Community based natural resource management that resolves conflict , improves livelihoods and restores ecosystems throughout the elephant range. IWP

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From November 21, 2018 to November 21, 2024

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 15.7 End wildlife poaching, illegal species trafficking
  2. 15.a Mobilize resources for biodiversity conservation, sustainable use
  3. 15.c Increase local capacity to combat species poaching

Project ID: 5778

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Technical team

  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Ecosystem management and restoration
  • Strengthening conservation areas


  • Agrobiodiversity
  • Wildlife conservation


  • Deserts
  • Grasslands


  • Sub-tropical (hot and dry) deserts
  • Grazing lands

Transformed sector(s)

  • Forestry and other land use

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Institutional mechanism and system building


  • Management operation
  • Governance


  • Sustainable land management
  • Ecosystem and ecosystem services conservation/restoration
  • Wildlife and habitat conservation
  • Participatory governance models
  • Institutional framework

Social inclusion

  • Local community/CSOs

Gender equality

  • Women's access to and control over resources

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender responsive


  • People pathway
  • Systems pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Hazard control/mitigation
  • Improve resilience

SDG target(s)

  • 15.7 End wildlife poaching, illegal species trafficking
  • 15.a Mobilize resources for biodiversity conservation, sustainable use
  • 15.c Increase local capacity to combat species poaching

Conventions and protocols


Private sector(s)


Hot topic

  • Structural/system transformation
  • Food and agricultural commodities strategy

Project description

The “Conservation of the Malian Elephant” project addresses problems within the Gourma region that include illegal wildlife trade, natural resources management and human-elephant conflicts. Located in Mid-Northeast Mali, the Gourma is one of the country's four natural regions of highest biodiversity and home to endangered Gourma elephants. Environmental accounting for 2% of all West African elephants, these animals are threatened by the substantial surge in poaching after 2012 as well as other anthropogenic factors as unsustainable water consumption, overgrazing, deforestation, and interruption of migration routes. The project objective is to protect Mali's elephants in key sites and enhance the livelihoods of the local communities that live along the migration route to reduce human-elephant conflict. The objective will be achieved via implementation of four components: (1) Component 1. Strengthening the legislative framework and national capacity to address wildlife crime; (2) Protecting Gourma elephants from poaching and securing seasonal migration routes and key habitat; (3) Community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) in the Gourma elephant habitat; and (4) Gender Mainstreaming, Knowledge Management and M&E. This project forms part of the GEF Programmatic Approach to Prevent the Extinction of Known Threatened Species, and falls under the GEF Programme Global Partnership on Wildlife Conservation and Crime Prevention for Sustainable Development (9071). Under this programmatic framework, with the coordination through the programme steering committee, coordinated knowledge management and collaboration of the individual projects will be assured.

USD $4,266,055

Grant amount

USD $14,195,675

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Source(s) of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($4,266,055)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Ministry of the Environment, Sanitation, and Sustainable Development

Joint agencies

  • World Bank

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