The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council approved the Project Brief for the Strategic Action Programme for the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden (SAP) in November 1997. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed two Preparatory Assistance documents to facilitate the formulation of the agency-specific Project documents. In order to discuss and agree on a detailed implementation arrangement and a work plan for the full-scale Project, two consultative meetings were held with the Regional Organisation for the Conservation of the Environment of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden (PERSGA) and within the three GEF implementing agencies. During the Nairobi consultative meeting held in May 1998, it was agreed that a common management document—the Project Implementation Plan (PIP)—would be cooperatively developed and attached to each agency-specific Project document.

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Project Implementation Plan

The Project Implementation Plan is intended to provide an overall management framework for implementation of the SAP. This type of common document has the following benefits:

  • It will assure full complementarity and integrity of activities under the Project components to be supported by the three co-operating GEF implementing
  • A common Project implementation framework and reference material will be provided for use by all co-operating parties.
  • The implementation arrangements, including procurement and disbursement
  •  procedures, to be used for activities supported by each of the GEF implementing agencies, will be more easily understood and available for ready access.
  • Countries with activities at the national level will be able to obtain specific information concerning planned activities in a comprehensive manner.
  • Effective Project planning and management by PERSGA, co-operating countries and the GEF implementing agencies is enhanced by having a common, integrated work plan.

SAP in the PERSGA Region

The preparation of the PIP benefited from the contribution of several international specialists. Written sections were shared and discussed with PERSGA and among the three GEF implementing agencies. The Country Work Plans were prepared after conducting two-person missions during the months of May and June 1998 to Djibouti, Somalia (Nairobi Offices), Sudan and Yemen. The PIP serves as the main reference document to be used for operational purposes. Section I of the PIP focuses on SAP component work plans, where activities of a regional nature (whether Project- or country-funded) will facilitate the participation of all countries in regional activities. Section II of the PIP document focuses on activities funded by GEF that will be carried out at a national level in the four southern countries.




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