Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity on the South African Wild Coast

Project Summary

At Pipeline entry:The project would assist the government of South Africa to conserve and sustainable manage biodiversity of global significant in one of the most important coastal areas of the country in the eastern Cape Province. It will seek to assess, plan and implement a strategy for the long-term management of the Wild Coast. It will prepare and implement and integrated land-use plan for the area aimed at nesting biodiversity conservation objectives into the regional sustainable development framework. The land use plan would provide for the management of a mosaic of land uses, focusing on a network of protected areas as nuclei for biodiversity conservation allowing for the pursuit of biodiversity conservation compatible livelihoods, and development zones, managed to minimize negative environmental externalities. GEF funds would support the incremental costs of operationalizing the representative protected area network, through various co management arrangements and removing barriers to the ecologically sustainable utilization of biological resources. These activities will be supported by capacity development initiatives at the provincial, local government and community level in support of the integrated program.March 31, 2005 Work Program Inclusion:The project seeks to develop a representative PA estate on communally owned land along the Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape Province. These protected areas will be managed under a range of co-management agreements between provincial, local and national authorities, local communities, and the private sector as suited to the management challenges facing different sites. There are three main intervention areas:1) strengthening the institutional framework for co-management;2) enhancing management effectiveness within a rationalized and more representative system of protected areas;3) developing a functioning network of effectively managed multiple resource use protected areas in active collaboration with local communities. This intervention will be nested in a land use plan for the Wild Coast that integrates the management of PAs with the regional sustainable development framework.

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
Department of Environment and Tourism (DEAT)
GEF Period:
GEF - 3
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
339,410 USD
GEF Project Grant
6,500,000 USD
Co-financing Total
24,318,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
615,600 USD
Total Cost 31,157,410.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
09 Apr 2001
Preparation Grant Approved
18 Jun 2003
Concept Approved
01 Jun 2005
Project Approved for Implementation
04 Jan 2006
Project closed
31 Dec 2012