Implementation of the Strategic Action Programme (SAP) Toward Achievement of the Integrated Management of the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem (LME)

Project Summary

Several major transboundary problems affecting the Benguela Current ecosystem have been identified during PDF-B works, the principal one being the decline of commercial fish stocks and non-optimal harvesting of living resources exacerbated by natural environmental variability. Additional concerns are the deterioration of water quality due to mining and drilling activities, the loss of critical habitats and threats to biodiversity. Based on these findings, the littoral countries have agreed on a program of actions (SAP) aimed at achieving the integrated management of the ecosystem, including the creation of the Benguela Current Commission , and a vast array of local, national and regional actions. The proposed project would support the countries in this effort through the establishment of the Interim Benguela Current Commission (PCU), the development of a series of assessments, surveys and plans, training and capacity building (the latter defined by the signatories of the SAP as of the "highest priority"), and the securing of additional financing.

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
United Nations Office for Projects Services
GEF Period:
GEF - 2
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
344,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
15,114,000 USD
Co-financing Total
23,450,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
724,000 USD
Total Cost 38,908,000.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
Preparation Grant Approved
30 Sep 1997
Project Approved for Implementation
20 Nov 2001
Project closed
15 Sep 2005