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Detail of GEF Project #614

GEF Project ID614
Funding SourceGEF Trust Fund
Project NameDemonstrations of Innovative Approaches to the Rehabilitation of Heavily Contaminated Bays in the Wider Caribbean
RegionLatin America and Caribbean
Focal AreaInternational Waters
Operational Program10
Approval Date1999-05-07
CEO Endorsement Date2001-12-21
GEF Agency Approval Date2002-04-26
Project Completion Date2011-12-30
Project StatusProject Completion
Executing AgencyUN Office of Project Services
DescriptionThis initiative is a follow up of the Pilot Phase PRIF project “planning and Management of Heavily Contaminated Bays and Coastal Areas in the Wider Caribbean”; the project areas were Havana Bay (Cuba), Puerto Limon (Costa Rica0, Cartagena Bay (Colombia) and Kingston Harbour (Jamaica). This PRIF project resulted in the development of investment and institutional strenghtening plans and in the identification of sources of financing for the implementation of remedial actions. Leveraged baseline investments in the four bays were in excess of $250 million. As a follow-up to the PRIF and on-going baseline, the proposed GEF project will leverage national co-financing to help two of the countries to overcome a number of key barriers to the adoption of best practices that limit the contamination of their national and adjacent international waters. This would be achieved by implementing demonstration/pilot projects for reducing the input of priority transboundary contaminants, the nutrients nitrogen and phosphorus, to havana Bay, Kingston Harbour and the adjacent Wider Caribbean. The project will also strengthen and/or help create new institutions responsible for the rehabilitation and sustainable management of the two bays. The project supports the mandate of the Cartagena Convention (Art.7 and Art. 13) as well as the new Land-Based Sources Protocol currently in preparation. UNEP, the co-implementing agency, will be responsible for the regional coordination, and for the sharing and dissemination of nutrient pollution control strategies in the Wider Caribbean region.
Implementation StatusDuring this quarter the 2007 Annual Programming Workshop has been held in order to carry out the review of 2006 activities, as well as to determine the accomplishment rate of the Mid-Term Evaluation recommendations. The 2007 AWP has been prepared and approved by national authorities. Several bidding processes for the purchase of the materials and equipment for the civil construction of the WTP and collectors system are underway. A UNOPS mission to Havana was carried out in order to train the project stakeholders on financial and procurement issues. Pending the final reception of the GEF financed equipment, material and financing, the Building Company has been able to impulse the civil works with own resources. The WTP lands movement was at 60\%, the civil construction of the WTP was at 5\%, the collectors system was at 7\% (collector C3 at 47\%) and the first and second stories of the Zero Emission Building were concluded. Delivery Rate: 4\%
PRIF Amount
2,500,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
6,910,000 USD
GEF Grant
9,410,000 USD
Cofinancing Total
25,860,000 USD
Project Cost
35,270,000 USD
GEF Project (CEO Endo.)
6,910,000 USD
Cofinancing Total (CEO Endo.)
25,853,000 USD
Project Cost (CEO Endo.)
35,263,000 USD
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