Community Management of the Bio-Itza Reserve Project

Project Summary

The project would assist Bio-Itza and Conservation International Guatemala to conserve and sustainable manage a sizable piece of land of great biological significance next to Tikal National Park, and other important areas in the central region of the Maya Biosphere Reserve, one of the largest reserves in Guatemala. It would empower indigenous communities to strengthen control of their land and manage it over the long term. Proposed activities include: capacity building of the Bio-Itza association, (b) creation and implementation of s strategy and management plan for the protection of the Bio-Itza reserve; (c) creation and implementation of a socio-economic and biodiversity M&E plan; (d) creation and implementation of an information, training and research center, providing training on traditional production systems and adequate information on the state of biodiversity in the reserve and its surroundings and the impacts of natural resource uses such as tourism, non-timber forest products, timber, etc.; and (e) project management and monitoring

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Medium-size Project
Project Approved
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
The World Bank
Executing Agencies
The Bio-Itza Association, Conservation International Guatemala Office
GEF Period:
GEF - 2
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
25,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
725,000 USD
Co-financing Total
754,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
146,000 USD
Total Cost 1,504,000.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
24 Jan 2002
Preparation Grant Approved
14 Aug 2000
Project Approved for Implementation
10 Jun 2002
Project closed