Strengthening Marine Protected Areas in SE China to conserve globally significant coastal biodiversity (China-Protected Areas System Reform (C-PAR 4)

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From October 3, 2019 to October 3, 2024

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 14.2 Sustainably manage, protect, restore marine, coastal ecosystems
  2. 15.a Mobilize resources for biodiversity conservation, sustainable use

Project ID: 5379

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Technical team

  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Strengthening conservation areas
  • Mainstreaming biodiversity


  • Wildlife conservation


  • Marine
  • Conserved areas


  • Coasts
  • Seas
  • Marine and coastal protected areas

Transformed sector(s)


UNDP role(s)

  • Convening / Partnerships / Knowledge Sharing
  • Policy advice


  • Management operation
  • Governance
  • Monitor inventory


  • Ecosystem-based management
  • Ecosystem and ecosystem services conservation/restoration
  • Wildlife and habitat conservation
  • Institutional framework
  • Adaptive governance
  • Participatory governance models
  • Ecological monitoring

Social inclusion

  • Local community/CSOs
  • Indigenous peoples

Gender equality

  • Women's access to and control over resources
  • Women decision making

Gender result effectiveness scale



  • Systems pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Hazard control/mitigation
  • Improve resilience

SDG target(s)

  • 14.2 Sustainably manage, protect, restore marine, coastal ecosystems
  • 15.a Mobilize resources for biodiversity conservation, sustainable use

Conventions and protocols

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

Private sector(s)


Hot topic

  • Structural/system transformation
  • Nature-based solution

Project description

The Chinese White Dolphin (Sousa chinensis) also called the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin, is found from northern Australia and southeastern China in the east, throughout shallow, coastal waters of the western Pacific and the Indian oceans to South Africa. Two subspecies occur, of which S.c.chinensis occurs in East Asia ÔÇô Australasia. The species is Near-threatened globally, and the IUCN Red List notes that ÔÇ£the species as a whole comes close to qualifying for Vulnerable based on criterion A4cd, where subcriterion d (actual or potential levels of exploitation) is interpreted to include by catch. However, it is likely that the threatened status will increase in the near future given the enormity and intensity of pressure on the limited coastal habitats.

USD $2,752,294

Grant amount

USD $22,362,852

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($2,752,294)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of China

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