DBSB: Wetland Restoration and Pollution Reduction Project - under WB-GEF Strategic Partnership for Nutrient Reduction in the Danube River and Black Sea

Project Summary

The objective of the project would be to reduce nutrient loads in the Danube and Black Sea by restoring floodplain sites along the Danube and the Black Sea coast. The project would finance wetland restoration activities in three priority sites along the Bulgarian section of the Danube: Oriahovo, Belene and Tutracan for a total of 14,200 ha., and several wetlands along the coast, to be selected during project preparation. The project would be part of the ongoing GEF facilitated regional nutrient reduction program for the protection of the transboundary waters of the Black Sea Basin and the restoration of ecosystem health in the Black Sea (SAP implementation). The project will include monitoring of wetland health and biodiversity status according to methodologies to be designed during the preparation phase.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Full-size Project
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
The World Bank
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Environment and Water
GEF Period:
GEF - 2
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
350,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
7,500,000 USD
Co-financing Total
5,780,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
Total Cost 13,630,000.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
07 May 2002
Preparation Grant Approved
09 Nov 2000
Project Approved for Implementation
17 May 2002
Project closed
15 Sep 2007