Development and Implementation of the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (BSAP) in South Africa

Project Summary

Project Summary. This Biodiversity Enabling Activity for South Africa assists DEAT in developing a National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (BSAP). The BSAP will build on and reinforce other existing national policies, particularly the White Paper on the Conservation and Sustainable use of South Africa’s Biological Diversity (1997) setting out the National Biodiversity Policy. The project adds to previous support allowing South Africa to participate in the Clearing House Mechanism of CBD, and in assisting the preparation of the first country Report to the Conference of Parties (COP), which totaled 38,800$. Development of the BSAP will cost US$ 297,223 and assessment of capacity building needs and a country driven CHM project will cost $100,000. The BSAP draws on best practice from earlier BSAP processes and on recent guidance for BSAPs from both GEF and the COP to CBD. The Government of South Africa and UNDP/GEF are satisfied this proposal conforms with the initial GEF Operational Criteria for Enabling Activities as well as the criteria for additional funding of Enabling Activities.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Enabling Activity
Project Approved
South Africa
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
United Nations Development Programme
Executing Agencies
Directorate General, Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism
GEF Period:
GEF - 2
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
GEF Project Grant
409,200 USD
Co-financing Total
1,610,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
54,000 USD
Total Cost 2,019,200.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
14 Mar 2001
Project Approved for Implementation
09 Jul 2001
Project closed