MENARID: Reducing Risks to the Sustainable Management of the North West Sahara Aquifer System (NWSAS)

Project Summary

For the purpose of addressing the risks associated with unsustainable exploitation and management of groundwater resources in the North West Sahara Aquifer System (NWSAS), to formulate and initially implement a set of actions, with focus on sustainable agricultural practices and environmental management.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Medium-size Project
Project Approved
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
United Nations Environment Programme
Executing Agencies
OSS (Sahara and Sahel Observatory) and national institutions from Algeria (Agence Nationale des Resources Hydrauliques), Libya (General Water Authority), Tunisia (Direction Générale des Resources en Eau)
GEF Period:
GEF - 4
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
40,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
960,000 USD
Co-financing Total
2,266,080 USD
GEF Agency Fees
100,000 USD
Total Cost 3,266,080.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
22 Jan 2008
Preparation Grant Approved
29 Apr 2008
Concept Approved
29 Apr 2008
Project Approved for Implementation
22 Apr 2009
Project closed
01 Oct 2014