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Detail of GEF Project #1515

GEF Project ID1515
Funding SourceGEF Trust Fund
Project NameConsolidation of Ecosystem Management and Biodiversity Conservation of the Bay Islands
CountryHonduras
RegionLatin America and Caribbean
Focal AreaBiodiversity
Operational Program2
Pipeline Entry Date2002-02-04
PDF-B Approval Date2002-02-22
Approval Date2003-08-25
CEO Endorsement Date2003-11-24
GEF Agency Approval Date2004-08-06
Project Completion Date2011-12-31
Project StatusProject Completion
GEF AgencyIADB
Executing AgencyMinistry of Tourism (Secretaria de Turismo)
DescriptionThe resulting project would assist the Government of Honduras to conserve and sustainable manage key coastal/marine ecosystems in the archipelago of the Bay Islands (islands of Utila, Roatan, Guanaja, and over 60 smaller keys). The archipelago includes a complex marine system exceeding 500 km2 with barrier and firing corals reef formations juxtaposed with extensive sea grass beds and coastal lagoons. The region is of great biological diversity and the project would complement existing GEF investments in the Mesoamerican Barrier reef and the Belize coastal zone management projects.. Key objectives of the resulting project are: (a) define and implement the sub-regional (Bay Islands-wide) institutional arrangements needed to integrate biodiversity conservation into broader environmental management functions of local and central government agencies; (b) establish the operational basis and capacity for co-management of the system of coastal and marine protected areas spanning the entire archipelago; (c) introduce economic incentives for maintenance and recovery of natural resources under threat; and (d) design and implement financing mechanisms for biodiversity conservation.
Implementation StatusIn execution (started October 2004)
PDF B Amount
320,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
2,500,000 USD
GEF Grant
2,820,000 USD
Cofinancing Total
13,800,000 USD
Project Cost
16,620,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
282,000 USD
GEF Project (CEO Endo.)
2,500,000 USD
Cofinancing Total (CEO Endo.)
13,800,000 USD
Project Cost (CEO Endo.)
16,620,000 USD
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