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PACT Scholar Engagement

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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/

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.

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.

PACT Awards 3 New Grants in Capacity Building and Environmental Support

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PACT AWARDS 3 NEW GRANTS IN CAPACITY BUILDING AND ENVIRONMENTAL SUPPORT

May 12, 2017— The Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) is proud to announce to the public and our stakeholders that 3 new investments have been made for the month of May. PACT has awarded two Professional Development Grants and one Environmental Support Grant for a total value of BZ $24,300.00. The first Professional Development Grant was awarded to the Ya’axché Conservation Trust at BZ $9,550.00 to enable their Science Director and Protected Areas Program Director to participate in the ‘28th International Congress for Conservation Biology’ in Cartagena, Columbia. The second Professional Development Grant was awarded to the Belize Forest Department at BZ $10,000.00 for the participation of one of their Foresters in the ‘2017 International Seminar on Protected Area Management’ to be held in Montana, USA. The third grant issued was an Environmental Support Grant to Caye Caulker’s La Isla Cariñosa Academy (LICA) at a total value of BZ $4,750.00. Funds from this grant will be used to allow for LICA to carry out its “Education Week 2017” around activities that teach students the benefits of conservation and proper waste disposal on the island.

Ya’axché Conservation Trust – $9,550.00
Ya’axché Conservation Trust works with communities in and around Bladen Nature Reserve and Columbia River Forest Reserve to develop capacity and advocate for the safeguarding and sustainable use of land and natural resources. They currently co-manage two protected areas in Southern Belize. Over the past two years, Ya’axché have been using the Spatial Monitoring and Report Tool (SMART) as a part of its wildlife monitoring strategy. By participating in this Congress, it is expected the knowledge acquired and shared over the course of the Congress will allow for improved decision making and innovation in the field of wildlife and biodiversity management.

Belize Forest Department – $10,000.00
The Belize Forest Department was established in 1935 and serves as the regulatory agency responsible for the management of terrestrial protected areas. In some cases, they are aided by NGO co-managing counterparts. By attending this Congress, the Forest Department will be building the capacity of its in-house Forester in proper protected areas management techniques and strategies for long-term sustainable use and enjoyment of protected areas. Main themes to be covered at the seminar include: integrated planning for protected areas; community involvement and transboundary issues in the face of climate change among others.

La Isla Cariñosa Academy (LICA) – $4,750.00
LICA is a private school located in Caye Caulker Village. Through this grant, students will be introduced to themes that contribute to a healthy and clean environment, which benefits the community as well as protected areas. Activities to be carried out under this grant will include site visits to the Caye Caulker Forest Reserve in addition to painting and placement of garbage bins. The latter is an especially significant feature because bins will be placed in the school zone area of Caye Caulker. At present, there are no bins within this school zone. In doing so, students will be actively promoting a clean environment, through proper waste disposal.

PACT takes this opportunity to congratulate all recipients, and to thank them for contributing to greater conservation capacity building and education awareness!

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For more information on Ya’axché, visit: http://www.yaaxche.org/

For more information on the Belize Forest Department, visit: http://www.forestdepartment.gov.bz/
For more information on La Isla Cariñosa Academy, visit: https://www.facebook.com/La-Isla-Carinosa-Academy

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.

CLOSED! 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!

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!

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PACT Project Funds used Towards the Creation of New Nature Centre

PACT Project Funds used Towards the Creation of New Nature Center

Belmopan City, Belize. (Wednesday, 8 Feb. 2017) – Saint Herman’s Blue Hole National Park (SHBHNP) just got an upgrade. Today, the Trust was on hand as the Belize Audubon Society (BAS)unveiled its new nature center at the national park. Delivering the keynote address was Dr. Omar Figueroa – Minister of the State in the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration. “This national park, while relatively small in size, is an important component of the larger network of protected areas. It is important ecologically, and it is important socially.” Dr. Figueroa also applauded the Belize Audubon Society for mobilizing and engaging the buffer communities of Ringtail, Armenia and St. Margaret over the course of the project.

Saint Herman’s was declared a national park in December 1986. It is co-managed by the Belize Audubon Society and the Government of Belize. It is one of 18 national parks within the National Protected Areas System (NPAS). The area of the reserve is roughly 575 acres and is a popular spot for picnicking, cave exploration, swimming and bird-watching. Saint Herman’s Blue Hole National Park gets its name from a clear deep pool which is a stunning, sapphire blue.

During the 2014 grants cycle, the Board of Directors of the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) approved the following proposal put forward by BAS: to ‘enhance St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park’ through new infrastructure, mapping of the area that forms the National Park as well as the creation of a 5 year management plan. A total of BZ $204,998.75 was approved for the expansion and renovation of the swimming platform and to replace the railing near the swimming areas as well as to create new restroom facilities at both park entrances. Funds were needed to complete and furnish the Nature Center with displays and signs and so in 2016 a large grant for a total of BZ $419,936.74 was approved for the Belize Audubon Society to provide for the long term sustainability across three renowned conservation areas in Belize – one of which is Saint Herman’s. This project will focus on creating financial sustainability through the provision of a gift shop and ticket booth among other objectives.

MCCAP Contracts Awarded 2016

The Marine Conservation and Climate Change Adaptation Project (MCCAP) in the coastal areas of Belize is implemented by the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development with fiduciary management assistance from the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) as the National Implementing Entity (NIE). The objective of MCCAP is to implement a priority ecosystem-based marine conservation and climate adaptation measures to strengthen the climate resilience of the Belize Barrier Reef System and its productive marine resources.

MCCAP is a five year project funded by an Adaptation Fund grant of US$ 5.53 million. The aim of the project is “to implement priority ecosystem-based marine conservation and climate adaptation measures to strengthen the climate resilience of the Belize Barrier Reef System“. The project is divided into four main components:

1)Improving the protection regime of marine and coastal ecosystems;
2)Promotion of viable alternative livelihoods for affected users of the reef in the areas impacted by project activities;
3)Raising awareness and building capacity; and
4)Project Management, Monitoring and Assessment.

There are three Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) that the project targets: the Corozal Bay Wildlife Sanctuary (CBWS), the Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve (TAMR), and the South Water Caye Marine Reserve (SWCMR). It also targets several coastal communities, namely: 1) Consejo Village, 2) Corozal Town, 3) Copper Bank Village, 4) Chunox Village, 5) Sarteneja Village, 6) Belize City, 7) Dangriga Town, 8) Hopkins Village, 9) Sittee River Village, 10) Riversdale Village, 11) Seine Bight Village, and 12) Placencia Village.

In 2016, the MCCAP advertised and awarded the following contracts:

CONSULTANCY

1) Creation of GIS MAPS
Awarded Firm: Ian Gillett
Address: Belize City, Belize
Contract signature date: 30 May 2016
Method of Procurement/Selection: Individual Consultants
Price: BZD 22,790.00
Duration: 4 months

2) Review and Revise the Forest (Protection of Mangrove) Regulations 2014
Awarded Firm: Elisa Montalvo
Address: Belmopan, Belize
Contract signature date: July 12 2016
Method of Procurement/Selection: Individual Consultant
Price: BZD 40,000
Duration: 3 months

3) Review and Revision of Coastal Zone Management Act and Regulations
Awarded Firm: ARGER
Address: Belguim
Contract signature date: 13 September 2016
Method of Procurement/Selection: Consultant Qualification Selection
Price: BZD 326,760
Duration: 6 months

4) Skills Training in ITVET Corozal
Awarded Firm: ITVET Corozal
Address: Santa Rita Heights, Corozal, Belize
Contract signature date: 24 October 2016
Method of Procurement/Selection: Direct Contracting
Price: BZD 42,874.00
Duration: 8 months

5) Skills Training in ITVET Orange Walk
Awarded Firm: ITVET Orange Walk
Address: San Lorenzo Road, Orange Walk, Belize
Contract signature date: 24 October 2016
Method of Procurement/Selection: Direct contracting
Price: BZD 60,540.00
Duration: 8 months

GOODS

1) Supply and Delivery of 2 Truck
Awarded Supplier: Belize Estate and Company
Address: Belize City, Belize
Contract signature date: 22 January 2016
Method of Procurement/Selection: Shopping
Price: BZD 148,280
Duration: 3 months

2) Supply and Delivery of Vessels
Awarded Supplier: William Quan
Address: Belize City, Belize
Contract signature date: 8 February 2016
Method of Procurement/Selection: Shopping
Price: BZD 233,911
Duration: 9 months

3) Supply and Delivery of Desktop Computers and Laptop
Awarded Supplier: Fultec systems
Address: Belize City, Belize
Contract signature date: 1 March 2016
Method of Procurement/Selection: Shopping
Price: BZD 66,068.00
Duration: 2 months

4) Supply and Delivery of Trailers
Awarded Supplier: William Quan
Address: Belize City, Belize
Contract signature date: 16 March 2016
Method of Procurement/Selection: Shopping
Price: BZD 70,448
Duration: 3 months

5) Supply and Delivery of 12 Hand Held GPS & Marine Mount
Awarded Supplier: Sigertronics System
Address: Belize City, Belize
Contract signature date: 4 July 2016
Method of Procurement/Selection: Shopping
Price: BZD 30,825.00
Duration: 2 months

6) Supply and Delivery of Water Quality Monitoring Systems
Awarded Supplier: Belize Formulators
Address: Belize City, Belize
Contract signature date: 1 September 2016
Method of Procurement/Selection: Shopping
Price: BZD 93,771.32
Duration: 2 months

7) Supply and Delivery of 10 Outboard Engines
Awarded Supplier: Marelco Ltd
Address: Belize City, Belize
Contract signature date: 29 September 2016
Method of Procurement/Selection: Shopping
Price: BZD 255,905
Duration: 6 months