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Conservation Return on Investments: April 2019 – March 2020

Conservation Return on Investments: April 2019 – March 2020 

In the 2019-2020 fiscal year (FY), we commenced the implementation of a 3-year Conservation Investment Strategy that will see over $10 Million invested by PACT into the Belize National Protected Areas System (BNPAS).
 
In its first year (April 2019-March 2020), PACT invested $2.3 Million, resulting in the following Conservation Returns on Investments. 
 
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Precautionary Measures for Preventing and Slowing the Transmission of COVID-19: GoB Declaration of National State of Emergency

April 1, 2020 — Given the declaration of the National State of Emergency by the Government of Belize, the public is herein informed that the office of the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) will be closed to the public effective 2nd April 2020 until further notice.

During the closure of the office, the public can access PACT as follows:


Unit Type of Query
PACT – info@pactbelize.org All Matters
Accounts – accountingmanager@pactbelize.org Payments and Accounts
Conservation Investment – cimanager@pactbelize.org Conservation investments and initiatives

PACT can also be followed and contacted via its Website www.pactbelize.org and Facebook Page.

The Board, Management and Staff are grateful for your understanding and encourage everyone to exercise the necessary precautions at home and/or work established by the relevant authorities to manage COVID-19.

For official, up-to-date, local information, be sure to visit: https://covid19.bz

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PACT CONCLUDES THREE-DAY GREEN CLIMATE FUND (GCF) TRAINING WORKSHOP

May 23, 2019 — (Placencia, Stann Creek) The Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT), the
Green Climate Fund’s Direct Access Entity for Belize yesterday concluded a three-day Training
Workshop on the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Project Design, financed under a GCF readiness
project implemented through the regional climate change centre. This workshop brought together
key stakeholders from the conservation and natural resource management sector, introducing them
to the GCF, its financing portfolio, investment criteria, and funding procedures. Furthermore, the
sessions supported PACT in further defining its Climate Finance Portfolio and its programme of
work with the GCF.

This workshop not only helped to lay the foundation for climate resilient projects in Belize,
particularly in the context of the GCF, said Nayari Diaz-Perez, Executive Director of PACT, it
also provided a platform for participants to share knowledge and exchange lessons and insight in
preparing and implementing climate change related projects critical to Belize’s development.

The GCF approved the accreditation of PACT at its 21st meeting held in October 2018 in Bahrain,
making PACT the first national GCF Direct Access Entity in Belize. As an accredited entity,PACT’s track record in climate change includes investments approximating BZD $1.5M of its
own funds in several climate-related activities across Belize, in the last five years. Additionally,
PACT is currently assisting the Government in the investment of approximately BZD $47.8M in
in-country projects with climate-related components financed by third-party sources such as the
German Development Bank (KfW), Global Environment Facility (GEF), Forest Carbon
Partnership Facility (FCPF) and the Adaptation Fund.
PACT is able to access and distribute GCF grant resources in Belize to support climate mitigation
or adaptation actions through micro projects of up to USD $10M in the category of minimal to no
environmental and social risk.

PACT’s track record in climate change includes investments approximating BZD $1.5M of its
own funds in several climate-related activities across Belize, in the last five years. Additionally,
PACT is currently assisting the Government in the investment of approximately BZD $47.8M in
in-country projects with climate-related components financed by third-party sources such as the
German Development Bank (KfW), Global Environment Facility (GEF), Forest Carbon
Partnership Facility (FCPF) and the Adaptation Fund.

PACT Scholar Engagement

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PACT SCHOLAR ENGAGEMENT

 

September 20, 2018 A year ago, PACT, through a partnership with the University of Belize, granted a total of $50,000.00 to provide five Bachelor’s Degree scholarships in various programs including Natural Resource Management, Math, Biology and Social Work. In addition to financing their academic programmes, PACT has also implemented a plan to engage our scholars in the work of PACT and the wider conservation sector. By doing so, PACT aims to mould not only academic but also well-rounded, experienced professionals that can support Belize’s sustainable development now and in the future.

 

A part of this engagement plan includes the placement of these scholars as interns among protected areas management organizations and conservation partners. This summer PACT supported two of our scholars, Maria Pech and Monica Coe to complete internships at the Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute and the Ya’axché Conservation Trust, respectively. Furthermore, another scholar Mr. Luwin Tzib is completing a two-month internship here at PACT providing Data Entry and Administrative support.

 

As the Coastal Planning and Monitoring Intern (CPMI) at the CZMAI Maria’s primary responsibility was to develop a project to improve monitoring of the coastal zone in accordance with the Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) Plan. Monica on the other hand was the Botany Intern at Ya’axché, where her primary responsibility was to assist in the re-censusing of two 1-hectare Permanent Sample Plots (PSP) located within the Bladen Nature Reserve. While Luwin is currently providing our Conservation Investment Department with administrative, data entry and tactical communications support.

 

It is our expectation that the skills built and experience gained through these internships will go a long way in building arguable the most valuable resource available to the conservation sector, its human resources. We take this opportunity to congratulate all our PACT-UB scholars on a successful 2017-2018 academic year.

 

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PACT was formally established in January 1996 with the passing of the Protected Areas Conservation Trust Act, No. 15 of 1995, creating the institution as a Statutory Board. PACT contributes to the effective management of Belize’s National Protected Areas System (NPAS) through strategic partnerships and high impact investments. The PACT is managed by a Board of Directors that is comprised of Government agencies, non-government organizations and individual experts.

Contact: 822-3637 | info@pactbelize.org | www.pactbelize.org | www.facebook.com/pactbelize/

PACT Awards 6.7 Million Dollars in Investments to Protected Areas

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PACT Awards 6.7 Million Dollars in Investments to Protected Areas

 

21st December 2018 — (Belize City, Belize) The Protected Areas Conservation Trust, PACT, announced the award of a total of 6.7 Million dollars in targeted conservation investments for Belize’s National Protected Areas System (NPAS). This total investment will be made through 6 local conservation organizations that collectively co-manage 12 protected areas. PACT also announced an additional 3.2 Million dollars in the pipeline which is expected to be committed by March 2019. Collectively, these $9.9 Million dollars will be invested in targeted actions and ecosystems over the next 3 years (2019-2021) carrying with it, the potential to leverage a further $10 Million dollars from other sources.

The six (6) non-governmental organizations that PACT is partnering with for making this investment are:

          Ya’axché Conservation Trust, on behalf of the Bladen Nature Reserve, for a total investment of $1,000,000.00 in the programme entitled “Protection of natural heritage of Bladen Nature Reserve”;

          Friends for Conservation and Development, on behalf of the Chiquibul National Park, for
a total investment of $1,295,726.36 in the programme entitled “Instituting a Landscape Program for the Chiquibul Forest”;

          Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Association, on behalf of the Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve,
for a total investment of $1,045,500.00 in the programme entitled “Enhancing Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Association’s Management of the Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve, Assisting in Securing Belize’s Marine Biodiversity”;

          Toledo Institute for Development and Environment, on behalf of the Port Honduras Marine
Reserve and Payne’s Creek National Park, for a total investment of $1,752,000.00 in the programme entitled “Maintaining the effective and sustainable management of the resources within PHMR and PCNP”;

          Belize Audubon Society, on behalf of the Half Moon Caye Natural Monument, Blue Hole
Natural Monument, Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, Victoria Peak Natural Monument, and St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park, for a total investment of $990,000.00 in the programme entitled “Improving the management of BAS co-managed protected areas”;

          Southern Environmental Association, on behalf of the Laughing Bird Caye National Park
and Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve, for a total investment of $685,820.30 in the programme entitled “Improved protection and conservation of the ecosystems and biodiversity of LBCNP and GSSCMR”

PACT is thankful for the continued partnerships that enable it to improve its work in investing in Belize’s protected areas and looks forward to the success of these investments over the next 3 years.   

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PACT was formally established in January 1996 with the passing of the Protected Areas Conservation Trust Act, No. 15 of 1995, creating the institution as a Statutory Board. PACT contributes to the effective management of Belize’s National Protected Areas System (NPAS) through strategic partnerships and high impact investments. The PACT is managed by a Board of Directors that is comprised of Government agencies, non-government organizations and individual experts.

Contact: 822-3637 | info@pactbelize.org | www.pactbelize.org | www.facebook.com/pactbelize/

Belize Wildlife Referral Clinic

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2018 WILDLIFE AMBASSADOR WORKSHOP

 

November 1, 2018 PACT is pleased to have contributed $5,930.00 towards the “2018 Wildlife Ambassador Workshop” carried out by the Belize Wildlife Referral Clinic (BWRC). The goal of the workshop was to improve wildlife conflict response by providing regulatory agencies and other biodiversity stakeholders with the tools and information needed to help in the reduction of poaching, trafficking and trading of wildlife. This workshop had the participation of about 90 individuals from various institutions including various units of the Police Department; the Customs Department, the Transport Department, BDF, Special Forces, BATSUB, BAHA, Belize Fire Department and the Forest Department. Additionally, various interested persons and protected areas co-management organizations including the Belize Audubon Society (BAS), Ya’axche’ and FCD attended the workshop.

 

This workshop serves as an opportunity for the continuation of the close collaboration between the BWRC, protected area co-management organizations, enforcement and regulatory agencies and other interested parties in exploring the various dimensions of poaching in order to reduce risks and harm. Additionally, through this symposium, the BWRC aimed at establishing a network of community ambassadors comprised of protected areas co-managers and enforcement entities to assist in non-lethal conflict resolution and emergency response to contribute to better management of the National Protected Areas System of Belize.

 

The workshop concluded with a presentation and message delivered by its Guatemalan counterparts (ARCAS Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Association) about the importance of protecting wildlife before illegal trafficking becomes rampant as is the case in neighbouring Central American countries.

 

PACT congratulates the BWRC and all the workshop participants for their efforts towards protecting biodiversity in Belize.

 

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PACT was formally established in January 1996 with the passing of the Protected Areas Conservation Trust Act, No. 15 of 1995, creating the institution as a Statutory Board. PACT contributes to the effective management of Belize’s National Protected Areas System (NPAS) through strategic partnerships and high impact investments. The PACT is managed by a Board of Directors that is comprised of Government agencies, non-government organizations and individual experts.

Contact: 822-3637 | info@pactbelize.org | www.pactbelize.org | www.facebook.com/pactbelize/

PACT RECEIVES ACCREDITATION BY THE GREEN CLIMATE FUND

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PACT RECEIVES ACCREDITATION BY THE GREEN CLIMATE FUND

 

October 25, 2018 (Belmopan, Belize). At its 21st meeting held from 17-20 October 2018 in
Bahrain, the Green Climate Fund approved the accreditation of the Protected Areas Conservation
Trust making PACT the first GCF Direct Access Entity in Belize and the second in the Caribbean.
As an accredited entity to the GCF, PACT will be able to access and distribute GCF grant resources
in Belize to support climate mitigation or adaptation actions through micro projects of up to USD
$10M in the category of minimal to no environmental and social risk. PACT succeeded in its
application for accreditation to the GCF after undergoing a detailed assessment against GCF
standards to assess the strength of its financial management and its capacity to safeguard projects
against environmental and social risks.

 

Hon. Dr. Omar Figueroa, Minister with responsibility for PACT noted that “by being an accredited
entity of the GCF, PACT can help the country to more readily access financing to advance the
implementation of Belize’s National Climate Change Policy & Plan, and contribute to
implementing and scaling-up climate change projects in Belize. Knowledge of successes and
challenges through such financing experience can help us to design interventions that better
increase climate change resiliency.”

 

PACT’s track record in climate change includes investments approximating BZD $1.5M of its
own funds in several climate-related activities across Belize, in the last five years. Additionally,
PACT is currently assisting the Government in the investment of approximately BZD $47.8M in
in-country projects with climate-related components financed by third-party sources such as the
German Development Bank (KfW), Global Environment Facility (GEF), Forest Carbon
Partnership Facility (FCPF) and the Adaptation Fund.

 

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) was established by the 194 countries who are parties to the United
Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2010. The Fund was created
to support developing countries in responding to the challenges of climate change by mitigating
their greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change. Particular attention is given to
Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and African States.
The GCF’s activities are aligned with the priorities of developing countries through the principle
of country ownership, and the Fund has established a direct access modality using a fit-for-purpose
accreditation process, so that national and sub-national organisations can receive funding directly,
rather than only via international intermediaries.

 

This achievement was made possible through a dedicated and concerted effort by the Board,
management and staff of PACT, through its own human and financial resources; a process which
entailed internal prioritization as well as strengthening and creation of frameworks. PACT and the
GCF will now move to the preparation of an Entity Work Plan to kickstart the process of proposal
development. Local partners interested in more information on PACT’s GCF portfolio can contact
the office.

 

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PACT was formally established in January 1996 with the passing of the Protected Areas Conservation Trust Act, No. 15 of 1995, creating the institution as a Statutory Board. PACT contributes to the effective management of Belize’s National Protected Areas System (NPAS) through strategic partnerships and high impact investments. The PACT is managed by a Board of Directors that is comprised of Government agencies, non-government organizations and individual experts.

Contact: 822-3637 | info@pactbelize.org | www.pactbelize.org | www.facebook.com/pactbelize/

Belize Audubon Society Wins Tourism Board Award

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BELIZE AUDUBON SOCIETY WINS TOURISM BOARD AWARD

 

October 22, 2018 Congratulations to the Belize Audubon Society for winning the Belize Tourism Board’s “Tourism Site of the Year” for St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park!
Over the last 5 years alone, PACT has invested $400,000 in this site to support tourism infrastructure and related planning frameworks. You are sure to see the PACT logo around when you visit.
Well done BAS, PACT remains committed to your efforts in development of SHBHNP.

 

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PACT was formally established in January 1996 with the passing of the Protected Areas Conservation Trust Act, No. 15 of 1995, creating the institution as a Statutory Board. PACT contributes to the effective management of Belize’s National Protected Areas System (NPAS) through strategic partnerships and high impact investments. The PACT is managed by a Board of Directors that is comprised of Government agencies, non-government organizations and individual experts.

Contact: 822-3637 | info@pactbelize.org | www.pactbelize.org | www.facebook.com/pactbelize/

Multiple Investment Project Awarded

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MULTIPLE INVESTMENT PROJECT AWARDED

 

October 8, 2018 PACT recently traveled to Punta Gorda Town to close a Multiple Investment Project awarded last year to three partnering organizations, Ya’axché Conservation Trust (Ya’axche’), the Belize Audubon Society (BAS) and the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE), for a total of BZ$399,992.00. The project was entitled “A holistic approach to effective management of the protected areas system in Southern Belize”. This Multiple Investment aimed at improving management effectiveness across three protected areas in southern Belize through capacity building, institutional strengthening, improved enforcement and fire management. These protected areas included the Paynes Creek National Park, Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and the Golden Stream Corridor Preserve.

 

Through this Multiple Investment, BAS, TIDE and Ya’axche’ staff received capacity building training in effective reporting, communications skills, green laws and case filing, and the collection and analysis of SMART enforcement data. As a result, an integrated enforcement protocol and a SMART Technical Training Manual was developed for the organizations and a Data Sharing Agreement was signed by all three organizations. This has contributed to better coordinated and efficient enforcement programs in the three protected areas. Additionally, four joint patrols were carried out along with the Belize Defence Force, the Police Department and the Forest Department, laying the foundation for improved collaborative work with these regulatory agencies.

 

A major threat being faced by all three PAs is escaped fires from unsustainable agriculture. Therefore, this investment also focused on increasing the capacity of staff and members from communities buffering the PCNP, CBWS and GSCP in fire management as well as building local awareness on fire hazards. Technical training carried out focused on fire management regulations, firefighting techniques and managing prescribed burns. A total of 20 persons, including PA staff, regulatory agency staff, and community members, were trained in Basic Fire Management Techniques and will now be able to better manage fires and jointly carry out prescribed burns. An aggressive fire awareness outreach campaign including visits to schools and buffering communities in the Toledo District and presentations on National Radio and TV shows, reaching an audience of over 5,000, was carried out. The execution of these capacity building and awareness initiatives as well as the procurement of necessary fire management equipment has resulted in improved fire management capacity within the PAs.

 

PACT takes this opportunity to congratulate the leading implementer, Ya’axché as well as the other two partnering organizations, BAS and TIDE on the successes of this project.

 

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PACT was formally established in January 1996 with the passing of the Protected Areas Conservation Trust Act, No. 15 of 1995, creating the institution as a Statutory Board. PACT contributes to the effective management of Belize’s National Protected Areas System (NPAS) through strategic partnerships and high impact investments. The PACT is managed by a Board of Directors that is comprised of Government agencies, non-government organizations and individual experts.

Contact: 822-3637 | info@pactbelize.org | www.pactbelize.org | www.facebook.com/pactbelize/