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Consultancy – Development of a Management Plan Framework for forest reserves in Belize

Management Plan Framework for forest reserves in Belize

Objective:

Develop the Forest Department’s capacity in the effective management of forest reserves through the development and adoption of a management plan framework.

 

Qualifications and experience

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Forestry, Natural Resources Management or related field.

 

Skills and experience:

  • At least 5 years’ experience in formulating sustainable management plans
  • Experience in delivering training courses
  • Knowledge of Belize’s Environmental and Forestry Laws
  • Experience in participatory processes and facilitation of consultation processes
  • Ability to coordinate teams

 

Attitudes:

  • Responsibility and professionalism

 

Others:

  • Good management of information technologies (basic Word package, e-mail)

 

Those interested should present the technical offer and budget proposal that responds to the contents of these Terms of Reference no later than November 20, 2018. The proposal should be addressed to the Project Coordinator, to the Forest Department specialist German Lopez, and to Mrs. Nayari Diaz Perez, Executive Director Protected Areas Conservation Trust,to the following emails: ximena.leiva@iucn.org, sfm.manager@forest.gov.bz and ed@pactbelize.org

For details download full pdf documents below.

Service Contract Award Notice – Supply and Delivery of Truck (KBA)

Contacts Awarded by ICB

Publication Reference: P130474-BZ
Contract Reference No: KBA/SUP/018

Lot Title: SUPPLY AND DELIVERY OF ONE (1) 4X4 DIESEL PICK UP TRUCK

Awarded Bidder Name: Bravo Motors Ltd
Address: 4 ½ miles Western Highway, Belize City
Bid price at bid opening (in evaluation currency): 82,300.00
Evaluated Bid Price (in evaluation currency): 82,300.00
Contract Price (in evaluation currency): BZD68,685.56 (duty & tax exemption)

For details download full pdf documents below.

Consultancy – TECHNICAL EXPERT- Sustainable Forest Management Specialist

TECHNICAL EXPERT- Sustainable Forest Management Specialist

Grant No: P130474

The Government of Belize with the assistance of the World Bank is implementing the project entitled “Management and Protection of Key Biodiversity Areas in Belize (KBA)” with Grant funding from the Global Environment Facility “GEF” and has appointed the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry the Environment and Sustainable Development (MAFFESD) for the overall implementation of the Project with the fiduciary support provided by the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT).  

KBA and PACT now invite individual consultants interested in undertaking the assignment to submit their Statements of Capability. In submitting their Statements of Capability, applicants should be aware that they will be assessed based on the following areas:

(a) Qualifications
(b) Experience of the individual relative to the particular assignment, and
(c) Availability of Candidate for the proposed consultancy period.

KBA and PACT are seeking to recruit an Individual Consultant with the critical minimum requirements listed below:

  • Possess a Master’s Degree in Forestry or Natural Resource Management related field and a minimum of 2 years demonstrated work experience in sustainable forestry management and/or community based forest management; or
  • Possess a relevant Bachelor’s Degree with 5 years experience would be considered in lieu of Master’s Degree.
  • Working knowledge of internationally funded project management, and a sound understanding of World Bank policies and procedures;
  • Specialist knowledge of forest restoration measures, fire management and climate change adaptation in the forestry sector;
  • Working knowledge of the organizations involved in forest and natural resource management in Belize;
  • Familiarity with the local Belize terrestrial environment, ecosystems, cultures, people would be beneficial;
  • Must be fluent in written and spoken English and working knowledge of Spanish and/or Maya desirable;

 

The consultancy is expected to be for a period of eleven (11) months commencing in October 2018.

The detailed terms of reference for the consultancy can be request from procurementofficer@pactbelize.org.

Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, mail, fax or e-mail) by 4:00 p.m. (local Belize time) on Wednesday 19th September 2018 to:

Procurement Officer, KBA
Protected Areas Conservation Trust
3 Mango Street
Belmopan
Tel: 822-3637
procurementofficer@pactbelize.org

The sealed envelope containing the Expression of Interest must include the name and address of the applicant and should be clearly marked:
Statement of Capability: “Sustainable Forest Management Specialist”

PACT shall not be bound to defray any costs incurred by applicants in preparing and submitting statements of capability.

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CLOSED! Vacancy: KBA Compliance Enforcement and Investigation Team Leader

Key Biodiversity Areas Project Seeks Individual Consultant to function as the Compliance Enforcement and Investigation Team Leader

DEADLINE: 4 p.m. July 27

KBA and PACT is seeking to recruit an Individual Consultant with the critical minimum requirements
listed below:

 Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Management or other related management subject;
 At minimum three years relevant experience in criminology or enforcement;
 Experience in developing and implementing management plans;
 Leadership experience;
 Good knowledge of Belize’s landscape and wildlife;
 Ability to communicate in Spanish language will be asset;

For more information on how to apply, click on the image below to download full pdf document.

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CLOSED! Vacancy: KBA Compliance Management Unit Coordinator

Key Biodiversity Areas Project Seeks Individual Consultant to function as the Compliance Management Unit Coordinator

DEADLINE: 4 p.m. July 27

KBA and PACT is seeking to recruit an Individual Consultant with the critical minimum requirements
listed below:

 Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Management or other related management subject;
 At minimum five years relevant experience in criminology or enforcement;
 Experience in developing and implementing management plans;
 Leadership experience;
 Good knowledge of Belize’s landscape and wildlife;
 Ability to communicate in Spanish language will be asset;

For more information on how to apply, click on the image below to download full pdf document.

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CLOSED! Vacancy: KBA Compliance Unit Officer

Key Biodiversity Areas Project Seeks Individual Consultant to function as the Project’s Compliance Unit Officer

DEADLINE: 4 p.m. July 27.

KBA and PACT is seeking to recruit an Individual Consultant with the critical minimum requirements
listed below:

 Minimum High School Diploma
 At minimum two years relevant experience in enforcement;
 Competent in using MS Excel, Ms Word, Emails, GPS and Compass;
 Good knowledge of Belize’s landscape and wildlife;
 Ability to communicate in Spanish language will be an asset;

For more information on how to apply, click on the image below to download full pdf document.

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CLOSED! Key Biodiversity Areas Consultancy – Development of Web-based Information Management System

Key Biodiversity Areas Project Seeks Development of a Web-based Information Management System

KBA invites eligible consulting firms Consultants” to indicate their interest in providing the services. Interested consultants must provide information indicating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the services.

Firms seeking clarification to the Request for Expressions of Interest should send an email to andrea@pactbelize.org. Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, or by mail, or by fax, or by e-mail) by Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

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BZ $1.1 Million to Protected Areas Managers

PACT REVEALS TWO NEW CATEGORIES OF FUNDING AND AWARDS BZ 1.1 MILLION TO PROTECTED AREAS MANAGERS

Belize City, Belize. (Monday, 27 March. 2017) –Today the Trust held its Annual Investment Award Ceremony, handing over 1.1 million dollars under two new categories of funding – the single and multiple investment categories. Speaking to the progress made since last year’s Award Ceremony, Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration, Dr. Omar Figueroa informed that the new investment categories of funding “signals the shift in the way in which PACT [supports] proposals geared towards institutional and governance strengthening, financial sustainability and resource mobilization; and protected areas management plans”.

The Ceremony also saw the new CEO and PACT Board Chair, Dr. Percival Cho – engage stakeholders echoing Hon. Minister Omar Figueroa’s optimism that PACT will continue to grow to meet the challenges of financing protected areas. Speaking specifically to the new investment categories of funding, Dr. Cho remarked that “the new investment angle complements the equally new opportunity for PACT to fund up to twenty percent of an organization’s budgeted staffing and office costs related to carrying out a project…thereby allowing [CBOs and NGOs] to invest a greater portion of their energies in fundraising initiatives to advance their work on the ground”.

This year PACT awarded a total of five grants under its ‘single’ and ‘multiple’ categories. The ‘Single’ category carries a maximum funding envelope of BZ $100,000. This year, three single grants were awarded to the Sarteneja Alliance for Conservation and Development (SACD), Southern Environmental Association (SEA) and Programme for Belize. The ‘Multiple’ category awards funding to multiple recipients under one, singular project area with a funding envelope of BZ $400,000; recipients under this category are the Association of Protected Areas Management Organizations (APAMO) and Ya’axche Conservation Trust, alongside the Belize Audubon Society (BAS) and the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE).

The shift in this year’s investment cycle reflects a move towards a holistic and collaborative approach to protected areas management. The Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) extends its warmest well wishes to all the investment award recipients and wishes them every success in the execution of their projects!

PACT Project Funds used Towards the Creation of New Nature Centre

PACT Project Funds used Towards the Creation of New Nature Center

Belmopan City, Belize. (Wednesday, 8 Feb. 2017) – Saint Herman’s Blue Hole National Park (SHBHNP) just got an upgrade. Today, the Trust was on hand as the Belize Audubon Society (BAS)unveiled its new nature center at the national park. Delivering the keynote address was Dr. Omar Figueroa – Minister of the State in the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration. “This national park, while relatively small in size, is an important component of the larger network of protected areas. It is important ecologically, and it is important socially.” Dr. Figueroa also applauded the Belize Audubon Society for mobilizing and engaging the buffer communities of Ringtail, Armenia and St. Margaret over the course of the project.

Saint Herman’s was declared a national park in December 1986. It is co-managed by the Belize Audubon Society and the Government of Belize. It is one of 18 national parks within the National Protected Areas System (NPAS). The area of the reserve is roughly 575 acres and is a popular spot for picnicking, cave exploration, swimming and bird-watching. Saint Herman’s Blue Hole National Park gets its name from a clear deep pool which is a stunning, sapphire blue.

During the 2014 grants cycle, the Board of Directors of the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) approved the following proposal put forward by BAS: to ‘enhance St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park’ through new infrastructure, mapping of the area that forms the National Park as well as the creation of a 5 year management plan. A total of BZ $204,998.75 was approved for the expansion and renovation of the swimming platform and to replace the railing near the swimming areas as well as to create new restroom facilities at both park entrances. Funds were needed to complete and furnish the Nature Center with displays and signs and so in 2016 a large grant for a total of BZ $419,936.74 was approved for the Belize Audubon Society to provide for the long term sustainability across three renowned conservation areas in Belize – one of which is Saint Herman’s. This project will focus on creating financial sustainability through the provision of a gift shop and ticket booth among other objectives.

When It Rains it Floods: The Need for Wetlands

When It Rains it Floods: The Need for Wetlands

It’s World Wetlands Day, and forty-six years to the day that the Ramsar Convention for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands was signed. The Ramsar Convention is an international treaty. Every year, on 2 February, World Wetlands Day is celebrated to raise awareness of the value of wetlands to us and our natural environment. In recent years, the quality of wetland areas have been steadily declining. The benefits of maintaining healthy wetland areas are innumerable, and range from providing a source of food, freshwater supply, building materials and climate change mitigation among others.

To date there are 2,231 Ramsar Sites across the globe. The criteria for establishing wetlands of international importance focuses on sites that are either rare or unique. Within the National Protected Areas System (NPAS) of Belize, there are two protected areas that fit this criteria. In 1998, the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary was officially designated a Ramsar Site, with Sarstoon Temash National Park achieving this status in 2005.

Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary (1984)

The Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1984 and is replete with evidence of Belize’s colourful biodiversity. This site is the home of a variety of local and migratory birds for which bird watching is a popular activity for locals and tourists alike. Birds are nature’s little nomads; they travel across the breadth of Belize, similarly soaring through the Petén region of Guatemala and Southern Mexico. All converge at the sanctuary which serves as an important breeding hub. In total, 276 bird species have been spotted at Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, of which is Jabiru is perhaps the most notable.

Wetlands help to minimize the effects of storm damage and flooding. When the Belize River is flooded, this reserve acts as an overflow basin.

FACT: Crooked Tree was first settled in 1750 by the British and became an important site for the extraction of logwood. From logwood, a total of seven different dyes were produced for export to Europe. Crooked Tree is likely the earliest inland European settlement in Belize.

Sarstoon Temash National Park (1994)

Sarstoon Temash was formally designated in May, 1994 as a National Park. In total, the park stretches across over 41,000 acres. This makes it one of the largest national parks in the country of Belize. Sarstoon Temash is a diverse wetland complex. In it, lies a highly developed riverine mangrove system. Sarstoon Temash is in part managed by the indigenous communities of Southern Belize making it an example of protecting both environmental and cultural diversity.

As for its biodiversity, a total of 386 plant species have been identified within the National Park – many of which are not to be found elsewhere. Similarly, 42 fish species have been identified, 25 or which are marine as well as 226 bird species including the Montezuma Oropendula, the Great Kiskadee, and the Black-headed Trogon.

FACT: In 1989, Sarstoon Temash was found to have the highest populations of Black Howler Monkeys in Belize. One year later, visiting researcher Dora Meyer reported hearing the distinctive call of its relative, the Mantled Howler Monkey. Efforts to locate the Mantled Howler within the reserve however, did not materialize.