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Mainstreaming Karst Peatlands Conservation Concerns into Key Economic Sectors

Project Summary

July 23 2007The project’s goal is to ensure long-term conservation of the internationally important natural karst systems in BiH and set an example of their conservation across the region. The project objective is to strengthen the policy and regulatory framework for mainstreaming the requirements for conservation of karst biodiversity into productive sectors (mining, water use) and spatial planning at Cantonal level. Specifically, the project will: (i)assist in preparation of biodiversity-minded policy instrument - a Cantonal spatial plan; (ii)introduce municipal-level regulations for karst field biodiversity use by local population parallel to strengthening enforcement capacity of municipal and cantonal officers and inspectors; (iii)develop by-laws and methodological guidance on ecologically safe peat mining, and test it at 750 ha of karst peatlands; and (iv)promote an international (Croatia-BiH) formal agreement and plan for cross-border water management plan. In addition, the project will support collecting information and initial capacity development for monitoring CO2 storage in peatlands and will apply carbon measurement methodology in its monitoring framework. At the time of PDFA request: The project objective is the generation of knowledge applicable to the conservation and sustainable use of polje ecosystems in Bosnia i Herzegovina through the demonstration of conservation practices and techniques in the Livanjsko Polje.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Medium-size Project
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
United Nations Development Programme
Executing Agencies
Cantonal Government
GEF Period:
GEF - 4
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
50,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
950,000 USD
Co-financing Total
1,570,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
100,000 USD
Total Cost 2,570,000.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
19 Oct 2006
Preparation Grant Approved
08 Mar 2005
Concept Approved
17 Sep 2007
Project Approved for Implementation
31 Mar 2008
Project closed
31 Dec 2013