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Detail of GEF Project #777

GEF Project ID777
Funding SourceGEF Trust Fund
Project NameNorthern Savanna Biodiversity Conservation (NSBC) Project
Focal AreaBiodiversity
Operational Program1
Pipeline Entry Date1999-02-26
PDF-B Approval Date1999-02-26
Approval Date2000-05-01
CEO Endorsement Date2002-02-15
GEF Agency Approval Date2002-03-12
Project Completion Date2009-02-28
Project StatusProject Closure
GEF AgencyWorld Bank
Executing AgencyMinistry of Lands and Forests/Ministry of Health
DescriptionIn Ghana, as elsewhere in Africa, savanna woodlands provide valuable environmental services, are a crucial refuge for native biodiversity, and also protect soil and water resources against degradation. About 70\% of Ghana’s total supply of firewood and charcoal, estimated at 16 million m3, comes from savanna zones, which also provide medicinal plants (the primary source of healthcare to residents) roofing grasses, fencing poles, bush meat and fruits. The northern savannas are a source of important farmer crop varieties (cereals, roots/tubers and legumes). The future survival of the majority of indigenous crop varieties is in doubt. Similarly, an increasing number of the medicinal plants are threatened. Preserving these genetic stocks and knowledge of their use will require specific interventions to ensure that these wild/native varieties are not completely lost through inappropriate practices or replaced by introduced varieties. The project’s primary objective is to improve the environment, livelihood and health in the northern savanna zone of Ghana through the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources including medicinal plants. The global environment objective is to identify, monitor and conserve key components of the biodiversity of the northern savanna zone.
Implementation StatusThe project was formally launched by the Minister for Lands and Forestry at a rural community, Zoborgu near Tamale on November 22, 2002. A four-day project launching workshop was conducted in Tamale during November 18-22, 2002. The launch program included presentations from Bank staff on the Project Cycle, Project Management, Financial Management and Procurement, Monitoring and Evaluation, Project Reporting, Use of the project cost tab, etc. Actual implementation of project activities started in January 2003 and implementation is on track. In some cases such as, mobilization and animation, community awareness raising and outreach in NRM, progress has been highly satisfactory.
PDF B Amount
330,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
7,600,000 USD
GEF Grant
7,930,000 USD
Cofinancing Total
39,900,000 USD
Project Cost
47,830,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
788,000 USD
GEF Project (CEO Endo.)
7,600,000 USD
Cofinancing Total (CEO Endo.)
20,200,000 USD
Project Cost (CEO Endo.)
28,130,000 USD
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