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New South Cebada Conservation Post

NEW SOUTH CEBADA CONSERVATION POST FOR THE CHIQUIBUL NATIONAL PARK

 

June 15, 2018 — (Belmopan, BZE) Yesterday, June 14, 2018, the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) along with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration (MAFFESDI), the Ministry of National Security, and the Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) inaugurated a new Conservation Post in the South Cebada area of the Chiquibul National Park. 

Government, NGO and Financing Partners at the Inauguration of the Cebada CP, June 14, 2018  
On hand for the inauguration was a delegation of Ministers, Chief Executive Officers, and Heads of Department led by Hon. Dr. Omar Figueroa, Minister of Environment and Hon. John Saldivar, Minister of National Security. The South Cebada Conservation Post was financed through the Chiquibul Forest Investment Initiative (CFII) at a cost of BZ$115,000. The CFII was launched in 2016 and represents the single largest investment in the protection and conservation of Belize’s biodiversity. 

 
The $2.28 Million being invested by PACT and the Environmental Management Fund is aimed at addressing key threats from illegal land use practices in the Chiquibul Forest by strengthening multi-institutional capacity. The CFII is being implemented by a consortium of partners, namely the FCD, Ya’axché Conservation Trust, the Belize Forest Department, and the Belize Defence Force. The CFII investment focus spans the Chiquibul National Park, Chiquibul Forest Reserve, Vaca Forest Reserve, Columbia River Forest Reserve, Bladen Nature Reserve, and Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve.

The Conservation Post at South Cebada is 20’ x 33’ in size and was designed to accommodate an enforcement team of 12. Its main features include sleeping quarters, outdoor kitchen, hygiene facilities, a water catchment system, a photovoltaic solar power system and a 25’ lookout tower. This is the second Conservation Post financed through the CFII with the Caballo CP built and inaugurated just last year. Hon. Dr. Omar Figueroa, during his address noted that “with the two conservation posts financed through the CFII the number of CPs in the Chiquibul now stands at seven (7).

Cebada Conservation Post, June 14, 2018


Coupled with the enforcement stations in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve and Bladen Nature Reserve, these CPs will form a more robust network of permanent outposts in the Chiquibul Forest geared towards biodiversity protection and security”. While the conservation posts and access roads have added much needed infrastructure in the Chiquibul, the CFII has contributed far more at improving the dialogue and coordination among consortium partners. The Initiative continues to contribute necessary human resources and capacity. From the consortium alone, a total of 34 trained enforcement personnel has been made available to support biodiversity conservation in the Chiquibul along with the BDF and Police. As a direct output, a 43% increase in ranger force translating to at least 50% increase in enforcement efficiency has been realized after just the first year of implementation. PACT would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all consortium members, enforcement teams, and partner agencies for their service to this country through their hard work and their pledge to defend the biodiversity and integrity of these protected areas. Also, we would like to express our gratitude to the FCD, Ministry of Environment, and the Ministry of National Security for key technical and logistical support towards the success of the inauguration ceremony and the wider 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.

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