Environmental Services Project

Project Summary

The project objective is to improve the provision of environmental services that bring both national benefits (primarily water services) and global benefits (primarily increased biodiversity conservation) by strengthening and expanding existing programs for payment of environmental services (PES) related to water (PSAH) and to carbon captures and biodiversity (CABSA) as well as supporting the establishment of new local PES mechanisms.The project will ensure that only sites with globally significant biodiversity will receive GEF funds under the national or local programs, in the project area. Furthermore, all land management systems with PES support under the project (from any funding source) will be biodiversity-friendly. All eight of the pilot sites where PES systems would be established, strengthened, or continued under the project are chosen to overlap with at least two of the following high-priority biodiversity conservation designations: (i) existing Natural Protected Areas; (ii) Priority Terrestrial Ecoregions established by CONABIO; (iii) Important Bird Areas that are vital to the survival of endemic species or to protecting key bird breeding, feeding, and migration areas; and (iv) Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Full-size Project
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
The World Bank
Executing Agencies
The National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR)
GEF Period:
GEF - 3
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
350,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
15,000,000 USD
Co-financing Total
141,560,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
1,381,500 USD
Total Cost 156,910,000.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
30 Jan 2004
Preparation Grant Approved
24 Mar 2004
Concept Approved
01 Nov 2005
Project Approved for Implementation
27 Feb 2006
Project closed
30 Jun 2011