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Detail of GEF Project #621

GEF Project ID621
Funding SourceGEF Trust Fund
Project NameBiodiversity and Protected Area Management Pilot Project for the Virachey National Park
RegionAsia and the Pacific
Focal AreaBiodiversity
Operational Program3
Approval Date1999-05-07
CEO Endorsement Date1999-12-17
GEF Agency Approval Date2000-02-08
Project Completion Date2007-12-31
Project StatusProject Closure
GEF AgencyWorld Bank
Executing AgencyRoyal Government of Cambodia Ministry of Environment
DescriptionThe development and global objective of this pilot project is to support proactive measures to minimize illegal exploitation or degradation of the relatively intact biodiversity of national and global significance in the Virachey National park. Project support would comprise two key elements – capacity building and park management. Capacity building activities would focus on: (a) strengthening the organizational and management system at the local and national levels for the conservation of biodiversity in the Virachey National Park; (b) providing in-service training to improve the technical capacity of supervisory staff and rangers; (c) developing operational guidelines for protected areas management to ensure a systematic approach to management practices; and (d) developing the institutional framework for an appropriate long-term mechanism for financing conservation activities at Virachey and other protected areas.
Implementation StatusThe closing date of the project has been extended to December 31, 2005. Implementation progress has been deemed satisfactory by the Bank with the project being likely to meet is specific objectives of (a) developing and testing proactive measures to minimize unsustainable exploitation and degradation of biodiversity of global significance in Virachey National Park (VNP) and (b) formulating institutional models for the development of the National Protected Areas system of Cambodia.
GEF Project Grant
2,750,000 USD
GEF Grant
2,750,000 USD
Cofinancing Total
2,250,000 USD
Project Cost
5,000,000 USD
GEF Project (CEO Endo.)
2,750,000 USD
Cofinancing Total (CEO Endo.)
2,160,000 USD
Project Cost (CEO Endo.)
4,910,000 USD
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