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Belize Nature Conservation Foundation – Call for Proposals (2017)

Belize Nature Conservation Foundation – Call for Proposals (2017)

The Belize Nature Conservation Foundation (BNCF) provides grants to registered management organizations of terrestrial protected areas including, non-governmental organizations and community-based organizations that are involved in conservation and management for sustainable use of Belize’s natural resources and terrestrial protected areas. The BNCF is now accepting project applications for its 2017 grants cycle.

The Belize Nature Conservation Foundation (BNCF) was the product of a Debt for Nature Swap with the United States Government and local NGOs. This agreement required the US Government, with funds from The Nature Conservancy (TNC), to retire US$ 9M in debt from the Government of Belize. The BNCF was officially established in November 2004. Through this agreement, funding is provided to registered management organizations of terrestrial protected areas to carry out projects in the areas of general park management protection, environmental education, equipment, training, and research. PACT serves as the administrator of the Foundation’s grants program.

Click the image below to download pdf version of the call for proposals.

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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!

Entering La Selva Maya: The Chiquibul Challenge Marathon

La Selva Maya

‘La Selva Maya’ (the Maya forest) is today recognized as one of the largest, intact rainforests within Central America. An impartial witness to the passing ages and actions of men, it has outlived both the ancient Maya groups of the classic period and the early twentieth-century logging camps that had once traversed its length. Today, the Chiquibul is formally recognized as a protected area and forms a key part of the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor. In addition to serving as a physical record of the various periods of Belize’s history, it is a natural habitat that supports the biological diversity of the region’s plants and animals. Unfortunately, the biological diversity the Chiquibul supports has also made it a target for poachers, illegal logging, mineral extraction and the extraction of non-timber forest products.

The Challenge

Over the weekend, PACT organized a team of 5 staff members and sponsored two members of Channel 5’s media house to enter the first annual Chiquibul 20/40k Marathon to raise awareness for the Chiquibul and support their friends in conservation. The marathon trail ran through forest cover – on medium to course terrain – starting off from Guacamayo bridge through to Las Cuevas Research Station, some 12.5 miles away. Participants were given the option of entering as a 20 K marathon challenger, or 40 K challenger. A special competition was created for rangers of protected areas to also compete. Organized by the Belize Wildlife and Referral Clinic (BWRC), the concept of the Challenge was simple: engage the public by offering an opportunity to connect with nature and celebrate fitness while fundraising and directing attention to the causes of both the Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) – who co-manage the Chiquibul Forest and National Park, and the Belize Wildlife and Referral Clinic, who between them manage the Scarlet Macaw Protection Program.

This being the first annual Chiquibul Challenge Marathon, the response was triple what organizers, Dr. Isabelle Paquet-Durand and Justin Ford of the BWRC had expected. Speaking at the award ceremony yesterday, Dr. Isabel was optimistic and grateful for the overwhelming support from the local NGO and business community, as well as private citizens. Rafael Manzanero, the Director of FCD, was equally bolstered by the response of the public for the first initiative. PACT, for its part, was happy to participate as both a sponsor and support to raise awareness for both of these organizations that together, champion the cause of protection and conservation or Belize’s natural heritage.

Fire Fighting Equipment for Terrestrial Parks and Managers

Fire Fighting Equipment for Terrestrial Parks and Managers

The Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA) project is being implemented through funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) with PACT providing fiduciary services. The objective of this project is to strengthen natural resource management and biodiversity conservation in key biodiversity areas in Belize.

Additionally, this project aims to support and identify measures through which the government can create a balance between sustainable nature resource based growth while building climate change resilience. To achieve this aim, the project is divided into four development objectives:

1. Forest Protection and Sustainable Forest Management;
2. Promoting Effective Management of KBAs;
3. Institutional Strengthening and Capacity Building for Enhanced Enforcement of Environmental Regulations;
4. Project Management, Monitoring and Assessment

Congratulations to all the recipients of this award!

Click on the image below to download pdf version of press release.

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