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Detail of GEF Project #500

GEF Project ID500
Funding SourceGEF Trust Fund
Project NameIn-Situ Conservation of Native Cultivars and Their Wild Relatives
RegionLatin America and Caribbean
Focal AreaBiodiversity
Operational Program1
PDF-B Approval Date1995-11-08
Approval Date1998-11-01
CEO Endorsement Date2000-11-06
GEF Agency Approval Date2000-11-17
Project StatusProject Completion
Executing AgencyINIA
DescriptionThe long-term goal of this project is the conservation of agrobiodiversity in Peru, one of the world’s most important centers of origin of crop and plant genetic diversity. This project will target 11 important crop species, including several local varieties and wild relatives, for conservation of their genetic diversity within functioning agroecosystems. The project will focus activities in six key geographic areas (or micro-gene centers) and implement a series of strategic measures aimed at developing a comprehensive model or package of interventions designed to counteract threats to long-term conservation of genetic diversity from a variety of economic and cultural trends. Strategic measures include, providing specific standing to these areas as Special Management Areas, as well as targeted incentives to participating farmer communities and organizations to conserve crop genetic diversity; increasing the market acceptability of a broader range of native cultivars both within the six target areas and outside; maintaining gene flows through traditional practices within and between the target areas; and developing a sound information base and monitoring system to document genetic diversity, the traditional knowledge systems which sustain it, and experiences with marketing of traditional crops, as well as to provide a mechanism from which to feed lessons learned and best practices back to the stakeholder organizations and institutions of the six areas.
Implementation StatusThe project is in its last 12 months of implementation and has succeeded in increasing crop varieties in the conservation-oriented farmers’ lands. In addition, it has been instrumental in supporting the required policy changes and regulatory frameworks that will favor and promote in situ conservation of agro-biodiversity. Regional Governments, the National Institute for Agricultural Research (INIEA), the Congress and the national agency for environment (CONAM) are actively promoting debates and dialogues on in situ conservation of native crops. The National Plan on Agrobiodiversity has been officially enacted. Continuous and close interaction with farmers has renewed their motivation for in situ conservation of native crops and their wild relatives. Thematic systematizations are being produced for each project site. Strengthening of farmers’ organizations has resulted in partnerships with private sector (e.g. conservation-oriented farmers in Cusco and the Orient Express group who administers the five-star Monasterio Hotel in Cusco). A public awareness campaign to inform the public about intrinsic, historic, nutritional, etc., values of agrobiodiversity is being designed.
PDF B Amount
171,500 USD
GEF Project Grant
5,049,000 USD
GEF Grant
5,220,500 USD
Cofinancing Total
1,200,000 USD
Project Cost
6,420,500 USD
GEF Project (CEO Endo.)
5,049,000 USD
Cofinancing Total (CEO Endo.)
1,500,000 USD
Project Cost (CEO Endo.)
6,720,500 USD
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