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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
  • Ecosystems and ecosystem services
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 GMB
Beneficiaries (approx.) 57,750

Investment Data

  • Financing:
    • Public
    • Public / Private
    • 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
  • 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 Est. implementation period 6.0 years Est. completion date 08 August 2023

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.

The project has an estimated lifespan of 6 years.

Document title
Published date
Approved funding proposal FP011 - UNEP - Gambia 22 Mar 2017
Gender assessment FP011 - UNEP - Gambia 06 Jun 2017
Accredited Entity
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Ms. Ermira Fida Tel: +254 20 7623113 Ms. Hemini Vrontamitis Tel: +254 20 7623795
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