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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

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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.

SEA Single Investment

PRESS RELEASE

SEA Single Investment

 

August 7, 2018 PACT recently traveled to the Placencia Peninsula to catch up with the Southern Environmental Association who are implementing a PACT Single Investment Project entitled “Improving the management of Laughing Bird Caye National Park and the financial stability of SEA”. The Investment, valued at BZ$65,726.00, commenced in March 2017 and is expected to culminate in September 2018. As its title indicates, the project aimed at strengthening SEA’s financial stability via improved management, infrastructure, building human resource capacity and expanding the potential for resource mobilization.
 

During the visit, PACT accompanied by the SEA Executive Director and other personnel, traveled to the Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve, Little Water Caye and the Laughing Bird Caye National Park. Through this project, SEA targeted the execution of two financial mechanisms from its existing business plan to improve its financial stability. On Laughing Bird Caye, project funds were used to establish an electronic point of sale system that now enables visitors to use credit cards as a payment option at the LBCNP gift shop. Furthermore, the LBCNP gift shop has also been restocked twice; a good indication of the rate at which the gift shop’s inventory is turning over. From these mechanisms, SEA have already met and are on course to surpass the revenue target of 10% of the annual protected areas budget.
 

To complement this, SEA has also made considerable investment in building the capacity of 15 staff members. Through this project, Small Business Management (Entrepreneurship), Inventory Management, Customer Service and Tour Guide training were completed by SEA staff and directly applied to the management of the LBCNP Gift shop and other operations within the areas managed by SEA.
Furthermore, the Ranger Station at Little Water Caye has been fully refurbished through this project. While the facility was initially constructed as a conservation post for SEA’s enforcement team, the facility’s housing capacity and amenities have been expanded to comfortably accommodate 15 persons. This has improved SEA’s ability to attract universities, researchers and groups interested in visiting or working in the adjacent protected areas. Following refurbishment, SEA has recorded a marked increase in revenue from accommodations at the ranger station.
 

Lastly, the PACT Single Investment Project financed the development of a Resource Mobilization Strategy for SEA. This strategy will support SEA in its strategic fundraising ventures and will guide the SEA BOD, Management and Staff on capacity enhancement and institutional growth.
 

PACT takes this opportunity to congratulate the Southern Environmental Association on the many successes of this project. We also thank the SEA BOD and Staff for their dedication, engagement and prudent management of this PACT investment.

 

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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/

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Opportunity – National Liaison Officer of the Project

NATIONAL LIAISON OFFICER OF THE PROJECT NATURAL RESOURCES PROTECTION PROGRAM OF SELVA MAYA (MEXICO, GUATEMALA, BELIZE)

The national liaison officer will ensure planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of results of the project at the national level, within the timeframe and format of the project. He or she will provide relevant implementation data to ensure documentation and follow-up on project results required for successful implementation. The national liaison will be hired by PACT within the national legislation of Belize. Nevertheless, considering that this si regional project implemented by IUCN, the national liaison officer shall report and coordinate directly to the IUCN trinational liaison officer based in Flores, Guatemala, and with the Forest Department of Belize.

Interested persons should submit an application letter along with Curriculum Vitae including two (2) referees and supporting documents no later than August 27, 2018 titled:

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, the Environment, and Sustainable Development and Protected Areas Conservation Trust
Belmopan, Belize
TO: Email address: cfo@forest.gov.bz and ed@pactbelize.org
CC: secretary@forest.gov.bz

Re: “National Liaison officer- Natural Resources Protection Program of Selva Maya (Mexico,Guatemala, Belize)”

For details on skills needed and benefits, download full pdf documents below.

Hol Chan Marine Reserve Large Grant

PRESS RELEASE

Hol Chan Marine Reserve Large Grant

 

July 20, 2018 This week PACT travelled to the Hol Chan Marine Reserve to catch up on an ongoing Large Grant with the Fisheries Department entitled “Hol Chan Marine Reserve Zone Expansion Project”. The implementation of this investment commenced in May 2017 and will see a total of $349,720.00 invested in the reserve over a 2-year period. The overall objective of the project is to expand the HCMR’s Enforcement, Tourism, Environmental Outreach and Education, Research and Monitoring Programs into its newly defined annex zones. 

During this visit, PACT had an opportunity to visit the annex zones called Mexico Rocks (Zones G & H), Zone E & F and Shark Alley. These sites/zones are very remarkable snorkelling sites that have a diverse sea life. Since the establishment of these annexed zones, Hol Chan has seen a remarkable 90% increase in tourist visitation to the area. The project is therefore, providing for the constant monitoring and patrol of these annexed zones by the Fisheries Department HCMR Enforcement Unit. To complement the patrols, a new vessel and engine has been procured along with necessary enforcement equipment. Additionally, the new zones have been properly demarcated and mooring buoys installed for tourism purposes. 

As it relates to its Environmental Outreach and Education activities, to date brochures and posters have been developed and the engagement of visitors and resource users remain an ongoing activity within the HCMR. This naturally includes the ongoing sensitization of fisher-folk and tourism stakeholders about the annex zones and regulations.  

Through this project, an alternative livelihood program has also been established. This far, 13 fishermen have been trained and certified as fly fishing and snorkelling tour guides. Furthermore, a commercial fish tagging program has been initiated in the annex zones in order to gather distribution data to support improved management of the HCMR. Both programs have thus far been successful; owed partly to the positive support from commercial fishermen and tour guides. 

PACT takes this opportunity to commend the Fisheries Department, the Hol Chan Marine Reserve management and enforcement staff, project beneficiaries and wider stakeholders on current successes and for project implementation remaining on target.
 

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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/

Vacancy – Conservation Programme Officer

CONSERVATION PROGRAMME OFFICER

The Conservation Programme Officer (CPO) is primarily responsible for the promotion, development and management of PACT’s portfolio of internally and externally funded projects as assigned. The CPO is responsible for liaising with potential and existing grantee organizations, the initial technical reviews of proposals, Expressions of Interest and concept papers, providing technical recommendations for project design improvements, undertaking regular project monitoring to ensure project implementation success and executing and coordinating internal and external project evaluations.

Interested applicants should submit an e-copy or hard copy of their application letter, resume, and a list of two referees (names and contact information only) no later than Friday July 27th, 2018 to:

Human Resources & Administration Manager
Protected Areas Conservation Trust
#3 Mango Street, City of Belmopan
hram@pactbelize.org

Re: Conservation Programme Officer Vacancy

For details on skills needed and benefits, download full pdf documents below.

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New South Cebada Conservation Post

NEW SOUTH CEBADA CONSERVATION POST FOR THE CHIQUIBUL NATIONAL PARK

 

June 15, 2018 — (Belmopan, BZE) Yesterday, June 14, 2018, the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) along with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration (MAFFESDI), the Ministry of National Security, and the Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) inaugurated a new Conservation Post in the South Cebada area of the Chiquibul National Park. 

Government, NGO and Financing Partners at the Inauguration of the Cebada CP, June 14, 2018  
On hand for the inauguration was a delegation of Ministers, Chief Executive Officers, and Heads of Department led by Hon. Dr. Omar Figueroa, Minister of Environment and Hon. John Saldivar, Minister of National Security. The South Cebada Conservation Post was financed through the Chiquibul Forest Investment Initiative (CFII) at a cost of BZ$115,000. The CFII was launched in 2016 and represents the single largest investment in the protection and conservation of Belize’s biodiversity. 

 
The $2.28 Million being invested by PACT and the Environmental Management Fund is aimed at addressing key threats from illegal land use practices in the Chiquibul Forest by strengthening multi-institutional capacity. The CFII is being implemented by a consortium of partners, namely the FCD, Ya’axché Conservation Trust, the Belize Forest Department, and the Belize Defence Force. The CFII investment focus spans the Chiquibul National Park, Chiquibul Forest Reserve, Vaca Forest Reserve, Columbia River Forest Reserve, Bladen Nature Reserve, and Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve.

The Conservation Post at South Cebada is 20’ x 33’ in size and was designed to accommodate an enforcement team of 12. Its main features include sleeping quarters, outdoor kitchen, hygiene facilities, a water catchment system, a photovoltaic solar power system and a 25’ lookout tower. This is the second Conservation Post financed through the CFII with the Caballo CP built and inaugurated just last year. Hon. Dr. Omar Figueroa, during his address noted that “with the two conservation posts financed through the CFII the number of CPs in the Chiquibul now stands at seven (7).

Cebada Conservation Post, June 14, 2018


Coupled with the enforcement stations in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve and Bladen Nature Reserve, these CPs will form a more robust network of permanent outposts in the Chiquibul Forest geared towards biodiversity protection and security”. While the conservation posts and access roads have added much needed infrastructure in the Chiquibul, the CFII has contributed far more at improving the dialogue and coordination among consortium partners. The Initiative continues to contribute necessary human resources and capacity. From the consortium alone, a total of 34 trained enforcement personnel has been made available to support biodiversity conservation in the Chiquibul along with the BDF and Police. As a direct output, a 43% increase in ranger force translating to at least 50% increase in enforcement efficiency has been realized after just the first year of implementation. PACT would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all consortium members, enforcement teams, and partner agencies for their service to this country through their hard work and their pledge to defend the biodiversity and integrity of these protected areas. Also, we would like to express our gratitude to the FCD, Ministry of Environment, and the Ministry of National Security for key technical and logistical support towards the success of the inauguration ceremony and the wider 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.

New Caballo Conservation Post for Chiquibul National Park

NEW CABALLO CONSERVATION POST FOR THE CHIQUIBUL NATIONAL PARK

July 31, 2017— (Belmopan, BZE) Through funding from the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) and the Environmental Management Fund (EMF), a new conservation post has been constructed in the Chiquibul National Park at a cost of BZ $115,000. Today, an official inauguration was held for the Caballo Conservation Post after which a tour of the new facilities was provided to guests. Present at the inauguration were Hon. Dr. Omar Figueroa, Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development (MAFFESD) as well as CEO in the Ministry and PACT Board Chair Dr. Percival Cho, and CEO in the Ministry of Defense Felix Enriquez among others. The new conservation post is part of the Chiquibul Forest Investment Initiative (CFII) that was launched in December 2016. The main objective of the initiative is to increase the management and enforcement presence within the Chiquibul, Columbia, and Vaca forest areas. PACT Board Chair Dr. Cho, in his welcome remarks, highlighted that “the Caballo conservation post is but one part of a larger goal aimed at encouraging multi-institutional strategy and strengthening the capacity for joint law enforcement and protection of the Chiquibul.

Over the years, the Western border of Belize along the Chiquibul and surrounding areas have been subject to illegal gold panning, logging, and poaching among other activities. PACT and the EMF’s investment of BZ $2.28 million in the CFII aims to minimize the effects of illegal cross-border activities by increasing the management presence and enforcement within the Chiquibul. The CFII also brings together four key partners working in the most afflicted areas. Known as the CFII Consortium, beneficiaries include the Belize Defense Force (BDF), the Belize Forest Department, Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) and Ya’axché Conservation Trust. Over the course of the Program, the CFII will facilitate the construction of two new conservation posts to allow for increased enforcement presence in the area, as well as the creation of access roads to alleviate the problem of limited accessibility for patrolling and monitoring. To further assist with patrolling and monitoring, under the CFII, a total of six new vehicles at a value of BZ $450,146.30 were handed over to the Consortium in May of this year.

PACT would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all consortium members, enforcement teams, and partner agencies for their service to this country through their hard work and their pledge to defend the biodiversity and integrity of these protected areas. Also, we would like to express our gratitude to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development for key technical support and contribution towards the success of this initiative.

BZD $450K to Enforce Protection in the Chiquibul and Surrounding Forests Areas

BZD $450,146.30 IN SIX NEW VEHICLES FOR ENFORCEMENT IN THE CHIQUIBUL AND SURROUNDING FOREST AREAS

May 29, 2017— (Belmopan, BZ) Today, the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) hosted an official vehicle handover ceremony in Belmopan. Six new vehicles, valued at a total of $450,146.30 were handed over to the 4 beneficiaries of the Chiquibul Forest Investment Initiative (CFII). The CFII Consortium includes the Belize Defence Force (BDF), the Belize Forest Department, Ya’axché Conservation Trust and Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD). The BDF received three new vehicles while the remaining three organizations received one vehicle each.

The CFII was launched in December, 2016; at $2.28 million it represents the largest single investment that PACT has made to four agencies for a joint cause. The main objective of the Initiative is to increase the management presence and strengthen enforcement within the Chiquibul and the surrounding forest areas along our Western border. These areas consist mainly of the Columbia, Vaca and Chiquibul Forests. The effects of illegal activities along the Belize-Guatemala border represent a threat to both the biodiversity of these areas, as well as the safety. In his address today, Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development (MAFFESD), Hon. Dr. Omar Figueroa explained that the Chiquibul Forest Investment Initiative “is part of a larger $15.8 million investment by the Government of Belize, to stimulate the protection and conservation of our natural resources in the Chiquibul and surrounding areas. It is also in line with state measures to provide for a sustained level of protection along our borders.”

Over the next three years, the CFII will also contribute to the establishment of two new conservation posts, and the installation of access roads. This will allow the organizations to increase their patrols throughout these key areas. Speaking on behalf of the Belize Defence Force, Commander David Jones expressed his commitment to continue working with each of the other beneficiaries. He noted that the vehicles are “a very welcome gift that will go a long way in regards to effectiveness and efficiency in patrolling our border and ensuring our territorial integrity and sovereignty in particular in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve.”

PACT thanks the members of the CFII Consortium for the commitment and invaluable service they provide through the management and protection of these protected areas.

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For more information on Ya’axche Conservation Trust, visit: http://www.yaaxche.org/
For more information on Friends for Conservation and Development, visit: http://www.fcdbelize.org/

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 sustainable management and development of Belize’s natural and cultural heritage by providing effective funding support to protected areas. The PACT is managed by a Board of Directors that is comprised of Government agencies, non-government organizations and individual experts.