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Consultancy – Development of a Management Plan Framework for Forest Reserves in Belize

Management Plan Framework for forest reserves in Belize

Sub activity 1.3.1: To strengthen the effective management of resources in the protected areas
RESPONSIBLE: German Lopez, Forest Officer – Belize Forest Department/ National Coordinator – IUCN/FD

Background and Justification:
 
Selva Maya is a strategic block of important natural ecosystems. It is the second largest tropical forest of America, after the Amazon rainforest. It possesses an extraordinary diversity of endemic and endangered species, as well as important sites of historical and cultural heritage. Located between Belize, Guatemala and the southeast of Mexico, covers 42,300 square kilometers in a corridor of protected natural areas in which different categories of management converge. In some cases, these areas are separated by international boundaries but united by conservation and sustainable management efforts by governments, civil society and cooperation agencies, among other relevant actors.
 
The interest in protecting Selva Maya is reflected in the laws and initiatives of the three countries. For protected areas to have the desired effect, it is necessary to strengthen the capacity of institutions, their representatives and implementers at the local level and the communities in the region. In addition, it is necessary to handle the pressure that comes from increasing population, migration and unsustainable land use.
 
In this regard, on October 10th of 2010, the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Central American Commission for Environment and Development (CCAD, for its acronym in Spanish) celebrated the Financial Cooperation Contribution Contract. In 2014, the Governments of Belize, Guatemala and Mexico, together with KfW, during the XLII Special Meeting of CCAD, elected the Regional Office for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean (ORMACC, for its acronym in Spanish) of IUCN as the organization responsible for financial implementation and technical support of the Project ” Selva Maya Natural Resources Protection Project, SMP”, whose objective is to maintain the ecosystemic functions and cultural values of the Selva Maya that promotes the well-being of its people and offers environmental services of global importance.
 
The area of intervention is focused on Selva Maya protected areas of Mexico, Guatemala and Belize and the implementation of the project will be coordinated and co-executed by the protected areas entities of each country:

  • In Belize, by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development (MAFFESD);
  • In Mexico, the National Commission of Protected Natural Areas (CONANP, as per the Spanish acronym) will be the leading entity, in particular the Yucatan Peninsula and the Mexican Caribbean directorate;
  • In Guatemala, it is the National Council of Protected Areas (CONAP, as per the Spanish acronym) through its Regional Office in Petén.

 

 

Basic Concepts:

The SMP aims to improve the management effectiveness of the Selva Maya Protected Areas, its connectivity, and strengthen coordination capacity between Belize, Guatemala and Mexico for conservation and sustainable management actions of the Selva Maya.
 
Protected areas prioritized for the project implementation in Belize
 
Areas of work are grouped into 2 blocks and a private protected area:
 

  • Block 1: Caracol Archaeological Reserve, Chiquibul National Park, Chiquibul Forest Reserve, Vaca Forest Reserve;
  • Block 2: Columbia River Forest Reserve, Sarstoon Temash National Park;
  • Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, Noj Kaax Meen Elijio Panti National Park, Rio Bravo Conservation and management Area (CMA)

 
 1. Objective of the consultancy:

General

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

Specific

  • Review the existing management plan frameworks of other countries and provide advice on the formulation of management plans specific to Belize´s Forest Reserve need
  • Develop the Management Plan Framework and validate it with the main stakeholders involved in the sustainable management of forest reserves
  • Strengthen capacities of Forest Department personnel in the review, data collection and analysis of management plans.

2. Deliverables

The Consultant will deliver the following products

Product 1 – Inception Report

  • Literature review
  • Identify key stakeholders and roles
  • Present a draft structure of the management plan framework to the Forest Department (FD) and IUCN for its approval before stakeholders consultation
  • Develop a consultation meeting with key stakeholders to express concerns or approval on the approach of the consultant in the formulation of the management plan framework.
  • Report of each meeting including face-to-face and distance sessions.
  • Digital memory of each session: attendance lists, photographs in JPG format from 720p to 1080p (with copy rights and uses).

Product 2 – Final Management Plan Framework

Based on the inception report and consultation process with main stakeholders, the draft management plan framework must be developed including the following:

  • Review existing checklist for management plans
  • Draft new checklist
  • Standardized review and approval process (score cards, outline of standards/ criteria to be met (with thresholds)).
  • Draft management plan framework

The draft management plan framework must be submitted to the Forest Department for comments.

Once all comment are integrated, the management plan framework must be validated by the FD and stakeholders.

For final approval, a tracking sheet must be included within the final management plan framework showing that the last comments received in the validation workshop have been incorporated.

Product 3 – Forest Department personnel training report

Training proposal must be developed and validated by the FD and IUCN. It must include:

    • Training strategy: general objective, specific objectives, content and expected learning results.
    • The topics to include in the training sessions are:
      • Data Collection
      • Data cleansing and validation
      • Data Analysis and Interpretation
      • Presentation of results
      • Standards to be met for Management Plans
      • Review process of Management Plans (submission, review and approval)
    • Once the training proposal is approved by the FD and IUCN, a schedule of trainings must be presented and coordinated with the FD and the National Project Coordinator.
    • Training Report: summary of results, attendance lists, photographs in JPEG format from 720p to 1080p (with copy rights and uses).

 

Product 5 – Final Report
The final report should encompass the methodology undertaken for the completion of this consultancy. Attach the generated products, all pictures and meeting reports as annexes.
 
The final report should be presented using the following format:

  • Arial 11
  • Page numbers on the bottom right hand corner of the page
  • Consultancy’s name at the header,
  • Name and position (component developed) of the consultants or list the names and positions of the consultants that participated in the consultancy
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    Products from the consultancy, will be submitted in the following manner: two hard copies and one digital copies (in MS Word version) on USB according to the dates and payment conditions indicated below.
     
    If in any report submitted by the Consultant, reference is made to third party documents, reports, studies, articles or chapters of books, manuals or handbooks, these sources have to be clearly disclosed in footnotes (minimum: title, author, year, institution) and where applicable, a full list of references has to be included in the report. In general, intellectual property of third parties has to be respected and treated accordingly.
     

    Period of the consultancy
    Duration: 4 months
    Start / End Date: March 1st 2019- July 1st 2019.
    Location: Belmopan, Belize
    Supervisor: German Lopez – Forest Officer and Juanita Garcia-Saqui – National Liaison Officer of the KfW-IUCN Project in Belize

    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 February 16th, 2019. The proposal should be addressed to the National Liaison Officer Juanita Garcia-Saqui at selvamaya@forest.gov.bz and German Lopez at sfm.manager@forest.gov.bz

    For details download full pdf documents below.

    PACT Scholar Engagement

    PRESS RELEASE

    PACT SCHOLAR ENGAGEMENT

     

    September 20, 2018 A year ago, PACT, through a partnership with the University of Belize, granted a total of $50,000.00 to provide five Bachelor’s Degree scholarships in various programs including Natural Resource Management, Math, Biology and Social Work. In addition to financing their academic programmes, PACT has also implemented a plan to engage our scholars in the work of PACT and the wider conservation sector. By doing so, PACT aims to mould not only academic but also well-rounded, experienced professionals that can support Belize’s sustainable development now and in the future.

     

    A part of this engagement plan includes the placement of these scholars as interns among protected areas management organizations and conservation partners. This summer PACT supported two of our scholars, Maria Pech and Monica Coe to complete internships at the Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute and the Ya’axché Conservation Trust, respectively. Furthermore, another scholar Mr. Luwin Tzib is completing a two-month internship here at PACT providing Data Entry and Administrative support.

     

    As the Coastal Planning and Monitoring Intern (CPMI) at the CZMAI Maria’s primary responsibility was to develop a project to improve monitoring of the coastal zone in accordance with the Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) Plan. Monica on the other hand was the Botany Intern at Ya’axché, where her primary responsibility was to assist in the re-censusing of two 1-hectare Permanent Sample Plots (PSP) located within the Bladen Nature Reserve. While Luwin is currently providing our Conservation Investment Department with administrative, data entry and tactical communications support.

     

    It is our expectation that the skills built and experience gained through these internships will go a long way in building arguable the most valuable resource available to the conservation sector, its human resources. We take this opportunity to congratulate all our PACT-UB scholars on a successful 2017-2018 academic year.

     

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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/

    Contract Award Notice – Sub-Project Activities Related to Seaweed – Belize Conservation and Climate Adaptation Project

    Service Contact Award Notice

    Publication Reference: P131408-BZ/CS-50

    Scope of Contract: CONSULTANCY TO SUPPORT SUB-PROJECT ACTIVITIES RELATED TO SEAWEED FARMING FOR THE MARINE CONSERVATION AND CLIMATE ADAPTATION PROJECT TARGETED COMMUNITIES

    Duration of Contract: 12 Month(s)

    Evaluation Currency: Belize Dollars

    Awarded Firm/Individual:
    THE NATURE CONSERVANCY
    14A Garden City Plaza, Belmopan, Cayo District Belize
    Country: Belize

    Price:
    Currency: Belize Dollars
    Amount: 465,340.00

    For details download full pdf documents below.

    Contract Award Notice – Supply and Delivery of Equipment – Belize Conservation and Climate Adaptation Project

    Service Contact Award Notice

    Publication Reference: P131408-BZ/G-28 – MCCAP/SUP/029

    Scope of Contract: SUPPLY AND DELIVERY OF EQUIPMENT

    Duration of Contract: 60 days

    Evaluation Currency: Belize Dollars

    Awarded Bidder:
    Name: Fultec Systems
    Address: 831 Coney Drive
    Bid price at bid opening (in evaluation currency): BZD 4,509.72
    Evaluated Bid Price (in evaluation currency): BZD 4,509.72

    Evaluated Bidder(s)

    Name: Business Computer Systems
    Address: Mile 10 Phillip Goldson Highway
    Bid price at bid opening (in evaluation currency): 4,811.05
    Evaluated Bid Price (in evaluation currency): 4,811.05
    Reason(s) for not being the awarded bidder: – not the lowest evaluated bidder

    Name: Sigertronics System
    Address: 6 Pickstock Street, Belize City
    Bid price at bid opening (in evaluation currency): 5,780.63
    Evaluated Bid Price (in evaluation currency): 5,780.63
    Reason(s) for not being the awarded bidder: – not the lowest evaluated bidder

    For details download full pdf documents below.

    Belize Wildlife Referral Clinic

    PRESS RELEASE

    2018 WILDLIFE AMBASSADOR WORKSHOP

     

    November 1, 2018 PACT is pleased to have contributed $5,930.00 towards the “2018 Wildlife Ambassador Workshop” carried out by the Belize Wildlife Referral Clinic (BWRC). The goal of the workshop was to improve wildlife conflict response by providing regulatory agencies and other biodiversity stakeholders with the tools and information needed to help in the reduction of poaching, trafficking and trading of wildlife. This workshop had the participation of about 90 individuals from various institutions including various units of the Police Department; the Customs Department, the Transport Department, BDF, Special Forces, BATSUB, BAHA, Belize Fire Department and the Forest Department. Additionally, various interested persons and protected areas co-management organizations including the Belize Audubon Society (BAS), Ya’axche’ and FCD attended the workshop.

     

    This workshop serves as an opportunity for the continuation of the close collaboration between the BWRC, protected area co-management organizations, enforcement and regulatory agencies and other interested parties in exploring the various dimensions of poaching in order to reduce risks and harm. Additionally, through this symposium, the BWRC aimed at establishing a network of community ambassadors comprised of protected areas co-managers and enforcement entities to assist in non-lethal conflict resolution and emergency response to contribute to better management of the National Protected Areas System of Belize.

     

    The workshop concluded with a presentation and message delivered by its Guatemalan counterparts (ARCAS Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Association) about the importance of protecting wildlife before illegal trafficking becomes rampant as is the case in neighbouring Central American countries.

     

    PACT congratulates the BWRC and all the workshop participants for their efforts towards protecting biodiversity in Belize.

     

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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/

    PACT RECEIVES ACCREDITATION BY THE GREEN CLIMATE FUND

    PRESS RELEASE

    PACT RECEIVES ACCREDITATION BY THE GREEN CLIMATE FUND

     

    October 25, 2018 (Belmopan, Belize). At its 21st meeting held from 17-20 October 2018 in
    Bahrain, the Green Climate Fund approved the accreditation of the Protected Areas Conservation
    Trust making PACT the first GCF Direct Access Entity in Belize and the second in the Caribbean.
    As an accredited entity to the GCF, PACT will be able to access and distribute GCF grant resources
    in Belize to support climate mitigation or adaptation actions through micro projects of up to USD
    $10M in the category of minimal to no environmental and social risk. PACT succeeded in its
    application for accreditation to the GCF after undergoing a detailed assessment against GCF
    standards to assess the strength of its financial management and its capacity to safeguard projects
    against environmental and social risks.

     

    Hon. Dr. Omar Figueroa, Minister with responsibility for PACT noted that “by being an accredited
    entity of the GCF, PACT can help the country to more readily access financing to advance the
    implementation of Belize’s National Climate Change Policy & Plan, and contribute to
    implementing and scaling-up climate change projects in Belize. Knowledge of successes and
    challenges through such financing experience can help us to design interventions that better
    increase climate change resiliency.”

     

    PACT’s track record in climate change includes investments approximating BZD $1.5M of its
    own funds in several climate-related activities across Belize, in the last five years. Additionally,
    PACT is currently assisting the Government in the investment of approximately BZD $47.8M in
    in-country projects with climate-related components financed by third-party sources such as the
    German Development Bank (KfW), Global Environment Facility (GEF), Forest Carbon
    Partnership Facility (FCPF) and the Adaptation Fund.

     

    The Green Climate Fund (GCF) was established by the 194 countries who are parties to the United
    Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2010. The Fund was created
    to support developing countries in responding to the challenges of climate change by mitigating
    their greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change. Particular attention is given to
    Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and African States.
    The GCF’s activities are aligned with the priorities of developing countries through the principle
    of country ownership, and the Fund has established a direct access modality using a fit-for-purpose
    accreditation process, so that national and sub-national organisations can receive funding directly,
    rather than only via international intermediaries.

     

    This achievement was made possible through a dedicated and concerted effort by the Board,
    management and staff of PACT, through its own human and financial resources; a process which
    entailed internal prioritization as well as strengthening and creation of frameworks. PACT and the
    GCF will now move to the preparation of an Entity Work Plan to kickstart the process of proposal
    development. Local partners interested in more information on PACT’s GCF portfolio can contact
    the office.

     

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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/

    Multiple Investment Project Awarded

    PRESS RELEASE

    MULTIPLE INVESTMENT PROJECT AWARDED

     

    October 8, 2018 PACT recently traveled to Punta Gorda Town to close a Multiple Investment Project awarded last year to three partnering organizations, Ya’axché Conservation Trust (Ya’axche’), the Belize Audubon Society (BAS) and the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE), for a total of BZ$399,992.00. The project was entitled “A holistic approach to effective management of the protected areas system in Southern Belize”. This Multiple Investment aimed at improving management effectiveness across three protected areas in southern Belize through capacity building, institutional strengthening, improved enforcement and fire management. These protected areas included the Paynes Creek National Park, Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and the Golden Stream Corridor Preserve.

     

    Through this Multiple Investment, BAS, TIDE and Ya’axche’ staff received capacity building training in effective reporting, communications skills, green laws and case filing, and the collection and analysis of SMART enforcement data. As a result, an integrated enforcement protocol and a SMART Technical Training Manual was developed for the organizations and a Data Sharing Agreement was signed by all three organizations. This has contributed to better coordinated and efficient enforcement programs in the three protected areas. Additionally, four joint patrols were carried out along with the Belize Defence Force, the Police Department and the Forest Department, laying the foundation for improved collaborative work with these regulatory agencies.

     

    A major threat being faced by all three PAs is escaped fires from unsustainable agriculture. Therefore, this investment also focused on increasing the capacity of staff and members from communities buffering the PCNP, CBWS and GSCP in fire management as well as building local awareness on fire hazards. Technical training carried out focused on fire management regulations, firefighting techniques and managing prescribed burns. A total of 20 persons, including PA staff, regulatory agency staff, and community members, were trained in Basic Fire Management Techniques and will now be able to better manage fires and jointly carry out prescribed burns. An aggressive fire awareness outreach campaign including visits to schools and buffering communities in the Toledo District and presentations on National Radio and TV shows, reaching an audience of over 5,000, was carried out. The execution of these capacity building and awareness initiatives as well as the procurement of necessary fire management equipment has resulted in improved fire management capacity within the PAs.

     

    PACT takes this opportunity to congratulate the leading implementer, Ya’axché as well as the other two partnering organizations, BAS and TIDE on the successes of this project.

     

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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/

    Logical Framework Training

    PRESS RELEASE

    LFA TRAINING

     

    September 28, 2018 Earlier this week, PACT was in San Ignacio town hosting a two-day training workshop on the applications of the Logical Framework Approach in Project/Programme development. The workshop was attended by 18 participants representing 11 protected areas management organizations. Collectively, these organizations manage or co-manage 20 of the 22 protected areas identified in PACT’s Conservation Investment Strategy as priority areas for investments between 2019 and 2021. In accordance with this strategy, these organizations will pursue an investment partnership with PACT for the development and implementation of Targeted Investments to support long-term management and development of these protected areas. The facilitation of this important training is an illustration of PACT’s equal interest and commitment to the fruition of these investment partnerships.
    PACT congratulates all participants on the successful completion of this workshop and looks forward to their further engagement in the implementation of the PACT Conservation Investment Strategy 2019-2021. We also thank Sayyan Consulting for assisting us with this 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.

    Contact: 822-3637 | info@pactbelize.org | www.pactbelize.org | www.facebook.com/pactbelize/

    International Volunteer

    PRESS RELEASE

    INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER

     

    September 24, 2018 In June 2018 PACT welcomed Mr. Joan Hopmann, an international volunteer from Spain, to Belize. Between June and September he was volunteering with the Steadfast Tourism And Conservation Association (STACA), co-manager of the Billy Barquedier National Park (BBNP). His work there involved supporting the Community-Based Organization in its various programmatic work. This experience took Joan from working at the STACA office, to the local classrooms engaging local children, to deep in the BBNP supporting research and PA management tasks. In particular, Joan noted his pride in being a part of the team undertaking the rehabilitation of the Tiger Trail Observation Tower and highlighted the physically demanding nature of the task and terrain. At the end of his volunteer work, PACT was on hand to present Joan with a small token commemorating his achievement and contribution to STACA and the BBNP.

     

    We take this opportunity to invite local and international volunteers interested in contributing to Belize’s National Protected Areas System to get in contact with us. We would be happy to facilitate such opportunities with our local PA management organizations.

     

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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/

    Call For Proposals 2018 – Belize Nature Conservation Foundation

    2018 Call for Proposals

    The BNCF is now accepting project applications for its 2018 grants cycle.

    Projects which fit the following three priority areas for funding will be considered:

    1. General park management – protection, environmental education and equipment;
    2.  Training; and,
    3.  Research.

    Other project activities that are eligible for funding is listed in the attached document.

    Maximum Grant: BZ$38,000.00 for one year
    Past recipients may apply

    For application forms and more information contact PACT’s Conservation Investment Manager or email
    cimanager@pactbelize.org. Submit complete applications and supporting documents no later than
    September 28th, 2018 to:

    Conservation Investment Manager, PACT
    #3 Mango Street/P.O. Box 443
    Belmopan, Cayo District
    Re: BNCF Grant Application

    For details download full pdf documents below.