The Protected Areas Conservation Trust has approved just under a half a million dollars worth of grant funding for community initiatives around the country. According to a statement from PACT, the organization has awarded five organizations for projects in eight protected areas. Grant recipients include the Community Baboon Sanctuary, the Adaptive Management in the Southern Belize Reef Complex, the Bladen nature Reserve and the Corozal Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. The Southern Environmental Association has received ninety nine thousand, nine hundred and ninety two dollars for a one-year project entitled “Applied Science Guiding Adaptive Management within the Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve and the Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve. In 2010, the association commences implementation of its conservation plan for the southern Belize Reef Complex. Earlier this week, the Community Baboon Sanctuary Women’s Conservation group receives a small grant from PACT in the amount of sixty thousand dollars for their community Development and Conservation program. Our news team is today out in Chiquibul Forest Reserve out west, where another grant award is being presented.