Biodiversity Conservation Project

Project Summary

In conjunction with the IBRD-supported Native Forests and Protected Areas Project, the project will expand the protected area system through the creation and management of protected areas in currently unprotected ecosystems of global biological significance (eg, Pampas grass lands, Andean Puna, the Chaco, Patagonian Steppe, etc.). The project also includes a public participation plan to ensure widespread stakeholder involvement in project activities, strengthening of institutions and policy, legal and regulatory frameworks at the national and provincial levels to support biodiversity conservation, an internet-connected, national biodiversity information management system, and establishment of a grants program targeted to sustainable development, conservation and awareness activities in the surrounding buffer zones.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Full-size Project
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
The World Bank
Executing Agencies
National Parks Administration (APN); Secretariat of Natural Resources and Sustainable Development (SRNyDS)
GEF Period:
GEF - 1
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
289,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
10,100,000 USD
Co-financing Total
37,500,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
Total Cost 47,889,000.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
Preparation Grant Approved
10 Jan 1997
Concept Approved
01 Feb 1997
Project Approved for Implementation
25 Aug 1997
Project closed
30 Jun 2006