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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

KBA Contracts Awarded 2016

The Government of Belize with the assistance of the World Bank is implementing the project entitled “Management and Protection of Key Biodiversity Areas in Belize (KBA)” with Grant funding from the Global Environment Facility “GEF” and has appointed the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry the Environment and Sustainable Development (MAFFESD) for the overall implementation of the Project with the fiduciary support provided by the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT).

The goal of the KBA project is 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: Forest Protection and Sustainable Forest Management; Promoting Effective Management of KBAs; Institutional Strengthening and Capacity Building for Enhanced Enforcement of Environmental Regulations; Project Management, Monitoring and Assessment.

In 2016, the Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA) of Belize project advertised and awarded the following contracts.

CONSULTANCY

1) Analysis of Information system & Design Management Information system for Forestry & DOE
Awarded Firm: eData Limited
Address: 115 Barrack Road, Belize City, Belize
Contract signature date: 11 January 2016
Method of Procurement/Selection: Consultant Qualification Selection
Price: BZD 54,675.00
Duration: 7 months

2) Design a Fire Rapid Response Team FIRRT for KBAs in Belize
Awarded Firm: Fire Management Consultant
Address: 1382 Chaplin Court, Tracy, California USA
Contract signature date: February 26, 2016
Method of Procurement/Selection: Consultant Qualification Selection
Price: BZD 60,000
Duration: 4 months

3) Analysis of ECP of DOE
Awarded Firm: Limia & Martin
Address: Getxo, Spain
Contract signature date: 16 March 2016
Method of Procurement/Selection: Consultant Qualification Selection
Price: BZD 184,349.77
Duration: 5 months

4) Development of a Management Plan for Vaca Forest Reserve
Awarded Firm: Ian Meerman
Address: Mile 8, Mountain Pine Ridge Road
Contract signature date: 18 July 2016
Method of Procurement/Selection: Consultant Qualification Selection
Price: BZD 40,226.66
Duration: 5 months

5) Develop a Compliance Management Strategy for Forest Department
Awarded Firm: Wildlife Conservation Society
Address: 1755 Coney Drive, Belize City, Belize
Contract signature date: 1 December 2016
Method of Procurement/Selection: Consultant Qualification Selection
Price: BZD 89,807.25
Duration: 6 months

GOODS

1) Supply and Delivery of Hand Held Radios
Awarded supplier: Technotronics Communication
Address: 61 Amara Avenue
Contract signature date: 12 July 2016
Method of Procurement/Selection: Shopping
Price: BZD 7,680
Duration: 1 month

2) Supply and Delivery of 1 Drone
Awarded Supplier: GS-COM
Address: 8 Baymen Avenue
Contract signature date: 4 August 2016
Method of Procurement/Selection: Shopping
Price: BZD 3,275.00
Duration: 1 month

3) Supply and Delivery of 10 GPS
Awarded Supplier: GS-Com
Address: 61 Amara Avenue
Contract signature date: 1 Sept 2016
Method of Procurement/Selection: Shopping
Price: BZD 19,912.50
Duration: 1 month

4) Supply and Delivery of Fire Fighting Equipment and Gears
Award Supplier: Forestry Suppliers
Address: 205 West Rankin Street, Jackson, MS, USA
Contract signature date: 9 Sept 2016
Method of Procurement/Selection: Shopping
Price: BZD 65,730.80
Duration: 3 months