Conservation and Sustainable Use of Medicinal Plants in Arid and Semi-arid Ecosystems

Project Summary

The objective of the project is to conserve globally significant medicinal plant species and associated habitats in St Katherine’s Protectorate as follows: (1) foreclose the use of critically endangered medicinal plant species in hotspots; (2) introduce small-scale community-based cultivation, processing and medicinal plant marketing to relieve pressure from wild sources in orchards and gardens; (3) introduce best practices for wild medicinal plant collection and sustainable collection levels throughout the protectorate; (4) promote alternative energy sources in demonstration areas; (5) disperse grazing pressure throughout the Protectorate; (6) protect community intellectual property rights in Egypt; (7) and replicate project successes in Egypt.

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
Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA)
GEF Period:
GEF - 2
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
170,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
4,117,000 USD
Co-financing Total
4,765,998 USD
GEF Agency Fees
365,000 USD
Total Cost 9,052,998.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
29 May 2001
Preparation Grant Approved
18 Dec 1998
Project Approved for Implementation
14 Aug 2001
Project closed
25 Aug 2014