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Detail of GEF Project #357

GEF Project ID357
Funding SourceGEF Trust Fund
Project NameInstitutional Support for the Protection of East African Biodiversity
Focal AreaBiodiversity
Operational ProgramSTRM
Approval Date1991-05-01
GEF Agency Approval Date1992-10-01
Project Completion Date1996-01-31
Project StatusProject Closure
Executing AgencyFood and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations
DescriptionThis regional project (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda) supports existing government and non-governmental organziations that are concerned with the conservation and management of natural resources to enhance their capacity to deal with biodiversity conservation. This project combines institutional support (education, in-service training and awareness-enhancing activities) with on-the-ground conservation activity that is intended to put training into practice. The project aims to improve coordination within country by (a) establishing or supporting existing biodiversity units within government environmental agencies and (b) enhancing regional collaboration through support of training and information-sharing activities. The executing agency, the UN FAO will promote regional coordination and cooperation through a central Chief Technical Advisor office in Tanzania.
Implementation StatusThe project was completed in December 1996. The Terminal Evaluation Report confirms that this has been a very successful project in terms of developing institutional capacity to deal with, and raising awareness of, biodiversity in the three East African countries (Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania). As intended in project design, the main focus has been on institutional capacity building, rather than site specific actions, and the prospects for the sustainability of this enhanced capacity are considered good. The project has also developed effective technical collaboration between the countries and again, the prospects for the sustainability of these regional networks is good, particularly in view of the current re-emergence of strong East African cooperation at high political and economic levels. The project has also been highly successful in providing a springboard for a series of new biodiversity conservation activities in the region, including the Uganda wetlands programme and the preparation of national biodiversity strategies in all three countries. Presentations on the project at the IUCN General Assembly in Montreal and the CBD Conference of the Parties in Buenos Aires received much favourable attention. (vg28may99).
GEF Project Grant
10,000,000 USD
GEF Grant
10,000,000 USD
Project Cost
10,000,000 USD
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