South Africa: Catalyzing Financing and Capacity for the Biodiversity Economy around Protected Areas (WB-P170213)

  • South Africa
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  • World Bank (WB)
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Project Status
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Voting Date
Jul 31, 2020
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National Treasury
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  • Climate and Environment
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 8.99 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please see updated project documentation for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ WB website

Updated in EWS Mar 2, 2020

Disclosed by Bank Sep 11, 2019

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Project Description

According to bank documents, the project objective is to leverage financial resources and improve capacity to implement the Biodiversity Economy and increase benefits from selected PA landscapes to local communities.

The project has three components:

  1. Strengthen multi-stakeholder cross-sectoral collaboration and management in targeted PA landscapes [US$ 3.3M from GEF]. Strengthen capacity of targeted PA agencies (SANParks, iSimangaliso Wetland Authority) to promote socio-economic development. This sub-component will enable targeted PA agencies to effectively support business development for local communities and promote PES in targeted landscapes, with a focus on economic opportunities for women and youth.
  2. Increase benefits from Protected Areas to local communities [US$ 5M from GEF]. Promote Biodiversity Economy business through a Launchpad tool to catalyze resources, identify markets, and link supply with demand for jobs in PAs landscapes. The subcomponent will finance the development of a Launchpad, an online platform managed by targeted institutions (SANParks and iSimangaliso Wetland Authority).
  3. Project Management [US$ 0.70M from GEF]. This includes funding for the PIUs at SANParks and iSimangaliso Authority, the project steering committee, M&E, social and environmental safeguards application and communications.
Investment Description
  • World Bank (WB)
Contact Information

World Bank:
Iretomiwa Olatunji, Nathalie Weier Johnson
Senior Environmental Specialist

National Treasury

Implementing Agencies:
South Africa National Parks (SANParks)
Fundisile Mketeni

iSimangaliso Authority
Sibusiso Bukhosini


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