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Detail of GEF Project #457

GEF Project ID457
Funding SourceGEF Trust Fund
Project NameBiological Diversity Conservation through Participatory Rehabilitation of the Degraded Lands of the Arid and Semi-Arid Transboundary Areas of Mauritania and Senegal
Focal AreaBiodiversity
Operational Program1
PDF-A Approval Date1997-02-01
Approval Date1998-03-30
CEO Endorsement Date2000-08-23
GEF Agency Approval Date2000-10-02
Project Completion Date2009-09-29
Project StatusProject Completion
Executing AgencyUnited Nations Office for Projects Services
DescriptionThe project will address the root causes of biodiversity loss from land degradation in the five critical, upland and floodplain ecosystems of a 60,000 km2 portion of the trans-border Senegal River Valley in Senegal and Mauritania. The project will improve on techniques for rehabilitating the natural ecosystems of these degraded lands. It will develop and apply participatory resource management systems, especially those that generate resource-based income and consequent economic incentives for sustainable management. Fire prevention and suppression of fire-sensitive ecosystems will be strengthened. Measures to decrease pressures on the forest and range resources will be undertaken. Ecosystem restoration and improved fire control will have the double benefit of enhancing carbon sinks. Institutional capacity will be strengthened at all levels from the village to the cross-national.
Implementation StatusTwelve cooperatives out of 16 have been legally established. The concessions for the management of sites has been effected for 14 sites. Protocols for protected forests management have been signed by relevant stakeholders for two sites in Mauritania in August 2007. The list of sites and the description of techniques to be utilized in each site are available. Local rules for the management of all 16 sites have been developed and validated with the population. Some rules (such as prohibition of tree cutting, charcoal-making, alevine fishing …) are being enforced in some sites. Activities such as wild fruit or dry wood collection are autorised but controlled by local authorities and the cooperatives. Ten Management Plans have been validated by the local communities. Credit has been made available for sustainable livelihood activities and rate of reimbursement are satisfactory (71 \% in average). Capacity building activities have also started.
PDF A Amount
25,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
7,971,000 USD
GEF Grant
7,996,000 USD
Cofinancing Total
4,370,000 USD
Project Cost
12,366,000 USD
GEF Project (CEO Endo.)
7,891,000 USD
Cofinancing Total (CEO Endo.)
4,370,000 USD
Project Cost (CEO Endo.)
12,286,000 USD
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