Climate Resilient Fishery Initiative for Livelihood Improvement in the Gambia (PROREFISH Gambia)

Climate Resilient Fishery Initiative for Livelihood Improvement in the Gambia (PROREFISH Gambia)

  • Status Under implementation
  • Date approved 20 Jul 2022 at B.33
  • Est. completion 28 Oct 2028
  • ESS Category Category B

The fishery sector in Gambia is facing numerous challenges from climate change impacts. Communities across the country rely heavily on the Gambia river for their source of income, including artisanal fisheries which is the backbone of the livelihoods for vulnerable and rural poor communities. The artisanal fishery sector provides jobs and gives access to nutrient and protein rich diets. However, because of climate change impacts, these local livelihoods are threatened. Climate change is affecting both marine, coastal, and riverine fisheries, damaging fishery infrastructure (e.g., landing sites), and increasing the salinity and acidity levels that impacting the range and availability of fish species.  

The project aims to support vulnerable and poor fishing communities in building resilience to climate change and in diversifying livelihoods through technology improvements, processing techniques, climate-proofing of the local fishery infrastructure, and diversification of local food systems. 

Total project value


Tonnes of emissions avoided






Result areas

Project timeline


08 Jun 2018 - 1504 days

Concept note received

08 Jun 2018

Funding proposal received

15 Apr 2021

Cleared by GCF Secretariat

14 Apr 2022

Legal opinion on AE's Internal Approval

23 Jun 2022

Cleared by iTAP

24 Jun 2022


20 Jul 2022 - 101 days

Approved by GCF Board

20 Jul 2022

FAA executed

20 Jul 2022

Under implementation

28 Oct 2022 - 573 days so far

FAA effective

28 Oct 2022

Disbursement - USD 1,384,393

21 Nov 2022

To be completed

28 Oct 2028 - 1,621 days to go

One region

  • Africa

One country

Two priority groups

  • Least Developed Countries
  • African States
  • Financing
    • Private sector
    • Public sector
  • Size
    • Micro
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large

GCF financing8% disbursed

GrantUSD 17,200,000
Total GCF Financing
USD 17,200,000


Co-FinancingGrantUSD 5,000,000
Co-FinancingIn-kindUSD 2,000,000
Co-FinancingGrantUSD 800,000
Total Co-Financing
USD 7,800,000

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Phone +82 32 458 6186 (KST)
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Accredited Entity

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Ms. Elizabeth A. Bechdol

Deputy Director-General
Phone +39 06 57051800
Ms. Maria Helena Semedo

Deputy Director-General
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National Designated Authority

Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs
Mr. Mustapha Samateh Primary
The Quandrangle, Banjul, Gambia
Phone +2202013703

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