The Belize Nature Conservation Foundation awarded one hundred and thirteen thousand dollars in grants to improve the management of three terrestrial protected areas in Belize. The funding is primarily for park management, training and research.

Five organizations applied for the thirteenth cycle of grants from the BNCF. The three of those five applications were approved. The three grantees Steadfast Tourism and Conservation Association received thirty-five thousand dollars; the Community Baboon Sanctuary Women’s Conservation Group and the Mayflower Bocawina Environmental & Development Group received thirty-nine thousand dollars each.

Maria Pech, Steadfast Tourism and Conservation Association
“We saw that one of our conservation targets was the keel-billed moth-moth but no data had been collected for that species or bird population in general. So, we decided to make that an important aspect of our project to get data that would inform us of the different trends of distribution and abundance of these populations in the national park. Another aspect of the project was to develop birding programmes so with that data we would be able to design those programs to diversity our incomes generating activities but in no way would we want to compromise the biological heritage of these populations.”

Leon Dawson, Community Baboon Sanctuary Women’s Conservation Group
“We will revise, update and analyze the management plan for a feasible time of five years. This is vital for effective management and a will give a clear, defined path for the Community Baboon Sanctuary Women’s Conservation Group. The grant funds will also revive the youth environmental group that will strengthen the sanctuary’s relations within the seven communities and will assist with education and outreach activities geared towards environmental education and sustainable use of resources in the community baboon sanctuary.”

Estevan Assi, Mayflower Bocawina Environmental & Development Group
“The establishment of a live barrier with dominant trees at respective boundary areas. At the MBNP, we have incursions just like any other protected area to the north east and south east of the park because of the conventional farms surrounding that area, so there is an ease of access. Although we have GPSD at the moment, we find it as a proactive approach that we will have these trees a form of demarcation for our area. So, it will help us to improve the enforcement. There will be a revolving nursery of four thousand dominant trees and the seedlings will be planted along, for this specific project, along the southern boundary of the park spanning almost fifteen miles. Over sixty part-time employees will be employed from the buffer community of Silk Grass.”

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