An Indicator Model for Dryland Ecosystems in Latin America

Project Summary

In the face of accelerated land degradation in the drylands, the unique bio-diversity of this biome and the livelihood of dryland residents are increasingly threatened, human migration and specific loss are a non-documented phenomenon. This increases the likelihood of migration, deepening poverty, and further species habitat loss. Consistent with GEF OP 1, this project will provide the GEF and its partners, IGOs' policymakers, NGOs, and affected communities with the 'Indicator Model for Dryland Ecosystems', a tool to identify vulnerable dryland ecosystems, and vulnerable communities, develop appropriate management plans, and monitor the direction of change following the implementation of these plans. Thro' tech. transfer to resource planners and managers, NGOs and community groups, this project will compliment and extend existing activities as a unifying framework for targeting and evaluating their actions in the face of arid land degradation that is not currently available.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Medium-size Project
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
United Nations Environment Programme
Executing Agencies
Natural Heritage Institute
GEF Period:
GEF - 2
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
25,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
725,000 USD
Co-financing Total
323,800 USD
GEF Agency Fees
146,000 USD
Total Cost 1,073,800.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
14 Oct 1999
Preparation Grant Approved
22 Jan 1999
Project Approved for Implementation
22 Dec 1999
Project closed
31 Mar 2003