As the financial mechanism of the CBD the GEF provides funding to help countries implement the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity, 2011-2020, and achieve the Aichi Targets. During the recently completed replenishment, donors pledged $1.296 billion towards the biodiversity focal area for GEF-6, making it the largest individual focal area within the GEF.
The West African Manatee (Trichechus senegalensis) encompasses 21 African countries. Its population, however, is seriously threatened by hunting and bycatch fishing.
The conservation of this gentle, mysterious mammal associates with finding alternative livelihoods for Manatee hunters. Under a Save Our Species (SOS)’s project, Manatee hunters received training and equipment to take up catfish aquaculture if they pledged to give up Manatee hunting and to remove Manatee traps in the Lekki Lagoon, near to Lagos.