Protected Area Network Management and Building Capacity in Post-Conflict Southern Sudan

Lead country

South Sudan

Participating countries

South Sudan, Sudan

Project status


Implementing period

From March 28, 2011 to November 19, 2020

Project ID: 4000

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Technical team

  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Ecosystem management and restoration


  • Biodiversity financing
  • Access and benefit sharing


  • Conserved areas


  • Specially protected areas (SPAs)

Transformed sector(s)

  • Forestry and other land use

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Optimising financing


  • Capacity building
  • Management operation
  • Finance economy


  • Technical capacity building
  • Conserved areas/ protected areas management
  • Nature finance
  • New/other financial schemes/mechanism

Social inclusion


Gender equality


Gender result effectiveness scale



  • People pathway
  • Systems pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Hazard control/mitigation
  • Improve resilience

SDG target(s)

  • 15.9 Integrate ecosystem values into national planning

Conventions and protocols

  • Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
  • National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs)

Private sector(s)


Hot topic


Project description

The GEF co-financed project will comprise three complementary components which together will set Southern Sudan on a path towards the achievement of the long term situation: " An ecologically representative and connected network of protected areas, subject to efficient management arrangements suitable for the situation of Southern Sudan and adequately financed through multiple sources". As interim results, it is expected that this project will provide the building blocks towards the establishment of an effective PA system, that is adequately financed and effectively manages an expanded PA network. The GEF intervention is articulated at two different scales: a first central level generating benefits to the overall system and a second site level focused interventions that will test and demonstrate the viability of suggested approaches and protect biodiversity at four key sites. Specifically, it will develop institutional capacity and infrastructure to support protected area management. The three project components are (i) capacity building for PA system management framework; (ii) Site management effectiveness at Zeraf, Southern, Boma and Bandingalo; (iii) Sustainable financing for protected areas network.

USD $3,920,000

Grant amount

USD $4,490,000

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($3,920,000)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Wildlife Conservation Society

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