Desert Margins Programme (DMP) Tranche 2

Project Summary

This is the second phase of the Desert Margins Programme (DMP) project.The overall objective of the DMP is to arrest land degradation in Africa’s desert margins through demonstration and capacity building activities developed through unraveling the complex causative factors of desertification, both climatic (internal) and human-induced (external), and the formulation and piloting of appropriate holistic solutions. The wider objective (Goal) of the DMP GEF project is to conserve and restore biodiversity in the desert margins through sustainable utilization. Its specific objective (Purpose) is to develop and implement strategies for conservation, restoration and sustainable use of dryland biodiversity (to enhance ecosystem function and resilience). The GEF increment to this project will enable the programme to address issues of global environmental importance, in addition to the issues of national economic and environmental importance, and in particular the loss of biological diversity, reduced sequestration of carbon, and increased soil erosion and sedimentation, associated with land degradation in these arid and semi-arid ecotones.

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
International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
GEF Period:
GEF - 2
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
GEF Project Grant
5,617,044 USD
Co-financing Total
12,250,182 USD
GEF Agency Fees
148,550 USD
Total Cost 17,867,226.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
Project Approved for Implementation
03 Mar 2005
Project closed
31 Dec 2006