Today PACT, the Protected Area Conservation Trust gave out nearly three quarter million dollars in new project grants! Research Grants as well as Small, Medium-Sized and Large Grants were awarded for projects under the themes of Protected Areas Management and Conservation, Protected Areas Promotion and Development, and Environmental Education and Awareness.

We spoke to a few of the recipients:...

Vincent Gillett, Chair, PACT Advisory Council
"As it celebrates the culmination of many hours of hard diligent work done by applicants for PACT's grant and those dedicated persons who process, review and finally approve proposals for support."

Recipient - Roaring Creek Nature Reserve
"I work in Roaring Creek Nature Reserve which is very close to the Belize Zoo along the Coastal Road. The title of my project is "The ecology and conservation of tapirs in central Belize." This is the centerpiece of a master's program from Mexico."

Jose Perez, APAMO
"Through this particular project of approximately three hundred and eighty-four thousand dollars, the strengthening of the organization as an institution continues by focusing on our community base organizations; by strengthening their capacities and in so doing we are also strengthening and building the capacities of the organization."

Recipient - Hol Chan Marine Reserve
"Our project titled "Hol Chan Marine Reserve management zone expansion" is what it really entails; expansion of the Marine Reserve. For those of you who are not familiar with the protected area. Hol Chan Marine Reserve is located on South Ambergris Caye."

"Our project is basically looking at system level collaboration and communication within Northern Belize."

"On behalf of Sarteneja Fishermen Association, I want to express my sincere gratitude to PACT for their funding support to alternative initiative for the Sarteneja Fishermen."

Lisel Alamilla, Minister of Forestry, Fishers and Sustainable Development
"I think it's extremely vital to ensure that government contributes to the management of Belize's protected areas and PACT is the mechanism that we used for the distribution of government funds really to the NGO's that partner with us in sustainably managing our natural resources and engaging the stakeholder such as the fisher folks."

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