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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 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/

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/