Conservation and Sustainable Use of Medicinal Plants

Project Summary

The project aims to facilitate development of safe and efficacious healthcare relying on traditional medicine and medicinal plants while protecting the resource base and implementing measures to reduce pressure on wild populations of rare and endemic species. Specifically it is aimed at resolving problems of habitat destruction, erosion of biodiversity, loss of traditional knowledge and practices, rural poverty and primary healthcare in the regional setting. The GEF component is focused on inventory of medicinal plants found in the Bale Mountains National Park, with studies of harvest, production, and degree of endangerment, development of community oriented management guidelines for sustainable harvest in appropriate zones of the park, development of cultivation trials and methodologies, training in environmental conservation both for Park staff and local communities; and education and mass awareness campaigns.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Full-size Project
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
The World Bank
Executing Agencies
Institute for Biodiversity Conservation and Research (IBCR)
GEF Period:
GEF - 2
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
110,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
1,802,000 USD
Co-financing Total
3,284,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
Total Cost 5,196,000.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
Preparation Grant Approved
02 Feb 1998
Concept Approved
07 May 1999
Project Approved for Implementation
13 Oct 1999
Project closed
31 Dec 2006