Benguela Current’s coastal and marine resources. Already through the pilot, as a tool accessible to a wide range of stakeholders, DLIST is ideally positioned to translate the outputs from the science and institutional building actions and investigations of the GEF IW BCLME program, and the BENEFIT program into management action, through mass education and awareness building amongst stakeholder communities. The BCLME Program’s focus is on facilitating adaptive management of the LME based on sound science and the active participation of all concerned stakeholders. The Program is providing support for the establishment of an Interim Benguela Current Commission (IBCC). Capacity building, within the IBCC and associated structures is considered key to the sustainable utilization of the array of resources contained in the BCLME, from artisanal fisheries to high tech exploitation of open sea resources. DLIST can contribute to the institution building/ capacity building by including a larger range of stakeholders in the overall management effort, and by broadening the management constituency. This is because DLIST promotes the sharing of ideas between coastal interest groups, different tiers of government and between a wide array of players that include local communities and the private sector. It also brings to its users information on emerging opportunities, shares the “lessons learned” by different sectors of society, and provides DLIST users with a strong and growing information base relating to the BCLME and its coastal areas.
Implementation StatusOpportunities for course development in Namibia were explored, with prospects of the UNAM course to start running in the first semester of 2008. The way forward for the Polytechnic of Namibia course was agreed upon and possibilities of designing a course for NACOMA were discussed. The project’s mid-term review was conducted on 29 June 2007. The mid-term review indicated that the project is well on track, however a few changes are required to the project’s indicators to better measure the outcomes.
PDF A Amount
25,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
748,000 USD
GEF Grant
773,000 USD
Cofinancing Total
797,800 USD
Project Cost
1,570,800 USD
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