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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.

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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.