National Grasslands Biodiversity Program

Project Summary

The South Africa Grasslands biome is a repository of globally significant biodiversity. Much of the grasslands ecosystem presently lies in production landscapes allocated to livestock production, agriculture (mainly cereals), afforestacion with exotic tree species, and coal mining. In addition, South Africa's largest urban and industrial centre is located within the grasslands. Production activities constitute the main threat to grasslands biodiversity. Therefore, there is a need to mainstream biodiversity management objectives into the practices of the production sectors that provide the stimulus for land use changes that threaten biodiversity. The objective of this project is: Major production sectors are directly contributing to the achievement of biodiversity conservation priorities within the grasslands biome

Project Details

GEF Project ID


Project Type

Full-size Project




South Africa



Focal Areas


Funding Source

GEF Trust Fund

Implementing Agencies

United Nations Development Programme

Executing Agencies

South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)

GEF Period:

GEF - 4

Approval Fiscal Year:


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