Support for the Consolidation of a PA System in Guinea Bissau’s Forest Belt

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From July 8, 2010 to July 31, 2016

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 15.2 Promote sustainable forest management, restoration, afforestation
  2. 15.b Mobilize resources, incentives for sustainable forest management

Project ID: 3650

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Technical team

  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Strengthening conservation areas


  • Biodiversity financing


  • Forests
  • Wetlands
  • FreshWaters


  • General
  • Lakes

Transformed sector(s)

  • Forestry and other land use

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Normative support
  • Policy advice


  • Management operation
  • Capacity building


  • Sustainable land management
  • Ecosystem and ecosystem services conservation/restoration
  • Conserved areas/ protected areas management
  • Institutional capacity building
  • Technical capacity building

Social inclusion


Gender equality


Gender result effectiveness scale



  • Systems pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Hazard control/mitigation
  • Improve resilience

SDG target(s)

  • 15.2 Promote sustainable forest management, restoration, afforestation
  • 15.b Mobilize resources, incentives for sustainable forest management

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

Guinea-Bissau straddles two major biomes: coastal and marine ecosystems in the western part of the country, featuring islands, mangroves, estuaries and adjacent areas; and terrestrial ecosystems covering the remaining two-thirds of the country, dominated by forests, savannas, lakes and wetlands. Both biomes harbor globally significant biodiversity, measured in terms of habitat diversity and constituent species richness. However, the conservation status of these two biomes is highly imbalanced. In terms of protected area coverage, all of the country's existing protected areas are located in marine and coastal zones. The proposed project will correct this imbalance by establishing the first purely terrestrial protected area units in Guinea-Bissau, while simultaneously increasing the effectiveness and sustainability of the national PA system. This will enhance the country's operational and financial capacities to manage an expanded national PA estate.

USD $1,000,000

Grant amount

USD $3,995,000

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($1,000,000)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of Guinea-Bissau

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