Building Local Capacity for Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity in the Okavango Delta

Project Summary

The long-term goal of the full project is: to secure the long-term sustenance of the biological diversity of wetlands in Botswana and contribute to the conservation of wetland biodiversity regionally and globally. The purpose is to put in place community and private sector-based adaptive management models for globally significant wetland ecosystems in the Okavango delta which will ensure the long-term sustenance of its biodiversity. To achieve this, the project will develop and dissemination of best management practices for conservation in the productive landscape. Activities would be implemented by the rural communities and tourism practitioners in collaboration with local and central government institutions.The PDF B grant and associated co-financing will fund the activities required to prepare the full Project, and to develop a proposal and ancillary documentation for submission to GEF. It will be based on extensive stakeholder participation, and will be designed to provide information to and generate awareness among stakeholders. The PDF B will have the following components.1: Conservation needs assessment.2: Institutional analysis - communities, local authorities, tourism operators3: Sustainable use livelihood and commercial resource use assessment4: Consensus building and participation planning5: Preparation of Full Project Brief and Project Document

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
Ministry of Wildlife Environment and Tourism
GEF Period:
GEF - 3
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
275,255 USD
GEF Project Grant
4,000,000 USD
Co-financing Total
12,143,125 USD
GEF Agency Fees
384,773 USD
Total Cost 16,418,380.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
09 Apr 2004
Preparation Grant Approved
10 May 2004
Concept Approved
01 Jul 2005
Project Approved for Implementation
16 Feb 2006
Project closed
11 Mar 2013