Conservation and Sustainable Use of Medicinal Plants

Project Summary

Project will design and implement a medicinal plants conservation program. For five botanical reserves where medicinal plants are collected from the wild, it will support baseline research, monitoring, conservation planning, community organizing, enrichment plantings, research on traditional medicinal plant knowledge, sustainable economic activities relating to medicinal plants or taking pressures off wild resources, improved marketing of such plants, and education. Ex-situ cultivation and conservation of medicinal plants will be supported, too, through research on and promotion of ex-situ cultivation, and through enhancing ex-situ collections. Lastly, legal and policy reforms in support of medicinal plant conservation, a national information network, and training and awareness campaigns will be financed.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Full-size Project
Sri Lanka
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
The World Bank
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Indigenous Medicine
GEF Period:
GEF - 1
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
345,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
4,570,000 USD
Co-financing Total
500,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
Total Cost 5,415,000.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
Preparation Grant Approved
01 May 1997
Concept Approved
01 May 1997
Project Approved for Implementation
04 Nov 1997
Project closed
14 Apr 2005