Caribbean Archipelago Biosphere Reserve: Regional Marine Protected Area System

Project Summary

The proposed MSP would support conservation of critical habitats in the Archipelago as a means to protect and restore species diversity, sustainable marine and coastal resource use, and equitable benefit distribution to local populations. Achievement of these objectives is vital to the survival of the native culture, both socially and economically. Under the project, marine protected areas (MPAs) would be established to be part of a comprehensive system that includes representative strategic marine and coastal ecosystems of the region: a variety of coral formations, seagrass beds, mangroves, beaches and deep water areas. In this way, the widest goals of biodiversity conservation and recovery can be met as habitats that support both coastal and marine plants (mangroves, ferns, epiphytes, seagrass, seaweed, algae) and endemic, resident and migrant animals (fishes, reptiles, birds, invertebrates, fungi, micro-organisms) are included in the protected areas. Community involvement and both formal and informal training in multiple-use MPA management will be given particular attention.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Medium-size Project
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
The World Bank
Executing Agencies
GEF Period:
GEF - 2
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
25,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
975,000 USD
Co-financing Total
3,180,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
146,000 USD
Total Cost 4,180,000.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
Preparation Grant Approved
23 Jun 1999
Project Approved for Implementation
22 Jun 2000
Project closed
30 Jun 2005