Development of a Wetland Site and Flyway Network for Conservation of the Siberian Crane and Other Migratory Waterbirds in Asia

Project Summary

The objective of the project is to conserve the network of critical wetlands needed for survival of the Siberian Cranes, other threatened cranes, and numerous water birds that form an important resource for local populations. The project focuses on the conservation of the international network of wetlands upon which this species depends, together with a wide range of other wetland biodiversity. Nearly fifty percent of these wetlands are Ramsar sites. The project area covers the flyways used by populations of Siberian Cranes in western Central Asia and in East Asia targeting key wetland sites located in China, Iran, Kazakhstan and Russia. The project includes the following components: (a) measures for conservation of key flyway wetlands; (b) national measures for conservation of flyway wetlands and migratory waterbirds; and (c) international measures for flyway network development. Site level activities expected are legal protection, management plans, stakeholder participation, capacity building, public awareness and education programs, and alternative livelihood projects.

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
State Forestry Admin. (Peoples Rep. of China), Dept. of Env. (Islamic Rep. of Iran), Min. of Nat. Resources & Env. Protection(Rep. of Kazakhstan), Min. of Nat. Resources (Russian Federation) and the International Crane Foundation
GEF Period:
GEF - 3
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
350,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
10,000,000 USD
Co-financing Total
13,334,370 USD
GEF Agency Fees
417,000 USD
Total Cost 23,684,370.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
06 Feb 2003
Preparation Grant Approved
11 Sep 1999
Concept Approved
01 Oct 2002
Project Approved for Implementation
25 Feb 2003
Project closed
24 Feb 2014