Improvement of Management Effectiveness in the Maya Biosphere Reserve (MBR)

Project Summary

At pipeline entry:The development objective of this project is to support the conservation and sustainable use of the biodiversity in the MBR based on strengthening the institutional and local capacity for its management. The global objective is enhanced conservation of the biodiversity of regional and global importance in the MBR.At Work Program Inclusion: Oct 10 2006The Maya Biosphere Reserve (MBR) is the largest protected area in Central America, spanning 2,112,940 ha of the northern part of the department of Petén in Guatemala. The reserve encompasses approx. 75% of the Guatemalan system of PAs managed by CONAP. As an internationally renowned culturally and ecologically significant area, the reserve includes a World Heritage Site and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. While threats to the biodiversity resources are increasing, including due to increased unsustainable human activities with lack of land use planning and capacity, the GEF project is suggested to support conservation management and the sustainable use of biodiversity with an emphasis on areas of high biological importance in the MBR, by strengthening institutional, national and local capacities to optimize management, thus guaranteeing the effective participation of various stakeholders as partners in 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 Environment and Natural Resources
GEF Period:
GEF - 4
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
350,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
3,660,000 USD
Co-financing Total
11,330,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
401,000 USD
Total Cost 15,340,000.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
04 Feb 2005
Preparation Grant Approved
17 Mar 2005
Concept Approved
01 Jun 2007
Project Approved for Implementation
05 Nov 2008
Project closed
24 May 2017