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Detail of GEF Project #842

GEF Project ID842
Funding SourceGEF Trust Fund
Project NameEnvironmental Protection and Sustainable Management of the Okavango River Basin
Focal AreaInternational Waters
Operational Program9
PDF-A Approval Date1995-04-01
PDF-B Approval Date2000-07-01
Approval Date2000-07-01
CEO Endorsement Date2002-12-03
GEF Agency Approval Date2003-04-15
Project Completion Date2010-08-31
Project StatusProject Completion
Executing AgencyFAO
Executing AgencyFAO
DescriptionThe Okavango River Basin remains one of the least impacted basins in the African Continent. Mounting socio-economic pressures in the riparian countries could result in irretrievable environmental breakdown and consequent loss of domestic and global environmental benefits. Maintaining these benefits requires agreement over the sharing of both the benefits and associated liabilities through joint management of the basin's water resources. The establishment of the Permanent Okavango River Commission (OKACOM), an advisory body, was a first step in this direction. The proposed project, while strengthening OKACOM and the countries capacity, would help removing the barriers still preventing joint agreement on actions to protect the basin’s globally valuable ecosystems by sustainably manage the shared water resources. The project would focus on reaching a science based diagnostic analysis of the transboundary environmental problems (TDA), as a basis for building consensus among riparians on selected priority actions needed to address these transboundary problems (SAP), including policy, legal and legislative reforms. The proposed actions represent a response to the SADC Protocol and the UN Transboundary Watercourse Convention.
Implementation StatusFollowing the independent review in Dec 2006 and the decision made in February 2007 to reactivate the project, the total work plan and budget was revised, with the revised expected date for operational closure no later than 15 April 2010. The new project manager was recruited and expected to assume duty at PMU in Luanda from 8 October. National Coordination Units (NCU) in Namibia and Angola established, in Botswana to be established during Q3 2007. Terms of References for Tripartite Review meeting, Project Steering Committee, PMU, NCU and TDA development are all redrafted to clarify project governance structure and to be in line with the revised work plan. The first Tripartite Review and Project Steering Committee meetings are scheduled on 29-31 Oct 2007 in Namibia to endorse the revised total work plan and budget, annual work plans for 2007&2008 and above TORs.
PDF A Amount
25,000 USD
PDF B Amount
349,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
5,391,000 USD
GEF Grant
5,765,000 USD
Cofinancing Total
2,425,000 USD
Project Cost
8,190,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
513,000 USD
GEF Project (CEO Endo.)
5,391,000 USD
Cofinancing Total (CEO Endo.)
1,861,000 USD
Project Cost (CEO Endo.)
7,626,000 USD
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