Strengthening the financial and operational framework of the national PA system in Guinea-Bissau

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From August 19, 2016 to August 31, 2021

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 15.a Mobilize resources for biodiversity conservation, sustainable use
  2. 15.b Mobilize resources, incentives for sustainable forest management
  3. 15.5 Reduce habitat degradation, halt biodiversity loss, extinction

Project ID: 5177

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Technical team

  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Mainstreaming biodiversity
  • Strengthening conservation areas


  • Biodiversity financing
  • Agrobiodiversity
  • Wildlife conservation


  • Grasslands
  • Forests
  • Wetlands


  • Savannas
  • Terrestrial protected areas
  • Key biodiversity areas (KBAs)
  • Important bird and biodiversity areas (IBAs)
  • Mangroves

Transformed sector(s)

  • Agriculture
  • Forestry and other land use

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Convening / Partnerships / Knowledge Sharing
  • Normative support


  • Finance economy
  • Governance
  • Management operation


  • Fiscal planning
  • Nature finance
  • New/other financial schemes/mechanism
  • Mainstream
  • Inter-sectoral coordination
  • Institutional capacity building
  • Conserved areas/ protected areas management
  • Sustainable land management

Social inclusion

  • Private sector

Gender equality

  • Women decision making
  • Livelihoods for women
  • Gender-based violence

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender responsive


  • Systems pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Improve resilience
  • Reduce exposure

SDG target(s)

  • 15.a Mobilize resources for biodiversity conservation, sustainable use
  • 15.b Mobilize resources, incentives for sustainable forest management
  • 15.5 Reduce habitat degradation, halt biodiversity loss, extinction

Conventions and protocols

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

Private sector(s)


Hot topic

  • Structural/system transformation

About this project


The objective of this project is to strengthen the financial sustainability and management effectiveness of the national protected areas system (SNAP) in Guinea-Bissau. Building upon the results of previous GEF interventions, baseline programs, and projects, and coordinating with ongoing and other donor-funded projects, the project will pursue two interlinked approaches: (i) increasing revenue generation for the SNAP by lifting barriers that impede full functioning of the BioGuinea Foundation (FBG), achieving short-term endowment capitalization targets with project co-financiers and putting in place the foundations for the achievement of medium- and long-term targets; and (ii) strengthening effective protected area (PA) management by the Institute for Biodiversity and Protected Areas (IBAP) to a critically threatened priority PA (Cantanhez National Park, CNP), while developing new operational frameworks that entail enhanced efficiencies through the involvement of the Directorate General for Forests and Fauna (DGFF) and local stakeholders. The project will contribute to the conservation of 952,172 hectares (ha) of critical natural habitats through the long-term financial sustainability of Guinea-Bissau's national network of PAs, which will cover 26% of the country. The extensive and highly productive mangrove ecosystems are critical contributors to the sub-region's marine productivity as they support globally endangered and threatened species and a variety of migratory birds, as well as sequestering significant carbon stocks. The woodland savannah, semi-dry tropical forest, and the critically endangered primary tall sub-humid tropical forests are home to threatened and endangered species of global importance that are typical of the Guinea Savannah Forest Mosaic and play critical roles as biological corridors and migration routes for large mammals. Other global environmental benefits will be derived from achieving strengthened management capacity coupled with financial sustainability at the PA system level. More specifically, by project end the initial capitalization of the endowment of the FBG with USD 7,365,248 will increase the sustainability of the SNAP by providing a flow of stable and sustainable financing equivalent to approximately 30% of the overall annual recurrent funding needs, and by so doing will contribute to the consolidation of the terrestrial PAs of Guinea-Bissau. In addition, collaborative cost-effective management of the critically threatened priority PA, the CNP and its related forest areas and buffer zones, will improve management effectiveness by 20% and will reduce the loss of threatened West African forest habitats across 105,800 ha.


Strengthening financial sustainability and management effectiveness of the national PA system in Guinea-Bissau.

USD $2,374,429

Grant amount

USD $16,765,248

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($2,374,429)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of Guinea-Bissau

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