Consolidation of Ecosystem Management and Biodiversity Conservation of the Bay Islands

Project Summary

The resulting project would assist the Government of Honduras to conserve and sustainable manage key coastal/marine ecosystems in the archipelago of the Bay Islands (islands of Utila, Roatan, Guanaja, and over 60 smaller keys). The archipelago includes a complex marine system exceeding 500 km2 with barrier and firing corals reef formations juxtaposed with extensive sea grass beds and coastal lagoons. The region is of great biological diversity and the project would complement existing GEF investments in the Mesoamerican Barrier reef and the Belize coastal zone management projects.. Key objectives of the resulting project are: (a) define and implement the sub-regional (Bay Islands-wide) institutional arrangements needed to integrate biodiversity conservation into broader environmental management functions of local and central government agencies; (b) establish the operational basis and capacity for co-management of the system of coastal and marine protected areas spanning the entire archipelago; (c) introduce economic incentives for maintenance and recovery of natural resources under threat; and (d) design and implement financing mechanisms for biodiversity conservation.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Full-size Project
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
Inter-American Development Bank
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Tourism (Secretaria de Turismo)
GEF Period:
GEF - 3
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
320,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
2,500,000 USD
Co-financing Total
13,800,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
282,000 USD
Total Cost 16,620,000.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
26 Oct 2001
Preparation Grant Approved
22 Feb 2002
Concept Approved
01 Jul 2003
Project Approved for Implementation
24 Nov 2003
Project closed
27 Feb 2013