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Detail of GEF Project #653

GEF Project ID653
Funding SourceGEF Trust Fund
Project NameCoastal and Marine Biodiversity Conservation in Mindanao
RegionAsia and the Pacific
Focal AreaBiodiversity
Operational Program2
Approval Date1999-05-07
CEO Endorsement Date1999-08-11
GEF Agency Approval Date1999-12-02
Project Completion Date2005-12-31
Project StatusProject Closure
GEF AgencyWorld Bank
Executing AgencyDepartment of Environment and Natural Resources
DescriptionIn this project, the GEF would aim to finance the incremental costs of promoting coastal and marine biodiversity conservation and sustainable use in the coastal waters of Mindanao, Philippines. Mindanao has received little attention to date with regard to conservation of its marine biodiversity resources. The GEF-assisted Coastal and Marine and Biodiversity Conservation Component (CMBC) of the proposed Mindanao Rural Development Project (MRDP) will remove the barriers to mainstreaming marine and coastal biodiversity conservation in coastal zone development by: (a) establishing community-based management of marine sanctuaries; (b) strengthening local capacity to address marine ecosystem management issues; (c) enhancing the knowledge base for sound ecosystem management and decision- making, including monitoring and evaluation for sustainable long-term marine ecosystem management; and (d) developing policy and action plans for marine biodiversity conservation and mainstreaming it into coastal development plans. The concept is based on the precept and the experiences that show that good marine management can simultaneously conserve and protect biodiversity and increase fisheries productivity. These activities would have considerable replication potential in Mindanao as part of the MRDP that would be an Adaptable Lending Program of 10-12 year duration. The lessons learned during the first three-year phase would be applied to subsequent phases when additional coastal provinces would be included under the MRDP with the cumulative experience strengthening implementation of the CMBC. These lessons would also have applicability in other regions of the Philippines and other tropical countries.
Implementation StatusThe project is making satisfactory progress toward achieving its objectives and expected outcomes. Six locations have been proclaimed as Marine Sanctuaries under Parang Municipal Ordinance at the Bongo Island project site to conserve biodiversity of global significance. Furthermore, progress is being made toward establishing the Paril-Sangay site as a Protected Seascape under DENR's mandate per the NIPAS Act.
GEF Project Grant
1,250,000 USD
GEF Grant
1,250,000 USD
Cofinancing Total
4,800,000 USD
Project Cost
6,050,000 USD
GEF Project (CEO Endo.)
1,250,000 USD
Cofinancing Total (CEO Endo.)
5,310,000 USD
Project Cost (CEO Endo.)
6,560,000 USD
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