National Grasslands Biodiversity Program

Project Summary

The South Africa Grasslands biome is a repository of globally significant biodiversity. Much of the grasslands ecosystem presently lies in production landscapes allocated to livestock production, agriculture (mainly cereals), afforestacion with exotic tree species, and coal mining. In addition, South Africa's largest urban and industrial centre is located within the grasslands. Production activities constitute the main threat to grasslands biodiversity. Therefore, there is a need to mainstream biodiversity management objectives into the practices of the production sectors that provide the stimulus for land use changes that threaten biodiversity. The objective of this project is: Major production sectors are directly contributing to the achievement of biodiversity conservation priorities within the grasslands biome.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Full-size Project
South Africa
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
United Nations Development Programme
Executing Agencies
South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)
GEF Period:
GEF - 4
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
350,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
8,300,000 USD
Co-financing Total
37,261,763 USD
GEF Agency Fees
778,500 USD
Total Cost 45,911,763.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
06 Oct 2004
Preparation Grant Approved
21 Dec 2004
Concept Approved
01 Jun 2007
Project Approved for Implementation
11 Dec 2007
Project closed
12 Apr 2019