Sustainable Management of Globally Significant Endemic Ruminant Livestock of West Africa

Project Summary

The overall goal of the project is to ensure sustainable populations of targeted endemic ruminant livestock breeds in four West African countries, in order to improve rural economies and to ensure the conservation of these breeds and their globally unique genetic traits.The specific objectives of the project are:a) Establishment of effective models for community based management of endemic ruminant livestock and their habitat at project pilot sites;b) Enhanced productivity of purebred species through selective breeding and production improvements;c) Implementation of incentive schemes to foster optimal valorization of endemic livestock, improved marketing and distribution channels for dairy products and crafts, and increased off take and exports of endemic purebreds to neighboring countries;d) Harmonized sub-regional policies for livestock management, including transhumance (herd movements);e) A system of regional information sharing, cooperation and exchanges relevant to endemic ruminant livestock.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Full-size Project
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
United Nations Development Programme
Executing Agencies
Gambia (Department of Livestock Services)Guinea (Direction Nationale de l’Elevage)Mali (Direction Nationale de la Conservation de la Nature)Senegal (Direction de l’Elevage)
GEF Period:
GEF - 3
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
495,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
10,000,000 USD
Co-financing Total
36,586,036 USD
GEF Agency Fees
866,000 USD
Total Cost 47,081,036.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
09 Apr 2001
Preparation Grant Approved
22 Aug 2000
Concept Approved
01 Jul 2004
Project Approved for Implementation
14 May 2007
Project closed
30 Jun 2015