Large-scale Ecosystem-based Adaptation in The Gambia: Developing a Climate-Resilient, Natural Resource-Based Economy: FP011

Project Outline

This project seeks to build the climate resilience of rural Gambian communities and facilitate the development of a sustainable natural resource-based economy by implementing large-scale Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) within and adjacent to agricultural areas, community-managed forest reserves, and wildlife conservation areas.

Country(ies) The Gambia
National Designated Authority (NDA) Budget Directorate, Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs
Accredited Entity (AE) United Nations Environment Program: UNEP (International)
Executing Entity (EE) Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Water, Forests and Wildlife
Departments of Forestry and Parks and Wildlife Management (Public)
Date of Final FP Submission June 6, 2016
Estimated Project Duration 2017-2022
Target Sector Agriculture/Forestry
GCF Financing 20.546756 million USD (Grant) Small
Co-financing Government of the Gambia: 4.974611 million USD (Grant)

Project Description

< Major Project Components>

  1. Large-scale Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) to build a climate-resilient natural resource base in 125 community-managed forests (CFs)/community protected areas (CPAs) across four regions of The Gambia: the Lower River Region, Upper River Region, Central River South Region, and Central River North Region.
  2. Establishment and strengthening of natural resource-based businesses through fast-tracking and upscaling of the Ministry of Environment's (MoE) market analysis and development process.
  3. Policy support, institutional strengthening, and knowledge generation to support large-scale implementation of EbA.
Project implementation arrangements
Project implementation arrangements
Ref: FP011 Large-scale Ecosystem-based Adaptation in The Gambia: Developing a Climate-Resilient, Natural Resource-Based Economy

Potential Indicators of Key Impacts

Expected total number of direct and indirect beneficiaries, disaggregated by gender (reduced vulnerability or increased resilience):

  1. Direct beneficiaries: 11,550 persons (50% of total beneficiaries will be female)
  2. Indirect beneficiaries: up to 46,200 households (supported by direct beneficiaries)
    0.063% of the total population
  3. Other related indicators:
    • Average increase in annual cash income among target beneficiaries: at least USD 330 per beneficiary household per year, assuming 11,550 beneficiary households.
    • Total area of degraded ecosystems restored by the project's EbA interventions: 7,000 hectares of degraded forest, woodland, savanna, and mangrove; and 3,000 hectares of agricultural land.
    • Expected increase in generation and use of climate information in decision-making: identification and integration of climate change adaptation priorities into village/community management plans for at least 125 community forests (CF) and community protected areas (CPA); and integration of EbA, including priority actions and strategic options, into at least three national-level policies and strategies including the updated ANR policy, Vision 2020, and the proposed national Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan.
    • Increased capacity of MoE staff, including regional-level DoF and DoPWM extension staff, to identify, prioritize, design, and implement an EbA project: capacity of at least 40 regional-level extension staff in DoF and DoPWM increased to at least 8/12, relative to a baseline score of 4/12 (measured using Capacity Assessment scorecards).
    • Degree to which national policies, plans, and processes are strengthened to identify, prioritize, and integrate adaptation strategies and measures for the integration of climate change into planning: sectoral policies, plans, and processes for decentralized management of natural resources and community development that are in the process of being modified through the GCF project have an EbA integration score of at least 6.