Conservation of the biodiversity of the Nimba Mountains through integrated and participatory management

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From October 6, 2005 to December 4, 2020

SDGs addressed by this project

Project ID: 1584

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Technical team

  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Mainstreaming biodiversity
  • Ecosystem management and restoration


  • Access and benefit sharing
  • Ecosystem-based mitigation
  • Wildlife conservation


  • Forests
  • Human altered areas
  • Conserved areas


  • Heritage sites
  • Montane forests
  • Terrestrial protected areas
  • Key biodiversity areas (KBAs)

Transformed sector(s)

  • Materials and manufacturing
  • Metals and Mining
  • ASGM

UNDP role(s)

  • Institutional mechanism and system building


  • Enabling
  • Food and agricultural commodities
  • Management operation


  • Alignment
  • Community engagement
  • Development planning
  • Mainstream
  • Management effectiveness (METT)
  • Conserved areas/ protected areas management
  • Improved & diversified sustainable livelihoods (TP 5)

Social inclusion

  • Local community/CSOs
  • Women
  • Youth/Children

Gender equality

  • Women's cooperatives and groups

Gender result effectiveness scale



  • People pathway
  • Systems pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Improve resilience
  • Reduce exposure

SDG target(s)


Conventions and protocols

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

Private sector(s)


Hot topic

  • Food and agricultural commodities strategy
  • Poverty reduction

About this project


This programme will contribute to the protection of the biological diversity of the Nimba Mountains Biosphere Reserve, including the World Heritage Site (officially on the list of Sites in Danger since 1992). The proposed programme will rely on integrated ecosystem management through participatory approaches according to the philosophy of a biosphere reserve in which conservation of globally important biodiversity, and landscape-level sustainable use of natural resources and sustainable development are harmonised. The programme will enhance mainstreaming of biodiversity conservation into local and national level sustainable development planning. The programme will also contribute to the development of a national system of protected areas. The programme consists of (I) support to the protection of three core reserve areas in the Nimba Mountains which cover a range of ecosystem types from high-altitude savannahs to montane, mid-altitude and lowland rainforest formations plus their associated aquatic environments, (II) improving agricultural intensification and revenues in the buffer zone and transition area of the Reserve (lateritic savannah, lowland rainforest, secondary bush, agricultural land), (III) promoting culturally appropriate animal husbandry and sustainable management and use of wild fauna in the buffer zone and transition area, (IV) improving local health and hygiene conditions, by promoting complementarity between 'modern' and traditional medicines, and sustainable use and management of traditional medicinal plants in the buffer zone and transition area, and (V) strengthening the management authority for the Biosphere Reserve - CEGEN - as well as inter-institutional co-ordination & planning mechanisms for CEGEN and national partners including sectoral line agencies, rural development groupings, development organisations and programmes, and the proposed iron ore mining operation.


Core areas of the Nimba Mountains Biosphere Reserve protected in a manner compatible with local sustainable development needs.

USD $3,990,000

Grant amount

USD $7,676,000

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($3,990,000)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of Guinea

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