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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/

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/

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.

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!