Conservation of Wetland Biodiversity in the Lower Volga Region

Project Summary

The resulting project would assist the Russian Federation to secure the Lower Volga;'s global biodiversity by: (a) strengthening the existing planning and management capacity for wetland management and biodiversity conservation; (b) assessing options and develop alternatives to current land, water, and resource management to foster more adaptive and biodiversity friendly management policies and practices; (c) strengthening the existing legal and regulatory base and enforcement capability to combat local natural resource over-exploitation; (d) improving awareness of wetland conservation issues and biodiversity values among all sectors, including decision makers, industry, NGOs, and the general public; (e) developing alternative livelihoods for segments of the local population to relieve pressure on natural resources; and (f) establishing a sustainable financing mechanism for biodiversity conservation.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Full-size Project
Russian Federation
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
United Nations Development Programme
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Natural Resources of the Government of the Russian Federation
GEF Period:
GEF - 3
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
292,385 USD
GEF Project Grant
6,488,000 USD
Co-financing Total
8,824,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
382,000 USD
Total Cost 15,604,385.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
17 Apr 2001
Preparation Grant Approved
21 Oct 1998
Concept Approved
01 May 2004
Project Approved for Implementation
24 Jul 2005
Project closed
10 Apr 2014