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Large-scale Ecosystem-based Adaptation in the Gambia River Basin: developing a climate resilient, natural resource based economy

Beneficiaries Anticipated number of people with increased resilience


GCF results areas
  • Health, food and water security
  • Livelihoods of people and communities
Gender benefits This project will adopt a target of gender-equitable benefits that promotes the economic empowerment and increased decision-making of women. UN Sustainable Development Goal #11 Sustainable cities and communities

Location & People

  • Africa
  • Gambia GM
Beneficiaries (approx.) 57,750

Investment Data

  • Financing:
    • Public
    • Private
  • Project size:
    • Micro
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large
  • E&S Risk category:
    • Category A
    • Category B
    • Category C
Total project investment
GCF Financing
  • Instrument Grant USD
  • Years to pay 0  
  • Interest 0  
  • Government of Gambia Grant USD

Project owners

Accredited Entity Executing Entity
  • Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Water, Forests and Wildlife Gambia
Large-scale Ecosystem-based Adaptation in the Gambia River Basin: developing a climate resilient, natural resource based economy Approved June 2016 Duration 6.0 years

Restoring degraded forests and agricultural landscapes in The Gambia with climate-resilient plants, establishing natural resource-based businesses, and strengthening capacity and policies to implement ecobased adaptation systems.

Climate change is exacerbating the effects of poverty in The Gambia, which is one of the poorest countries in Africa. Large-scale ecosystem adaptation is necessary to build climate resilience of rural Gambian communities, whose livelihoods are threatened by the impacts of climate change. In order to respond to this threat, The Gambia is transitioning towards a sustainable green economy based on climate-resilient livelihoods and rigorous, evidence-based management of natural resources.

Implementing Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) is a significant part of this strategy, and its implementation will be enabled through the GCF investment. EbA will both protect the environment and facilitate the development of the sustainable, natural resource-based economy to the benefit of local communities. EbA will be integrated into planning at national, district and village levels. Agricultural landscapes and degraded ecosystems including forests, mangroves and savannahs will be restored using climate-resilient tree and shrub species across an area of at least 10,000 hectares. This will be complemented by the establishment of natural resource-based businesses managed by local communities.

Document title Published date
Funding proposal 08 Jun 2016
FP011 ESS Report 27 Sep 2016
Accredited Entity
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Ms. Brennan Van Dyke Tel: +254 20 7623461 Ms. Kelly West Tel: +254 20 7624147
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