Demonstrating and Capturing Best Practices and Technologies for the Reduction of Land-sourced Impacts Resulting from Coastal Tourism

Project Summary

The objective of the Project is to address the negative impacts of tourism on the coastal and marine environment in Sub-Saharan Africa, as identified by the African Process , through promoting the development of sustainable tourism policies and strategies and the implementation of pilot demonstration projects in a number of countries that participated in the African Process. The full project objective is to demonstrate best practice stratgeies for sustainable tourism tor edcue the degradation of marine and coastal envrionments of transboundary significance.The project will engage the private sector and enhance public-private partnerships to enable formulation and implementation of appropriate national and regional policies and strategies for sustainable tourism development in coastal and marine areas, including a policy and strategy framework to guide and promote ecotourism development. The full project will be designed to: - (i) provide appropriate policy and strategy frameworks for sustainable tourism development in coastal areas; (ii) build/enhance national capacities in sustainable tourism development; and (iii) implement pilot demonstration projects. The pilot demonstration projects will be developed to:- (a) facilitate the voluntary adoption of eco-certification schemes by tourism facilities; (b) alleviate poverty and provide alternative livelihoods to local communities through the development of eco-tourism; (c) generate revenues for environmental conservation through eco-tourism; and (d) promote best practices in mitigating environmental impacts of tourism through improved reef recreation management. The demonstration projects are also aimed to reduce the coastal pollution from the land-based activities in conformity with the Global Programme of Action (GPA) and were endorsed at Heads of States meetings in Africa and in the NEPAD process.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Full-size Project
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
United Nations Environment Programme
Executing Agencies
UNIDO-World Tourism Organization
GEF Period:
GEF - 3
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
626,400 USD
GEF Project Grant
5,388,200 USD
Co-financing Total
23,356,816 USD
GEF Agency Fees
541,314 USD
Total Cost 29,371,416.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
19 May 2003
Preparation Grant Approved
07 Jan 2004
Concept Approved
12 Jun 2006
Project Approved for Implementation
02 Aug 2007
Project closed
30 Jun 2014