The GEF has approved a Project Preparation Grant (PPG) for Nigeria in order to produce a UNDP Project Document and a GEF CEO Endorsement Request (both using the appropriate templates) under the guidance of UNDP-GEF and working in close collaboration with key government officials, donors, NGOs, CBOs and the private sector.
The project, budgeted for $3.6 million in GEF funding and $6.2 million 5,265,000 million in co-financing to be mobilized, will conserve globally important biodiversity in Nigeria by mainstreaming biodiversity management priorities into the Niger Delta oil and gas (O&G) sector development policies and operations. This process will contribute to averting threats and risks to biodiversity linked to O&G operations in priority Niger Delta ecosystems within a spatial area of 4,600,000 hectares. This will be achieved through the following three components:
1) Governance framework for the mainstreaming of biodiversity conservation into the O&G sector in the Niger Delta
2) O&G industry and community engagement in biodiversity management in the Niger Delta
3) Financial mechanisms for O&G sector support to biodiversity conservation
The PPG process is to be implemented between May and November 2010 and will focus on the activities necessary for approving and finalizing the proposed project. The focal points for the project in government and the PPG team of consultants will work in collaboration with existing related initiatives to carry out the following activities:
1. Baseline data collection and information gap analysis
- Analyze the Niger Delta Regional Development Master Plan’s Biodiversity Sector Report.
- Collect and collate available ecological data on the biological and ecological diversity of the Delta (threats, impacts and barrier analysis)
- Prepare a preliminary biodiversity valuation exercise for biodiversity in the Niger Delta.
- Prepare comprehensive activity/output component and Terms of Reference for the development of an application of the IBAT for the Niger Delta that is useful to the O&G industry and useful for guiding conservation planning.
- Analyse existing legal and policy frameworks governing the O&G sector and their ability to support the incorporation of biodiversity conservation imperatives into them (concessions, EIAs, O&G siting agreements, biodiversity offsets)
- Baseline Capacity Assessment. (1) At the federal level: FMoE, NDCC, MNDA, NOSDRA and NESREA). (2) At the state level: Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross Rivers.
- Baseline Capacity Assessment at local level.
- Map and estimate the spatial mainstreaming targets will be better
2. Industry Assessment and Initial Industry Engagement Plan
- Identify and map the O&G industry players in the Niger Delta,
- Assess whether these companies have (or plan to have) CSR plans or policies, oil spill contingency plans, and their positions on biodiversity conservation; assess the adequacy of these.
- Assess companies willingness to join together in a compact to contribute to a Biodiversity Trust Fund and to establish biodiversity-maintreamed siting agreements
- Identify potential incentive mechanisms for engaging the industry in the project
- Outline a capitalization plan for the Trust Fund proposed under the project’s component 3
- Compile the Initial Industry Engagement Plan: Propose a plan with clear recommendations for the engagement of the O&G industry in the project and in its objectives
3. Delta Biodiversity Conservation Financing Assessment
- Assess relevant laws, policies, and institutional baseline for the Delta Biodiversity Trust Fund in Nigeria.
- Apply the GEF’s checklist of eligibility requirements for GEF funding of Trust Funds
- Consider how the Trust Fund could be designed (i.e. financial and administrative aspects) with measures to ensure the security of assets, from invasion, currency devaluation and attachment, and to manage investment risks.
- Confirm whether co-financing targets can be satisfied, and development of a preliminary fund raising strategy
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