Corazon Transboundary Biosphere Reserve

Project Summary

The global objective of the proposed project is to consolidate the management and protection of Nicaragua’s and Honduras’ proposed Transfrontier Biosphere Reserve “Corazón de Corredor Biológico Mesoamericano” (henceforth “Corazón Reserve”), simultaneously strengthening the PA systems as a whole of the two countries. The Corazón Reserve extends in Honduras from the Plátano Biosphere Reserve through the Tawakha Indigenous Reserve and Patuca National Park, to the Bosawas Reserve in Nicaragua and includes adjacent areas of natural habitat in the Mosquitia. In total this is an area of about 50,000 km2 (5 million ha) and is the largest single block of unaltered tropical forest north of Colombia – it truly represents the “heart” of the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor (MBC). The Nicaraguan and Honduran governments are in the process of working with UNESCO on the formal creation of the Reserve.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Full-size Project
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
The World Bank
Executing Agencies
American Commission on the Environment and Development
GEF Period:
GEF - 3
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
400,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
12,000,000 USD
Co-financing Total
21,000,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
1,116,000 USD
Total Cost 33,400,000.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
16 May 2003
Preparation Grant Approved
18 Jun 2003
Concept Approved
01 Jun 2005
Project Approved for Implementation
Project closed
15 Dec 2012