Agulhas Biodiversity Initiative (ABI)

Project Summary

The Agulhas Biodiversity Initiative (ABI) comprises one of three complementary GEF initiatives in support of C.A.P.E. aimed at strengthening systemic, institutional and individual capacities and establishing the know-how needed for conservation in different ecological and socio-economic conditions as needed to attain and sustain positive conservation outcomes. The initiative has been designed to distil lessons and best practices in Phase 1 of C.A.P.E., through demonstration activities geared to addressing gaps in the management framework, to inform implementation of subsequent phases. The Agulhas Plain constitutes one of the largest extant storehouses of lowland fynbos and Renosterveld habitats in the world. The diversity of habitat types, wetland ecosystems, Red data plant species and local endemics is unmatched in the CFR. The area is currently being threatened by a range of anthropogenic pressures, but nevertheless constitutes one of the best remaining opportunities at an in situ site level for conserving the CFR’s lowland habitats. ABI would pilot new management measures and institutional arrangements for conservation at a sub-regional level, tied closely to the activities of the productive sectors and rooted in decentralised governance frameworks.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Full-size Project
South Africa
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
United Nations Development Programme
Executing Agencies
South African National Parks
GEF Period:
GEF - 3
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
78,550 USD
GEF Project Grant
3,147,675 USD
Co-financing Total
8,558,550 USD
GEF Agency Fees
382,000 USD
Total Cost 11,784,775.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
09 Apr 2001
Preparation Grant Approved
16 Aug 2001
Concept Approved
01 May 2003
Project Approved for Implementation
30 Jul 2003
Project closed
30 Sep 2010