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Detail of GEF Project #968

GEF Project ID968
Funding SourceGEF Trust Fund
Project NameStrengthening the National System of Protected Areas
RegionLatin America and Caribbean
Focal AreaBiodiversity
Operational Program3; 2
Pipeline Entry Date2001-02-20
PDF-B Approval Date2001-03-19
Approval Date2002-05-17
CEO Endorsement Date2003-02-10
GEF Agency Approval Date2003-03-28
Project Completion Date2009-06-23
Project StatusProject Completion
Executing AgencyMinistry of Science, Technology and Environment (CITMA) through the National Centre for Protected Areas (CNAP)
DescriptionThe objective of the full project is to conserve highly representative assemblages of four of Cuba's terrestrial ecoregions of global importance and classified as highest priority for conservation nationally and regionally. The Cuban archipelago harbors the greatest biological diversity in the Caribbean region. Given its insularities and threats, biodiversity conservation faces serious threats. The project would improve management of the National System of Protected Areas by addressing gaps and by supporting a number of site-based demonstration/investment activities geared to mitigating a cross section of threats/ risks and refining conservation practices and approaches. Key sites are: (I) Zapata Swamp; (ii) Guanahacabibes National Park; (iii) Pinales National Park; and (iv) Alexander von Hum bolt and Pico Cristal National Parks. Key project activities would strengthen (a) protected area operations and management, (b) coordination and regulation within the national system of protected areas; (c) the development of management strategies to control proximate threats to biodiversity conservation in protected areas through demonstration projects in key protected areas (e.g., control and mitigating impacts of agriculture and livestock activities, forest fires, illegal hunting, illegal plant collection, and wildlife trade, mining and other major development activities, and alien, invasive species); and (d) education and awareness outreach programs, visitation strategies compatible with PA carrying capacity. And, in particular, capacity will be developed in Cuba to manage protected areas on an adaptive basis so as to successfully contain both present and future anthropogenic threats and underlying issues.
Implementation StatusJuly-Sept 2006: During July – September, the Protected Areas under administration, including the Pilot Areas elaborated their Operational Plan for 2007. New Management Plans have been established in 9 Protected Areas. (Output 1). National Council and Environmental System from which the CNAP is member carried out on the ground controls to 5 local councils and 9 protected areas. (Output 2). Messages, articles and different materials were broadcasted by national and local media. Posters of CZ, SNAP and GEF Project were printed and distributed. From July 20th to 23rd was held the environmental education activity called “FIESTA DE LOS MANGLARES” in CZ with the participation of children and young people from mangrove ecosystem areas from all over the country (Output 4). SNAP personal was trained on design, making and setting up signs in protected areas and about development of tourism product. (Output 5). The interim Evaluation of the Project (including all its components) has been held during July. The Evaluation Team was incorporated by three national and international experts who visited all the Protected Areas of the project during 12 days.
PDF B Amount
148,278 USD
GEF Project Grant
1,997,000 USD
GEF Grant
2,145,278 USD
Cofinancing Total
11,291,000 USD
Project Cost
13,436,278 USD
GEF Agency Fees
161,000 USD
GEF Project (CEO Endo.)
1,997,000 USD
Cofinancing Total (CEO Endo.)
11,018,000 USD
Project Cost (CEO Endo.)
13,163,278 USD
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