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Logical Framework 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.



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.

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Vacancy – 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

Re: Conservation Programme Officer Vacancy

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

New Caballo Conservation Post for 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


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.


For more information on Ya’axche Conservation Trust, visit:
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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 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.

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.

When It Rains it Floods: The Need for Wetlands

When It Rains it Floods: The Need for Wetlands

It’s World Wetlands Day, and forty-six years to the day that the Ramsar Convention for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands was signed. The Ramsar Convention is an international treaty. Every year, on 2 February, World Wetlands Day is celebrated to raise awareness of the value of wetlands to us and our natural environment. In recent years, the quality of wetland areas have been steadily declining. The benefits of maintaining healthy wetland areas are innumerable, and range from providing a source of food, freshwater supply, building materials and climate change mitigation among others.

To date there are 2,231 Ramsar Sites across the globe. The criteria for establishing wetlands of international importance focuses on sites that are either rare or unique. Within the National Protected Areas System (NPAS) of Belize, there are two protected areas that fit this criteria. In 1998, the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary was officially designated a Ramsar Site, with Sarstoon Temash National Park achieving this status in 2005.

Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary (1984)

The Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1984 and is replete with evidence of Belize’s colourful biodiversity. This site is the home of a variety of local and migratory birds for which bird watching is a popular activity for locals and tourists alike. Birds are nature’s little nomads; they travel across the breadth of Belize, similarly soaring through the Petén region of Guatemala and Southern Mexico. All converge at the sanctuary which serves as an important breeding hub. In total, 276 bird species have been spotted at Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, of which is Jabiru is perhaps the most notable.

Wetlands help to minimize the effects of storm damage and flooding. When the Belize River is flooded, this reserve acts as an overflow basin.

FACT: Crooked Tree was first settled in 1750 by the British and became an important site for the extraction of logwood. From logwood, a total of seven different dyes were produced for export to Europe. Crooked Tree is likely the earliest inland European settlement in Belize.

Sarstoon Temash National Park (1994)

Sarstoon Temash was formally designated in May, 1994 as a National Park. In total, the park stretches across over 41,000 acres. This makes it one of the largest national parks in the country of Belize. Sarstoon Temash is a diverse wetland complex. In it, lies a highly developed riverine mangrove system. Sarstoon Temash is in part managed by the indigenous communities of Southern Belize making it an example of protecting both environmental and cultural diversity.

As for its biodiversity, a total of 386 plant species have been identified within the National Park – many of which are not to be found elsewhere. Similarly, 42 fish species have been identified, 25 or which are marine as well as 226 bird species including the Montezuma Oropendula, the Great Kiskadee, and the Black-headed Trogon.

FACT: In 1989, Sarstoon Temash was found to have the highest populations of Black Howler Monkeys in Belize. One year later, visiting researcher Dora Meyer reported hearing the distinctive call of its relative, the Mantled Howler Monkey. Efforts to locate the Mantled Howler within the reserve however, did not materialize.