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Detail of GEF Project #504

GEF Project ID504
Funding SourceGEF Trust Fund
Project NameManagement of Indigenous Vegetation for the Rehabilitation of Degraded Rangelands in the Arid Zone of Africa
Focal AreaBiodiversity
Operational Program1
PDF-B Approval Date1997-06-26
Approval Date1998-11-01
CEO Endorsement Date2001-02-22
GEF Agency Approval Date2001-06-08
Project Completion Date2007-09-30
Project StatusProject Closure
Executing AgencyMin. of Agriculture (Botswana); Ministry of Environmental Conservation (Kenya); Ministry of Environment (Mali)
DescriptionThe objective of this demonstration project is to conserve and rehabilitate globally significant biodiversity in three African dryland areas. Activities proposed under the project include (a) establishment and strengthening of appropriate indigenous management systems; (b) establishment of a regional arid zone biodatabase; © rehabilitation of indigenous vegetation and degraded lands; (d) improvement in livestock production and marketing, and provision of alternative livelihood; (e) technology transfer and training; and (f) targeted research.
Implementation StatusAll three partner countries have produced the rangeland management plans that were the main expected output for the past year. In a few cases, they still have to be approved by the pertinent local authorities. Only in Marsabit (Kenya) the communities have started to implement these plans under the guidance of the project; in the remaining project sites, time will be insufficient to start implementation. In the past year the three projects have emphasized capacity-building of community members more than hitherto but it is doubtful whether a level has been achieved that will allow execution of the management plans by these communities after termination of the project without major outside assistance. A weak point in project execution has always been the collection of information; this weakness has been overcome to some extent with the contracting of a consultancy firm for the design of a regional database. The 12 students sent to Norway have completed their MSc degrees. The three national research institutes tasked with the execution of site-specific research in the participating countries are in the process of completing their final reports. Except for some promises of institutional adjustments, little progress has been made with respect to the mainstreaming of community-based rangeland management and biodiversity conservation.
PDF B Amount
330,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
8,724,000 USD
GEF Grant
9,054,000 USD
Cofinancing Total
4,330,000 USD
Project Cost
13,384,000 USD
GEF Project (CEO Endo.)
8,724,000 USD
Cofinancing Total (CEO Endo.)
3,550,000 USD
Project Cost (CEO Endo.)
12,604,000 USD
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