Improving Mangrove Conservation Across the Eastern Tropical Pacific Seascape (ETPS)

Women Traditional Dance in red dresses

Traditional dance in Ecuador

In partnership with Conservation International, the GEF-funded project “Improving Mangrove Conservation across the Eastern Tropical Pacific Seascape (ETPS) through Coordinated Regional and National Strategy Development and Implementation” works to conserve mangroves in the Eastern Tropical Pacific countries of Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, and Panama. Mangroves provide many benefits to the region: they protect and stabilize coastlines, sequester carbon, and are a critical source of food security. With these mangroves threatened by coastal development, aquaculture, and felled for wood products, local governments are taking action and have agreed to a regional initiative for “ridge to reef” mangrove management. Through this project, each country will implement national policies and plans to help protect 736,000 hectares of mangroves in the region.

  • mural painted on building of a whale

    Photo taken by WWF GEF Agency during project mission

  • bag of clams

    Photo taken by WWF GEF Agency during project mission

  • Small canoes on shore of beach

    Photo taken by WWF GEF Agency during project mission

Countries: Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama
Focal area: International Waters
Project status: Closed
GEF Project ID: 5771
Implementing Agency: WWF-US
Executing Agency: Conservation International Permanent Commission for the South Pacific (CPPS); UNESCO-Quito
GEF Project Grant: US$ 1,900,810
Co-financing: US$ 4,516,858
GEF Agency Fee: US$ 171,073

PIF Stage Documents:

CEO Endorsement Documents:

Environmental and Social Safeguards Documents:

Implementation Documents