Enhancing the Effectiveness and Catalyzing the Sustainability of the W-Arly-Pendjari (WAP) Protected Area System

Project Summary

The W-Arly-Pendjari (WAP) complex is the largest and most important continuum of terrestrial, semi-aquatic and aquatic ecosystems in the West African savannah belt, which encompass an area of 3094026 ha. The project goal is the long-term conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity within the W, Arly, and Pendjari (WAP) Parks Complex of Benin, Burkina Faso and Niger. The project objective is that prospects for long-term biodiversity conservation of the WAP Complex have been substantially enhanced according to significant and measurable improvements in key indicators of PA system sustainability.

Project Details

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


Project Preparation Grant Amount
467,130 USD
GEF Project Grant
5,154,741 USD
Co-financing Total
18,590,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
505,968 USD
Total Cost 24,211,871.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
Preparation Grant Approved
21 Aug 2001
Concept Approved
01 Jul 2005
Project Approved for Implementation
11 Oct 2007
Project closed
28 Feb 2014