Conservation and Sustainable Use of Globally Significant Biodiversity in the Tassili and Ahaggar National Parks

Project Summary

The project aims to protect a representative sample of the biodiversity of the Central Saharan region. This will be achieved through the conservation and sustainable use of globally significant biodiversity in the Tassili N'Ajjer and the Ahaggar National Parks. Given the vastness of the two protected areas and the specificity of desert ecosystems, a mixed strategy will be adopted. In sites of key biodiversity resources, more intensive management will be supported through the clustering of activities while, over the rest of the area, a more extensive form of management will be supported through simplified streams of activity – intervention being limited in some cases to supporting PAMU presence. Priority will also be given to ecological corridors in order to ensure at least stepping-stone connectivity between areas of key resources. This adaptive management strategy, emphasizing flexibility and movement, is tailored to the ecological imperatives of desert ecosystems, as reflected by the survival strategies and movement patterns adopted by both animals and humans in such extreme environments.

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
GEF Period:
GEF - 2
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
180,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
3,540,620 USD
Co-financing Total
2,525,100 USD
GEF Agency Fees
382,000 USD
Total Cost 6,245,720.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
Preparation Grant Approved
09 Mar 1999
Concept Approved
01 May 2002
Project Approved for Implementation
29 Oct 2003
Project closed
30 Jun 2010