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Catalyzing sustainability of the wetland protected area system in Belarusian Polesie through increased management efficiency and realigned land use practices.

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1 Catalyzing sustainability of the wetland protected area system in Belarusian Polesie through increased management efficiency and realigned land use practices OP 2, SP 1 Dmitry Goloubovsky, UNDP Belarus EE COP, Bratislava, Sep 27-28, 2005

2 Protected Areas System of Belarus Total – 1.6 m ha (7.9%)Total – 1.6 m ha (7.9%) 1 Biosphere Reserve 1 Biosphere Reserve 4 National Parks 4 National Parks 96 National +473 local Zakazniks (70% of PAs) 96 National +473 local Zakazniks (70% of PAs) Catalyzing Sustainability of Protected Areas in Belarusian Polesie Baseline

3 Polesie bio-geographical region Polesie bio-geographical region Spans - Belarus, Ukraine, Poland, Russia Spans - Belarus, Ukraine, Poland, Russia Severely damaged by Soviet-era wetland drainage Severely damaged by Soviet-era wetland drainage Retained unique wetland biodiversity and landscapes of international importance Retained unique wetland biodiversity and landscapes of international importance Zakazniks’ biodiversity particularly vulnerable to threats from agriculture, forestry, flood-defense Zakazniks’ biodiversity particularly vulnerable to threats from agriculture, forestry, flood-defense Project Scope Catalyzing Sustainability of Protected Areas in Belarusian Polesie

4 Project Strategy Demonstrate feasibility of enhanced wetland reserves management: Demonstrate feasibility of enhanced wetland reserves management: Build reserves management capacity (PAMUs) Build reserves management capacity (PAMUs) Legislate reserves MPs, incl. buffer zones Legislate reserves MPs, incl. buffer zones Realign land- & water use practices in and around reserves with BD needs: Realign land- & water use practices in and around reserves with BD needs: Methodology for balanced land-use planning Methodology for balanced land-use planning BD-friendly forestry MPs, incl. certification BD-friendly forestry MPs, incl. certification BD-friendly guidelines for water use, incl. amended anti-flood program BD-friendly guidelines for water use, incl. amended anti-flood program Catalyzing Sustainability of Protected Areas in Belarusian Polesie

5 Programming Tips Detailed stakeholder analysis, incl. mechanisms for local participation, NGOs Detailed stakeholder analysis, incl. mechanisms for local participation, NGOs Strategy to mitigate impact on local community Strategy to mitigate impact on local community High gov-t co-financing as a risk, mitigation strategy High gov-t co-financing as a risk, mitigation strategy Strategy for integration of GEF interventions into national framework, sustainability Strategy for integration of GEF interventions into national framework, sustainability Post-project PA financing Post-project PA financing Catalyzing Sustainability of Protected Areas in Belarusian Polesie

6 Programming Tips (contd.) Project-induced modified baseline to qualify as co-funding Project-induced modified baseline to qualify as co-funding Ensure co-financing is sufficiently justified Ensure co-financing is sufficiently justified Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool Diversify PA financing by enhancing MPs into business plans Diversify PA financing by enhancing MPs into business plans Plan and budget for M&E, sufficient $ for external evaluations ($40K each) Plan and budget for M&E, sufficient $ for external evaluations ($40K each) Catalyzing Sustainability of Protected Areas in Belarusian Polesie

7 Programming Tips (contd.) If tourism considered as alternative source of income, provide feasibility data If tourism considered as alternative source of income, provide feasibility data BD monitoring data as objective-level indicator BD monitoring data as objective-level indicator Project to link up with international strategies, e.g. CMS, AEWA, GPI Project to link up with international strategies, e.g. CMS, AEWA, GPI Linkages with other IAs programs Linkages with other IAs programs Catalyzing Sustainability of Protected Areas in Belarusian Polesie

8 Thank you!


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