Biodiversity Conservation Management Project

Project Summary

Project consists of development and implementation of management plans for three top priority sites identified by the Romanian Biodiversity Steering Committee in the Carpathian Mountains, including buffer zone and micro-enterprise, sustainable-use demonstration activities with local communities. Sites are (1) Piatra Craiului Biosphere Reserve (pristine mountain forests/alpine ecosystems harboring large carnivores), (2) Retezat National Park (coniferous forest/alpine meadow), (3) Neamt and Suceava (mixed hill forest and meadows/reintroduction of European bison). Project also supports a public awareness and education campaign, and capacity building at the local and national levels.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Full-size Project
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
The World Bank
Executing Agencies
National Regie of Forests (NRF) in the Ministry of Waters, Forests and Environment
GEF Project Manager


Project Preparation Grant Amount
325,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
5,000,000 USD
Co-financing Total
1,600,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
Total Cost 6,925,000.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
Preparation Grant Approved
14 Jul 1995
Concept Approved
01 May 1997
Project Approved for Implementation
29 Apr 1999
Project closed
31 Dec 2004