Nile Transboundary Environmental Action Project, Tranche 1

Project Summary

The objective of the proposed GEF PDF B Project is to develop the transboundary management element of the larger Nile River Basin Initiative , a long-term regional cooperative program that seeks to eradicate poverty and promote sustainable development of this important shared resource. The PDF Block B Grant will support the riparians, working with the UNDP and the World Bank, to prepare the GEF-eligible incremental elements of the “Basin-Wide Shared Vision Program.” This will be achieved through use of a broad-based participatory process to identify, define and mobilize resources for a series of priority actions for stakeholder involvement and awareness; water and environmental management; and applied training, institution and capacity building. These elements will be integrated into the larger Initiative and the ongoing definition and design of a large-scale regional investment program. As part of this process a transboundary analysis will be prepared to support prioritization of activities and guide the future use of GEF funding. The proposed GEF basin-wide Project will serve to implement the priority recommended actions in the context of the Nile Basin Initiative and support environmental management of transboundary resources as a major theme of this program. The proposed basin-wide full GEF Project will be an integral element of the Initiative that will support activities of the basin-wide Shared Vision Program in three areas to be defined in detail under the PDF: (i) confidence building and stakeholder involvement; (ii) integrated land-water resources and environmental management; and (iii) applied training, institution and capacity building.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Full-size Project
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
The World Bank
Executing Agencies
Nile Secretariat (with support by UNOPS)
GEF Period:
GEF - 2
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
350,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
16,800,000 USD
Co-financing Total
90,760,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
1,315,414 USD
Total Cost 107,910,000.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
13 Nov 2002
Preparation Grant Approved
24 Nov 1999
Concept Approved
01 Dec 2001
Project Approved for Implementation
23 Jan 2003
Project closed
31 Dec 2009