Strengthening the Sub system of Marine Protected Areas

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From December 15, 2014 to December 15, 2019

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 14.2 Sustainably manage, protect, restore marine, coastal ecosystems
  2. 14.4 Regulate harvesting, overfishing, illegal fishing
  3. 14.7 Increase economic benefits of marine resources to SIDS

Project ID: 4826

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Technical team

  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Strengthening conservation areas


  • Ecosystem-based mitigation
  • Biodiversity financing
  • Wildlife conservation


  • Marine
  • Conserved areas


  • Coasts
  • Marine and coastal protected areas
  • Specially protected areas (SPAs)

Transformed sector(s)

  • Aquaculture
  • Fisheries

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Institutional mechanism and system building
  • Normative support


  • Management operation
  • Governance
  • Mitigation adaptation


  • Ecosystem and ecosystem services conservation/restoration
  • Institutional framework
  • Ecosystem mitigation and adaptation

Social inclusion

  • Local community/CSOs

Gender equality

  • Livelihoods for women

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender targeted


  • Systems pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Hazard control/mitigation
  • Reduce exposure
  • Improve resilience

SDG target(s)

  • 14.2 Sustainably manage, protect, restore marine, coastal ecosystems
  • 14.4 Regulate harvesting, overfishing, illegal fishing
  • 14.7 Increase economic benefits of marine resources to SIDS

Conventions and protocols

  • Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
  • National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs)

Private sector(s)


Hot topic

  • Poverty reduction

About this project


This project will apply a system-wide approach to increase the coverage, operational effectiveness and financial sustainability of Marine and Coastal Protected Areasin the north coast of Honduras, resulting in improved conservation of globally important marine and coastal biodiversity, improved productive sustainability of fisheries resources of national and regional importance and improved livelihood sustainability among fisher populations and others that depend directly and indirectly on coastal and marine resources. As such, the project will contribute to Outcome 1.1 under the GEF5 Biodiversity Focal Area, which aims to improve the management effectiveness of new and existing protected areas and deliver increased PA coverage of currently unprotected ecosystems. It will also thereby contribute to Goal 1.1 of the Programme of Work on Protected Areas of the CBD, "To establish and strengthen national and regional systems of protected areas integrated into a global network as a contribution to globally agreed goals", Goal 1.2 "To integrate protected areas into broader land- and seascapes and sectors so as to maintain ecological structure and function", Goal 1.4 "To substantially improve site-based protected area planning and management" and Goal 1.5 "To prevent and mitigate the negative impacts of key threats to protected areas".


To promote the conservation of biodiversity through the expansion of the effective coverage of Marine and Coastal Protected Areasin Honduras.

USD $6,172,728

Grant amount

USD $11,600,000

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($6,172,728)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of Honduras

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