South Africa

Status on Key Actions

PoWPA Key Action Implementation Progress Global Average
1.1: To establish and strengthen national and regional systems of protected areas integrated into a global network as a contribution to globally agreed goals 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 2
1.2: To integrate protected areas into broader land- and seascapes and sectors so as to maintain ecological structure and function 2 - Activity fully underway 1
1.3: To establish and strengthen regional networks, transboundary protected areas (TBPAs) and collaboration between neighbouring protected areas across national boundaries 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 1
1.4: To substantially improve site-based protected area planning and management 2 - Activity fully underway 2
1.5: To prevent and mitigate the negative impacts of key threats to protected areas 2 - Activity fully underway 1
2.1: To promote equity and benefit-sharing 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 1
2.2: To enhance and secure involvement of indigenous and local communities and relevant stakeholders 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 2
2.1: Progress in assessing protected area governance 4 - Activity completed 1
3.1: To provide an enabling policy, institutional and socio-economic environment for protected areas 4 - Activity completed 2
3.1: Progress in assessing the contribution of protected areas to local and national economies 2 - Activity fully underway 1
3.2: To build capacity for the planning, establishment and management of protected areas 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 2
3.3: To develop, apply and transfer appropriate technologies for protected areas 1 - Just started, limited progress 1
3.4: To ensure financial sustainability of protected areas and national and regional systems of protected areas 2 - Activity fully underway 1
3.5: To strengthen communication, education and public awareness 2 - Activity fully underway 2
4.1: To develop and adopt minimum standards and best practices for national and regional protected area systems 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 1
4.2: To evaluate and improve the effectiveness of protected areas management 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 1
4.3: To assess and monitor protected area status and trends 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 1
4.4: To ensure that scientific knowledge contributes to the establishment and effectiveness of protected areas and protected area systems 1 - Just started, limited progress 1
Progress in incorporating climate change aspects into protected areas 1 - Just started, limited progress 1
Progress in marine protected areas 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 1

Priority Actions

2012 - 2020

Ensure full and effective participation of indigenous and local communities and of relevant stakeholders, in the management of existing, and the establishment and management of new, protected areas
2012 - 2020
Management of invasive alien species
2012 - 2020
Develop and implement sustainable finance plans in accordance with national legislation and systems, for protected-area systems
2012 - 2020
Public awareness, understanding and appreciation of the importance and benefits of protected areas is significantly increased.
2012 - 2020
Develop regional guidelines, best practices and tools, to improve the effectiveness of transboundary protected-area cooperation
2012 - 2020
Capacity building programmes and initiatives are implemented to develop knowledge and skills at individual, community and institutional levels
2012 - 2020
Frameworks developed for monitoring, evaluating and reporting protected areas management effectiveness
2012 - 2020
National and regional systems are established to enable effective monitoring of protected area coverage, status and trends at national, regional and global scales, and to assist in evaluating progress in meeting global biodiversity targets.
2012 - 2020
In the marine area, a global network of comprehensive, representative and effectively managed national and regional protected area system is established.
2012 - 2020
All protected areas to have effective management in existence
2012 - 2020
All protected areas and protected area systems are integrated into the wider land and seascape
2012 - 2020

GEF Projects

South Africa is a member of a constituency comprised of the following 10 countries : Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe
Name Focus Approved On Completed On Status Grant Cofinance
Support to Preparation of the Second National Biosafety Reports to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety-Africa Biodiversity 2011-05-16 CEO Approved 993,950 USD 840,000 USD
Project for Ecosystem Services (ProEcoServ) Biodiversity 2009-01-27 CEO Endorsed 6,363,637 USD 14,045,000 USD
Demonstration of Effectiveness of Diversified, Environmentally Sound and Sustainable Interventions, and Strengthening National Capacity for Innovative Implementation of Integrated Vector Management (IVM) for Disease Prevention and Control in the WHO AFRO Region POPs 2012-06-07 Council Approved 15,491,700 USD 118,720,000 USD
Building Partnerships to Assist Developing Countries to Reduce the Transfer of Harmful Aquatic Organisms in Ships' Ballast Water (GloBallast Partnerships) International Waters 2007-06-14 Under Implementation 6,387,840 USD 17,701,939 USD
Distance Learning and Information Sharing Tool for the Benguela Coastal Areas (DLIST-Benguela) International Waters 2005-03-10 2008-12-31 Project Completion 773,000 USD 797,800 USD
Sustainable Land Use Planning for Integrated Land and Water Management for Disaster Preparedness and Vulnerability Reduction in the Lower Limpopo Basin Land Degradation 2004-06-15 2007-09-30 Project Closure 995,000 USD 1,827,500 USD
Sustainable Management of Inland Wetlands in Southern Africa: A Livelihoods and Ecosystem Approach Land Degradation 2004-10-06 2010-03-01 Project Completion 999,325 USD 1,210,716 USD
Western Indian Ocean Marine Highway Development and Coastal and Marine Contamination Prevention Project International Waters 2005-09-13 2011-06-30 Project Completion 11,700,000 USD 14,500,000 USD
Programme for the Agulhas and Somali Current Large Marine Ecosystems: Agulhas and Somali Current Large Marine Ecosystems Project (ASCLMEs) International Waters 2005-09-13 IA Approved 12,923,000 USD 18,262,500 USD
Africa Stockpiles Program, P1 POPs 2002-10-15 2011-12-31 Under Implementation 25,700,000 USD 35,000,000 USD
Implementation of the Strategic Action Programme (SAP) Toward Achievement of the Integrated Management of the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem (LME) International Waters 2000-05-01 IA Approved 15,458,000 USD 23,450,000 USD
Enhancing Conservation of the Critical Network of Sites of Wetlands Required by Migratory Waterbirds on the African/Eurasian Flyways. Biodiversity 2003-11-21 2010-12-01 Project Completion 6,350,000 USD 6,765,045 USD
Desert Margin Programme, Phase 1 Biodiversity 2001-12-07 2004-06-01 Project Completion 5,352,134 USD 10,232,000 USD
Development and Protection of the Coastal and Marine Environment in Sub-Saharan Africa International Waters 2000-07-26 2002-12-31 Project Closure 750,000 USD 975,000 USD
African NGO-Government Partnership for Sustainable Biodiversity Action Biodiversity 1997-05-01 2003-05-05 Project Closure 4,544,080 USD 7,120,000 USD
Southern Africa Biodiversity Support Programme Biodiversity 1997-11-01 IA Approved 4,503,728 USD 4,840,000 USD
Improving Management Effectiveness of the Protected Area Network Biodiversity 2012-06-07 Council Approved 8,550,000 USD 47,500,000 USD
Strengthening Wildlife Forensic Capabilities to Combat Wildlife Crime for Conservation and Sustainable Use of Species (target: Rhinoceros) Biodiversity 2012-06-07 Council Approved 2,727,273 USD 11,659,174 USD
Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Major Sporting Events, FIFA 2010 and the implementation of the national greening programme in liaison with 2010 FIFA LOC Climate Change 2009-08-26 Under Implementation 1,000,000 USD 1,924,000 USD
National Grasslands Biodiversity Program Biodiversity 2007-06-14 IA Approved 8,650,000 USD 37,261,764 USD
Renewable Energy Market Transformation (REMT) Climate Change 2005-04-06 2011-09-30 Under Implementation 6,000,000 USD 11,300,000 USD
Richtersveld Community Biodiversity Conservation Project Biodiversity 2002-08-08 2009-03-31 Project Completion 902,000 USD 1,166,000 USD
Pilot Production and Commercial Dissemination of Solar Cookers Climate Change 2001-08-13 2006-09-01 Project Closure 800,000 USD 2,850,000 USD
Development and Implementation of the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (BSAP) in South Africa Biodiversity 2001-07-09 CEO Approved 409,200 USD 1,610,000 USD
Greater Addo Elephant National Park Project Biodiversity 2002-05-17 2010-10-30 Project Completion 5,839,000 USD 34,442,000 USD
Agulhas Biodiversity Initiative (ABI) Biodiversity 2003-05-16 2010-09-30 Project Completion 3,226,225 USD 8,558,550 USD
Sustainable Protected Area Development in Namaqualand Biodiversity 1999-03-29 2005-12-31 Project Closure 748,000 USD 4,630,000 USD
First National Report to the CBD Biodiversity 1997-08-06 IA Approved 25,380 USD 0
Conservation Planning for Biodiversity in the Thicket Biome Biodiversity 1999-07-21 2004-06-30 Project Closure 738,950 USD 123,020 USD
Efficient Lighting Initiative (Tranche I) Climate Change 1998-07-01 2009-07-10 Project Completion 9,575,000 USD 35,000,000 USD
Implementation of the Benguela Current LME Action Program for Restoring Depleted Fisheries and Reducing Coastal Resources Degradation International Waters 2007-11-16 CEO Endorsed 5,448,910 USD 62,029,338 USD
Support to GEF Eligible Parties for Alignment of National Action Programs and Reporting Process under UNCCD Land Degradation 2012-06-07 CEO Endorsed 2,830,000 USD 2,750,000 USD
SIP-Kalahari-Namib Project: Enhancing Decision-making through Interactive Environmental Learning and Action in Molopo-Nossob River Basin in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa Land Degradation 2007-06-14 CEO Endorsed 2,300,000 USD 5,000,000 USD
Fifth Operational Phase of the GEF Small Grants Program - Implementing the program using STAR resources I Multi Focal Area 2011-11-09 CEO Endorsed 35,924,519 USD 35,924,519 USD
SIP PROGRAM: Strategic Investment Program for SLM in Sub-Saharan Africa (SIP) Land Degradation 2007-06-14 Council Approved 2,593,673 USD 0 USD
Development and Adoption of a Strategic Action Program for Balancing Water Uses and Sustainable Natural Resource Management in the Orange-Senqu River Transboundary Basin International Waters 2008-04-24 Under Implementation 7,000,000 USD 30,161,500 USD
Desert Margins Programme (DMP) Tranche 2 Biodiversity 2001-12-07 2006-12-31 Project Closure 5,617,044 USD 12,250,182 USD
Conservation & Management of Pollinators for Sustainable Agriculture through an Ecosystem Approach Biodiversity 2007-06-14 IA Approved 8,510,682 USD 18,647,321 USD
SIP-Stimulating Community Initiatives in Sustainable Land Management (SCI-SLM) Land Degradation 2008-03-11 Under Implementation 937,391 USD 1,182,181 USD
Fuel Cells Financing Initiative for Distributed Generation Applications (Phase 1) Climate Change 2003-11-21 Under Implementation 6,575,000 USD 9,000,000 USD
Climate, Water and Agriculture: Impacts on and Adaptation of Agro-Ecological Systems in Africa Multi Focal Area 2001-12-14 2005-12-31 Project Closure 700,000 USD 540,000 USD
Groundwater and Drought Management in SADC International Waters 2004-03-22 2010-12-31 Project Completion 7,350,000 USD 6,900,000 USD
Maloti-Drakensberg Conservation and Development Project Biodiversity 2000-02-01 2009-12-31 Project Closure 15,548,000 USD 17,700,000 USD
Addressing Land-based Activities in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO-LaB) International Waters 2003-05-16 2010-06-01 Project Completion 4,511,140 USD 6,902,325 USD
Southwest Indian Ocean Fisheries Project (SWIOFP) Multi Focal Area 2005-09-13 2011-11-30 Under Implementation 12,725,000 USD 22,950,000 USD
Inventory, Evaluation and Monitoring of Botanical Diversity in Southern Africa: A Regional Capacity and Institution Building Network Biodiversity 1996-05-01 2005-05-01 Project Closure 4,725,000 USD 4,686,000 USD
Development of Best Practices and Dissemination of Lessons Learned for Dealing with the Global Problem of Alien Species that Threaten Biological Diversity Biodiversity 1998-03-03 2002-12-01 Project Closure 750,000 USD 3,233,000 USD
Africa Community Outreach Programme for Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biological Resources Biodiversity 1999-09-02 2001-06-30 Project Closure 750,000 USD 192,950 USD
C.A.P.E. Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development Project Biodiversity 2003-05-16 2010-10-30 Project Completion 11,320,000 USD 44,450,000 USD
Reducing Disaster Risks from Wildfire Hazards Associated with Climate Change Climate Change 2009-06-24 CEO Endorsed 3,636,360 USD 31,800,000 USD
Concentrating Solar Power for Africa (CSP-Africa) Climate Change 1999-07-19 2001-05-31 Project Closure 230,000 USD 180,000 USD
Greening the COP17 in Durban Climate Change 2011-05-11 CEO Approved 1,000,000 USD 1,350,000 USD
Sub-project 1st Group/Plug Power - under the Global Fuel Cells Financing Initiative for Distributed Generation Applications (Phase 1) Climate Change 2003-11-21 IA Approved 3,275,000 USD 10,325,000 USD
Development, Empowerment and Conservation in the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park and Surrounding Region Biodiversity 2008-09-23 Under Implementation 9,310,000 USD 15,000,000 USD
National Capacity Self-Assessment for Global Environmental Management Multi Focal Area 2004-04-12 IA Approved 200,000 USD 35,000 USD
POPs Enabling Activities for the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) National Implementation Plan for South Africa POPs 2002-09-03 2005-12-31 Project Closure 499,000 USD 100,000 USD
South Africa Wind Energy Programme (SAWEP), Phase I Climate Change 2004-11-19 2010-09-30 Project Completion 2,295,000 USD 8,565,187 USD
Best Environmental Practice in the Hosting of the World Summit on Sustainable Development Multi Focal Area 2002-02-14 IA Approved 1,000,000 USD 2,727,500 USD
Enabling Activities for the Preparation of Initial National Communication Related to UNFCCC Climate Change 1998-06-01 2004-12-31 Project Closure 321,000 USD 75,000 USD
Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity on the South African Wild Coast Biodiversity 2005-06-08 Under Implementation 6,839,410 USD 24,318,000 USD
Solar Water Heaters (SWHs) for Low-income Housing in Peri-Urban Areas Climate Change 2000-01-07 IA Approved 727,500 USD 4,702,500 USD
Clearing House Mechanism Enabling Activity Biodiversity 1998-08-27 CEO Approved 13,500 USD 0
Cape Peninsula Biodiversity Conservation Project Biodiversity 1997-11-01 2005-06-30 Project Closure 12,385,000 USD 80,800,000 USD
Conservation of Globally Significant Biodiversity in Agricultural Landscapes through Conservation Farming Biodiversity 1999-07-13 2004-03-31 Project Closure 750,000 USD 965,000 USD

LifeWeb Projects

Name Submitted Status Funding Needed Funding Secured
Reducing climate risk for vulnerable communities along South Africa's Garden Route 27 01 2012 Not Funded $5,535,000 USD $2,156,673.39
Improved Livelihoods and Protected Areas through Land Reform Stewardship in South Africa 15 09 2009 Partially Funded $268,364 USD $36,900.00
Protection of wetlands in the Cape region 22 04 2008 Fully Funded fully funded ($2,460,000 USD) $2,460,000.00

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