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Detail of GEF Project #668

GEF Project ID668
Funding SourceGEF Trust Fund
Project NameCoastal and Wetland Biodiversity Management at Cox's Bazar and Hakakuki Haor
RegionAsia and the Pacific
Focal AreaBiodiversity
Operational Program2
Approval Date1999-12-01
CEO Endorsement Date2001-01-09
GEF Agency Approval Date2002-05-03
Project Completion Date2010-12-31
Project StatusProject Completion
Executing AgencyDepartment of Environment, Ministry of Environment & Forests Governement of Bangladesh
DescriptionIn recent years, Bangladesh has demonstrated increased determination and commitment to address the chal-lenges of ensuring sustainable use and conservation of its natural resources, including its biodiversity. A number of specific policies, laws, action plans and strategies have been developed in this regard. A major current chal-lenge is to ensure the effective implementation of the 1995 Environmental Conservation Act, which includes a key provision providing the Department of Environment (DoE) with broad powers for conservation of sites that it determines to be Ecologically Critical Areas (ECAs). In the context of implementing the PRIF for this project, DoE has taken the crucial step of nominating the first six ECAs, all within the country’s highly significant coastal, marine and freshwater wetland ecosystems. The overall objective of the present project is to establish and demonstrate an innovative system for management of ECAs in Bangladesh that will have a significant and positive impact on the long-term viability of the country’s important biodiversity resources. The project will support DoE efforts to operationalize the ECA concept at two main sites: one site (which includes three ECAs) within the country’s long and biodiversity-rich coastal zone and the second at one of the largest and most im-portant of the country’s many inland freshwater wetlands. Through a combination of GEF incremental cost fi-nancing and baseline and co-financing, conservation and sustainable use of these sites will be demonstrated. This demonstration should create important opportunities for replication in coastal, freshwater wetland and other ecosystems throughout the country, including sites recently nominated as ECAs.
Implementation StatusSuccessful observance of the International Coastal Clean-up Day at Cox's Bazar, Teknaf, Sonadia and Saint Martin's Island, participated in by hundreds of VCG members, government officials and other members of the community. The event was covered by the local TV network and published in local magazines and newspapers. The Micro-Capital Grant (MCG) for eligible VCG members and other members of the community commenced with the development of the MCG Guidelines in consultation with relevant stakeholders and deliberated and approved during the Project Steering Committee Meeting in August 2007. Processing of the MCG fund release started in September and has recently been transferred to the ECAMU for release of funds to the VCGs. Establishment of 5 Farmer Field Schools (FFS) for training of farmers in Integrated Pest Management (IPM), crop diversification and extension of horticultural activities at the VCG/homestead level. The proposal for the underwater survey for Saint Martin's Island has been approved and awaiting favorable weather conditions to commence.
PRIF Amount
235,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
5,520,000 USD
GEF Grant
5,755,000 USD
Cofinancing Total
7,080,000 USD
Project Cost
12,835,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
382,000 USD
GEF Project (CEO Endo.)
5,520,000 USD
Cofinancing Total (CEO Endo.)
7,080,000 USD
Project Cost (CEO Endo.)
12,835,000 USD
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