Strengthening Capacity for Managing National Parks and Biodiversity

Project Summary

The objective of the project is to protect and manage biodiversity in a sustainable way and contribute to the diversification of national economy through strengthened capacities of parks and wildlife authorities. The proposed GEF project is designed to complement the Gabon’s Forest and Environment Sector Program (PSFE), a sector wide, multi donor program led by the Ministry of Forests. The program is consisted of five components: 1) sustainable forest management including wildlife in production landscapes; 2) Fisheries and coastal zone management; 3) development of the national parks network; 4) valorization of other environmental goods and services; and 5) institutional strengthening research and training. The GEF project is designed to specifically support components 1 and 3 of the PSFE program. The IBRD loan will support component 1, 2, 4, and 5 of the PSFE. The GEF project will have its own project management and institutional arrangement with a Project Implementation Unit, separate from the IBRD loan program.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Full-size Project
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
The World Bank
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Water and Forestry, Fisheries and Reforestation, in charge of Environment and Protection of Nature
GEF Period:
GEF - 3
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
295,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
10,000,000 USD
Co-financing Total
16,700,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
927,000 USD
Total Cost 26,995,000.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
04 Apr 2001
Preparation Grant Approved
04 May 2001
Concept Approved
01 Jun 2005
Project Approved for Implementation
01 Mar 2006
Project closed
30 Jun 2013