Biological Diversity Conservation through Participatory Rehabilitation of the Degraded Lands of the Arid and Semi-Arid Transboundary Areas of Mauritania and Senegal

Project Summary

The project will address the root causes of biodiversity loss from land degradation in the five critical, upland and floodplain ecosystems of a 60,000 km2 portion of the trans-border Senegal River Valley in Senegal and Mauritania. The project will improve on techniques for rehabilitating the natural ecosystems of these degraded lands. It will develop and apply participatory resource management systems, especially those that generate resource-based income and consequent economic incentives for sustainable management. Fire prevention and suppression of fire-sensitive ecosystems will be strengthened. Measures to decrease pressures on the forest and range resources will be undertaken. Ecosystem restoration and improved fire control will have the double benefit of enhancing carbon sinks. Institutional capacity will be strengthened at all levels from the village to the cross-national.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Full-size Project
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
United Nations Development Programme
Executing Agencies
United Nations Office for Projects Services
GEF Period:
GEF - 1
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
25,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
7,891,000 USD
Co-financing Total
4,370,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
Total Cost 12,286,000.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
Preparation Grant Approved
01 Feb 1997
Concept Approved
30 Mar 1998
Project Approved for Implementation
23 Aug 2000
Project closed
29 Sep 2009