Renewable Energy and Forest Conservation: Sustainable Harvest and Processing of Coffee and Allspice

Project Summary

This project links initiatives to preserve biodiversity and limit the expansion of the agricultural frontier in the buffer zone surrounding the Bosawas Reserve. The proposed OP#6 component would address the identified barriers to renewable energy adoption by providing the technical extension services needed to configure, install, maintain, and operate a decentralized dry beneficio using Solar/Biomass Coffee Drying Systems. The proposed OP#3 component would conserve forest habitats for globally significant biodiversity by supporting training and outreach efforts for communities and allspice harvesters in the buffer zone of the Bosawas Reserve. The main aim is to introduce sustainable extraction methods which would leave the forest habitiat in the buffer zone intact thereby conserving forest ecosystems and associated biodiversity. The component would assist local communities to utilize renewable energy technologies (solar and biofuel energy) to produce ground allspice and allspice essential oil from berries and leaves.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Medium-size Project
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
The World Bank
Executing Agencies
Mesoamerican Development Institute (MDI)
GEF Period:
GEF - 2
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
25,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
725,000 USD
Co-financing Total
1,444,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
146,000 USD
Total Cost 2,194,000.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
Preparation Grant Approved
08 Apr 1999
Project Approved for Implementation
17 Jul 2000
Project closed
30 Sep 2004