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Detail of GEF Project #346

GEF Project ID346
Funding SourceGEF Trust Fund
Project NameControl of Exotic Aquatic Weeds in Rivers and Coastal Lagoons to Enhance and Restore Biodiversity
CountryCote d'Ivoire
Focal AreaBiodiversity
Operational Program2
Approval Date1992-12-01
GEF Agency Approval Date1995-11-20
Project Completion Date2004-08-01
Project StatusProject Closure
Executing AgencyCentre Ivoirien Anti-Pollution
DescriptionThe infestation of bodies of water by invasive aquatic plants (IAP) initially observed in the early 1980s is now reaching alarming proportions. The main invasive species is Eichhornia crassipes but Salvinia molesta and Pistia stratiotes have also been observed, as have other species (lotus, nymphaea, etc.). These weeds are seriously impacting the life of the riparian human population. They also pose a threat to aquatic life. Some fresh water bodies are entirely covered. Aquatic life is also impacted by chemical shock in the lagoons' brackish water where large quantities of water hyacinth are carried by floods and accumulate to rot. It is necessary to preserve the very rich but as yet little known biodiversity of the Ivorian aquatic ecosystems.
Implementation StatusThe project is reaching its final stages. Working sessions with the Project for Supporting Rural Development in the Lakes Region (PADER-LACS) and partners made it possible for the Aquatic Weeds project team to finalize the Terms of reference for a study, which will enhance the focus of project interventions and the incorporate a wide range of views by different stakeholders with regards to the composition, functioning and dynamics of local committees. Maps over land use and occupation, also showing invasive species infestation of the river basins feeding Lake Kossou, have been prepared. They will be validated after the field mission currently under way. The cultivation and release of biological control agents in the waters of project sites, as well as the monitoring of water quality continues on the pilot watersheds. A communication plan for the project still needs to be adopted in a concerted manner.
GEF Project Grant
3,000,000 USD
GEF Grant
3,000,000 USD
Cofinancing Total
1,900,000 USD
Project Cost
4,900,000 USD
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