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Multiple Investment Project Awarded

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MULTIPLE INVESTMENT PROJECT AWARDED

 

October 8, 2018 PACT recently traveled to Punta Gorda Town to close a Multiple Investment Project awarded last year to three partnering organizations, Ya’axché Conservation Trust (Ya’axche’), the Belize Audubon Society (BAS) and the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE), for a total of BZ$399,992.00. The project was entitled “A holistic approach to effective management of the protected areas system in Southern Belize”. This Multiple Investment aimed at improving management effectiveness across three protected areas in southern Belize through capacity building, institutional strengthening, improved enforcement and fire management. These protected areas included the Paynes Creek National Park, Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and the Golden Stream Corridor Preserve.

 

Through this Multiple Investment, BAS, TIDE and Ya’axche’ staff received capacity building training in effective reporting, communications skills, green laws and case filing, and the collection and analysis of SMART enforcement data. As a result, an integrated enforcement protocol and a SMART Technical Training Manual was developed for the organizations and a Data Sharing Agreement was signed by all three organizations. This has contributed to better coordinated and efficient enforcement programs in the three protected areas. Additionally, four joint patrols were carried out along with the Belize Defence Force, the Police Department and the Forest Department, laying the foundation for improved collaborative work with these regulatory agencies.

 

A major threat being faced by all three PAs is escaped fires from unsustainable agriculture. Therefore, this investment also focused on increasing the capacity of staff and members from communities buffering the PCNP, CBWS and GSCP in fire management as well as building local awareness on fire hazards. Technical training carried out focused on fire management regulations, firefighting techniques and managing prescribed burns. A total of 20 persons, including PA staff, regulatory agency staff, and community members, were trained in Basic Fire Management Techniques and will now be able to better manage fires and jointly carry out prescribed burns. An aggressive fire awareness outreach campaign including visits to schools and buffering communities in the Toledo District and presentations on National Radio and TV shows, reaching an audience of over 5,000, was carried out. The execution of these capacity building and awareness initiatives as well as the procurement of necessary fire management equipment has resulted in improved fire management capacity within the PAs.

 

PACT takes this opportunity to congratulate the leading implementer, Ya’axché as well as the other two partnering organizations, BAS and TIDE on the successes of this project.

 

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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/

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.

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

Evaluating the Central American Tapir’s Habitat Use and Movement in Central Belize: A Human Dominated Landscape

Beneficiary:         Celso Poot/ Zoologist (The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Centre)

Funds Awarded: $19,719.02

Grant Type:         Research

Project location: Central Belize District

Summary:           The Central American tapir is currently considered endangered.  As a national symbol, the protection of the tapir is paramount.  This research will assess the movement patterns and habitat selection of tapirs in central Belize within the context of habitat loss as a consequence of population growth and expansion.  Based on the results of the study, this project will ultimately result in the development of management recommendations for a more ‘tapir friendly’ environment where human development, habitat conservation and highway mitigation measures are considered.

Population Density and Health Assessment of Black Howler Monkeys at Community Baboon Sanctuary in Belize

Beneficiary:         Community Baboon Sanctuary (CBS) with Center for Engaged Learning Abroad (CELA) and Animal Management – Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center

Funds Awarded: $19,588.28

Grant Type:         Research

Project Location: Community Baboon Sanctuary

Summary:           Like the tapir, the black howler monkey is also considered endangered.  Since the establishment of the Community Baboon Sanctuary, this community led initiative to protect the black howler monkey from extinction has resulted in a steady rise in the population of black howler monkeys in the area.  This research will establish a current population count of howler monkey within the Community Baboon Sanctuary via a complete census count.  It will further assess the health of the monkeys by monitoring for parasites, stress hormone levels and analyzing fecal samples.  These results will contribute towards greater community understanding of the howler monkey species as well as establish decisions for management of the protected area and the monkey population.

Environmental Education and Water Quality Monitoring Management Plan and Business Plan Development for the Billy Barquedier National Park

Beneficiary:         Steadfast Tourism and Conservation Association (STACA)

Funds Awarded:               $59,994.60

Project Location: Stann Creek Valley (Valley Community, Steadfast, Alta Vista)

Summary:           The Billy Barquedier National Park is a community based organization that works to protect the natural resources of North Stann Creek and Mullins River Watersheds.  The aim of this project is to implement key components of the Billy Barquedier National Park (BBNP) Management Plan including environmental education, water and biodiversity monitoring and the development of a business plan to address sustainability.  Over the course of the project STACA will work with communities to build community involvement and awareness of the vital role of the national role through an environmental education program as well as complete assessments of the habitat, fish and invertebrates of the Billy Barquedier sub-watershed.