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Sustainable financing for Swaziland's National Protected Area System

Donor/Partner: UNDP   |   Duration: 2013-2014   |   Location: Kingdom of Swaziland, Africa

About:As part of the development of a UNDP/GEF full-scale project on biodiversity conservation in a landscape approach, counterpoint led the initiative on protected area financing.

The project took an integrated approach, linking “bottom up” site-based interventions (such as improved PA financial planning which entails aligning conservation goals and spending priorities, defining cost-effective management approaches, identifying the overall costs associated with revised management plans, and generating new funding) – with “top down” national policy level work.

Development of site-based financing strategies was complimented by the identification and modification of legal and regulatory constraints at the national level. The project worked with a broad array of government agencies and private sector partners whose decisions influence the finances of protected areas.

The project goal was to ensure that the foundations, structures and processes were put in place to achieve the financial sustainability of the various management systems of protected areas and increase the likelihood of achieving financial sustainability.

counterpoint conducted the following activities as part of this project:

  • Facilitated and coordinated the communications and consultation plan involving national and local stakeholders and a series of national workshops
  • Assessed and reviewed livelihood opportunities and options in the buffer areas around protected areas
  • Assessed and reviewed gender opportunities and options for mainstreaming in the buffer areas around protected areas and as part of protecetd area management
Project Details
Technical Skills:
Biodiversity conservation
Environmental and ecological economics
Livlihood and vulnerability assessment
Financial assessment & modeling
Protected areas management
Environmental policy and planning
Community engagement
Integrated natural resource management

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Protected Areas
Finacial Sustainability
Community Development
Gender Analysis