Beneficiary: Friends for Conservation and Development
Funds Awarded: $199,945.80
Project Location: Chiquibul National Park
Summary: The headwaters of the Belize River, which originate from within the Chiquibul are being degraded as a result of ongoing illegal gold panning. The Chiquibul River provides water to roughly 40% of Belize’s population making the conservation and protection of these headwaters very important. Over the course of a year and a half, the overall goal of this project is to promote the conservation of water resources in the Chiquibul Forest through sustained enforcement, ecosystem monitoring and public outreach and awareness. A joint enforcement effort will be maintained by Friends for Conservation and Development, Belize Defence Force and police in two southern conservation posts and a nationwide public outreach campaign will be launched on the importance of the Chiquibul watershed.