Conservation and Sustainable Management of Below Ground Biodiversity, Phase I

Project Summary

The objective of this project is to enhance awareness, knowledge and understanding of below-ground biological diversity (BGBD) important to sustainable agricultural production in tropical landscapes by the demonstration of methods for conservation and sustainable management. The project will explore the hypothesis that, by appropriate management of above- and below-ground biota, optimal conservation of biodiversity for national and global benefits can be achieved in mosaics of land-uses at differing intensities of management and furthermore result in simultaneous gains in sustainable agricultural production

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Full-size Project
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
United Nations Environment Programme
Executing Agencies
Brazil: Universidade Federal de Lavras, Cote d'Ivore: Universite de Cocody (Abidjan), India: Jawaharlal Nehru University, Indonesia: Universitas Lampung, Kenya: National Museums of Kenya, Mexico: Instituto de Ecologia, Xalapa, Uganda: Makere Univer
GEF Period:
GEF - 2
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
273,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
5,022,646 USD
Co-financing Total
9,000,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
240,000 USD
Total Cost 14,295,646.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
01 Oct 2001
Preparation Grant Approved
19 Mar 1998
Concept Approved
01 Dec 2001
Project Approved for Implementation
16 Jul 2002
Project closed
01 Jul 2008