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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/

Logical Framework Training

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LFA TRAINING

 

September 28, 2018 Earlier this week, PACT was in San Ignacio town hosting a two-day training workshop on the applications of the Logical Framework Approach in Project/Programme development. The workshop was attended by 18 participants representing 11 protected areas management organizations. Collectively, these organizations manage or co-manage 20 of the 22 protected areas identified in PACT’s Conservation Investment Strategy as priority areas for investments between 2019 and 2021. In accordance with this strategy, these organizations will pursue an investment partnership with PACT for the development and implementation of Targeted Investments to support long-term management and development of these protected areas. The facilitation of this important training is an illustration of PACT’s equal interest and commitment to the fruition of these investment partnerships.
PACT congratulates all participants on the successful completion of this workshop and looks forward to their further engagement in the implementation of the PACT Conservation Investment Strategy 2019-2021. We also thank Sayyan Consulting for assisting us with this initiative.

 

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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/

International Volunteer

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INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER

 

September 24, 2018 In June 2018 PACT welcomed Mr. Joan Hopmann, an international volunteer from Spain, to Belize. Between June and September he was volunteering with the Steadfast Tourism And Conservation Association (STACA), co-manager of the Billy Barquedier National Park (BBNP). His work there involved supporting the Community-Based Organization in its various programmatic work. This experience took Joan from working at the STACA office, to the local classrooms engaging local children, to deep in the BBNP supporting research and PA management tasks. In particular, Joan noted his pride in being a part of the team undertaking the rehabilitation of the Tiger Trail Observation Tower and highlighted the physically demanding nature of the task and terrain. At the end of his volunteer work, PACT was on hand to present Joan with a small token commemorating his achievement and contribution to STACA and the BBNP.

 

We take this opportunity to invite local and international volunteers interested in contributing to Belize’s National Protected Areas System to get in contact with us. We would be happy to facilitate such opportunities with our local PA management organizations.

 

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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/

Secondary Investment Award

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SECONDARY INVESTMENT AWARD

 

September 20, 2018 PACT is proud to announce the award of two new Secondary Investments, totalling BZ$11,065.00, made thus far for the month of September. Through its Secondary Investment funding window, and in accordance with its Conservation Investment Strategy, PACT intends to invest in initiatives, programmes or activities that create an enabling environment for the advancement of the National Protected Areas System and Biodiversity Protection in Belize.

 

The first investment was awarded to the Belize Fisheries Department for the participation of technical personnel in a Fishery Resource Evaluation Survey organized for Central America by OSPESCA, FAO and INAPEPSCA. The entire survey will occur from September to December 2018; however, the research vessel is expected to be in Belizean waters between September 19-26th. This initiative will expose the Fisheries Department personnel to research methodologies used to determine the distribution and abundance of fishery resources in the region. The technical skills and knowledge built from this investment will provide invaluable support towards the sustainable management of Belize’s fishery resources.

 

The second investment was granted for the project “Spatial Ecology and Conservation of Baird’s Tapir in Central Belize”, spearheaded by the Foundation for Wildlife Conservation Belize. The aim of this project is to assess the movement patterns, habitat preference and size of the Baird’s Tapir home range within the Central Belize Biological Corridor. For its part, PACT invested in the procurement of GPS collars to collect spatial data that will support sound decision-making for the protection of these mammals and their habitat.

 

PACT takes this opportunity to congratulate our conservation investment recipients and thank them for their contribution to national conservation efforts.

 

For more information on eligibility and the application process for Secondary Investments please contact us.

 

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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/

SEA Single Investment

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SEA Single Investment

 

August 7, 2018 PACT recently traveled to the Placencia Peninsula to catch up with the Southern Environmental Association who are implementing a PACT Single Investment Project entitled “Improving the management of Laughing Bird Caye National Park and the financial stability of SEA”. The Investment, valued at BZ$65,726.00, commenced in March 2017 and is expected to culminate in September 2018. As its title indicates, the project aimed at strengthening SEA’s financial stability via improved management, infrastructure, building human resource capacity and expanding the potential for resource mobilization.
 

During the visit, PACT accompanied by the SEA Executive Director and other personnel, traveled to the Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve, Little Water Caye and the Laughing Bird Caye National Park. Through this project, SEA targeted the execution of two financial mechanisms from its existing business plan to improve its financial stability. On Laughing Bird Caye, project funds were used to establish an electronic point of sale system that now enables visitors to use credit cards as a payment option at the LBCNP gift shop. Furthermore, the LBCNP gift shop has also been restocked twice; a good indication of the rate at which the gift shop’s inventory is turning over. From these mechanisms, SEA have already met and are on course to surpass the revenue target of 10% of the annual protected areas budget.
 

To complement this, SEA has also made considerable investment in building the capacity of 15 staff members. Through this project, Small Business Management (Entrepreneurship), Inventory Management, Customer Service and Tour Guide training were completed by SEA staff and directly applied to the management of the LBCNP Gift shop and other operations within the areas managed by SEA.
Furthermore, the Ranger Station at Little Water Caye has been fully refurbished through this project. While the facility was initially constructed as a conservation post for SEA’s enforcement team, the facility’s housing capacity and amenities have been expanded to comfortably accommodate 15 persons. This has improved SEA’s ability to attract universities, researchers and groups interested in visiting or working in the adjacent protected areas. Following refurbishment, SEA has recorded a marked increase in revenue from accommodations at the ranger station.
 

Lastly, the PACT Single Investment Project financed the development of a Resource Mobilization Strategy for SEA. This strategy will support SEA in its strategic fundraising ventures and will guide the SEA BOD, Management and Staff on capacity enhancement and institutional growth.
 

PACT takes this opportunity to congratulate the Southern Environmental Association on the many successes of this project. We also thank the SEA BOD and Staff for their dedication, engagement and prudent management of this PACT investment.

 

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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/