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PACT Delivers on Plan to Initiate Institutional Strengthening and NPAS Strategic Plan

PACT DELIVERS ON PLAN TO INITIATE INSTITUTIONAL STRENGTHENING AND NPAS STRATEGIC PLAN

Belmopan City, Belize. (Monday, 23 Jan. 2017) – The Board of Directors of the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) has engaged the services of International Financial Consulting Limited (IFCL), to undertake a consultancy for the development of three products:

1. 2017-2021 National Protected Areas System (NPAS) Strategic Plan,
2. 2017-2021 PACT Strategic Plan; and,
3. 2017 PACT Institutional Assessment.

The PACT Strategic Plan for the period 2017-2021 will be the fourth to be completed since the establishment of the Trust in 1996 whilst the Institutional Assessment will be the Trust’s second. Together, both the resultant strategic plan and institutional assessment report will take on board the expanded functions of PACT under the amended legislation (PACT Act Amendment No. 18 of 2015), and will guide the PACT Board in making informed decisions about the structures, policies and procedures that will be required to take the Trust to the next level.

Equally important is the Five-Year Strategic Plan for the National Protected Areas System (NPAS) of Belize. The NPAS is comprised of 103 protected sites – a total of 28% of Belize’s national territory. To adequately serve the NPAS, a minimum of US $30M is required. This calls for a focused, effective and clear strategic plan that addresses the needs of Belize’s marine and terrestrial protected areas. The PACT Board, through legislation is mandated to oversee the development of this strategic plan. The development of the two strategic plans and the institutional assessment requires comprehensive consultations. Therefore, the IFCL will embark on nationwide consultations that will seek the views of all stakeholders who contribute to the management, sustainable development, financing and promotion of Belize’s protected areas. At the culmination of this exercise, which is scheduled for the first quarter of 2017, PACT will be equipped to operationalize its functions under the new legislation.

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PACT is a statutory board that was formally established in January 1996 with the passing of the Protected Areas Conservation Trust Act, No. 15 of 1995. The functions of PACT are to encourage and promote, for the benefit and enjoyment of the present and future generations of the people of Belize, the provision, protection, conservation and enhancement of the natural and cultural resources of Belize. 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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