Sacred Orchids of Chiapas: Cultural and Religious Values in Conservation

Project Summary

The proposed project, designed for specific communities in the state of Chiapas, would link traditional and religious values with a variety of arrangements for promoting forest and species conservation. It will use participatory research and knowledge dissemination to facilitate awareness among local and indigenous communities of species’ life cycles and encourage cooperative land use arrangements between collectors and landowners.On the economic side, the project seeks to achieve a fair valorization for commercially valuable species and create agreements for improving trade conditions between producers, distributors and consumers such as religious groups.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Medium-size Project
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
The World Bank
Executing Agencies
Pronatura, AC Chiapas
GEF Period:
GEF - 4
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
50,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
837,392 USD
Co-financing Total
1,173,746 USD
GEF Agency Fees
88,739 USD
Total Cost 2,061,138.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
15 Sep 2005
Preparation Grant Approved
26 Sep 2005
Concept Approved
07 Nov 2007
Project Approved for Implementation
06 Nov 2007
Project closed
03 May 2012