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Detail of GEF Project #789

GEF Project ID789
Funding SourceGEF Trust Fund
Project NameImplementation of the Strategic Action Programme (SAP) Toward Achievement of the Integrated Management of the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem (LME)
Focal AreaInternational Waters
Operational Program8
PDF-B Approval Date1997-09-30
Approval Date2000-05-01
CEO Endorsement Date2001-11-20
GEF Agency Approval Date2002-02-10
Project Completion Date2013-05-31
Project StatusProject Completion
Executing AgencyUnited Nations Office for Projects Services
DescriptionSeveral major transboundary problems affecting the Benguela Current ecosystem have been identified during PDF-B works, the principal one being the decline of commercial fish stocks and non-optimal harvesting of living resources exacerbated by natural environmental variability. Additional concerns are the deterioration of water quality due to mining and drilling activities, the loss of critical habitats and threats to biodiversity. Based on these findings, the littoral countries have agreed on a program of actions (SAP) aimed at achieving the integrated management of the ecosystem, including the creation of the Benguela Current Commission , and a vast array of local, national and regional actions. The proposed project would support the countries in this effort through the establishment of the Interim Benguela Current Commission (PCU), the development of a series of assessments, surveys and plans, training and capacity building (the latter defined by the signatories of the SAP as of the "highest priority"), and the securing of additional financing.
Implementation StatusThe project held a ministerial conference to support the setting up and to reach agreement on the hosting arrangements for the Benguela Current Commission (BCC) on the 20th July 2007 in Windhoek. A BCC management meeting was held on 19 July 2007. The project’s CTA is acting as the Executive Secretary for the BCC. The last Project Steering Committee meeting was held in Cape Town from 23-26 July 2007. The project has commissioned a final evaluation exercise currently underway. The BCLME/BENEFIT Symposium, including a donor conference meeting is planned for 18-22 November 2007.
PDF B Amount
344,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
15,114,000 USD
GEF Grant
15,458,000 USD
Cofinancing Total
23,450,000 USD
Project Cost
38,908,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
724,000 USD
GEF Project (CEO Endo.)
15,114,000 USD
Cofinancing Total (CEO Endo.)
23,559,750 USD
Project Cost (CEO Endo.)
39,017,750 USD
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