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Detail of GEF Project #352

GEF Project ID352
Funding SourceGEF Trust Fund
Project NameDevelopment of Wildlife Conservation and Protected Areas Management
CountrySri Lanka
RegionAsia and the Pacific
Focal AreaBiodiversity
Operational Program3; 2
Approval Date1991-12-01
GEF Agency Approval Date1992-05-27
Project Completion Date1999-09-15
Project StatusProject Closure
Executing AgencyFAO, IUCN
DescriptionProject raises scientific and technical capacity of government officials to establish and manage protected areas and communicate their importance to local people. Trains staff in management planning, develops investment strategies as part of management plans, establishes four new portected areas, and reduces human/elephant conflict through survey of elephant population.
Implementation StatusThe project has been operationally completed. The results of the terminal evaluation (8/99) were reviewed at the final TPR 9/99. As early as 1994 TPR it was recognized that this capacity building project required a much longer term than the assigned five years. The project underwent a revision in 1995 following very poor progress during 1992-94, which inter alia led to the extension in project term by two years (up to 1999). Several 'outputs' were enhanced and activities concerted. Three important outputs on (i) setting up of a national wildlife training center, (ii) formulation of an ecodevelopment plan for a PA as a pilot case and, (iii) formulation of a plan for the institutional strengthening of DWLC, were added. Ever since then the project made rapid and resolute progress. Outstanding successes have been achieved in all activity sectors. In HRD, almost all existing, and a large proportion of new staff were trained, far exceeding the prescribed quantitative output. The operationalization of the national wildlife training center so as to provide training to DWLC staff up to rangers is a major HRD achievement. Preparation of proper resource inventory based PA plans also covering ecodevelopment as a strategy for reduction of local pressures on park resources, has been achieved as targeted. These plans are in the form of ready to fund projects. The project has been able to leverage donor support by eliciting a commitment from AsDB for $20 million for implementation of some of the project prepared plans. The conduct of eight management research and two elephant management studies, has initiated the staff into scientific basis of management, particularly after the training they received. Field research based development of strategies for long term elephant conservation and mitigation of human-elephant conflict has opened up scope for well directed management measures.
GEF Project Grant
4,087,130 USD
GEF Grant
4,087,130 USD
Cofinancing Total
5,243,672 USD
Project Cost
9,330,802 USD
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