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Signing of Targeted Investment to Improve Belize's Marine Reserve Network

On July 22, 2022, the Ministry of Blue Economy and Civil Aviation (MBECA), the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) and the Fisheries Department held an investment program award ceremony at the Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve in northern Belize. The ceremony included the signing of a subsidiary agreement between PACT and MBECA for the implementation of year three of PACT's Targeted Investment Program titled "Improving the Management of the Marine Reserve Network," which will be executed by the Belize Fisheries Department.

In October 2019, the Conservation Investment Partnership Agreement was signed for the financing of an approved three-year program in support of the implementation of PACT's Conservation Investment Strategy 2018-2021 and realization of key Conservation Returns on Investments within Belize's Marine Reserve Network, which includes Caye Caulker, Bacalar Chico, Sapodilla Cayes, Glover's Reef and South Water Caye marine reserves.

Valued at a total of $1,150,000 under PACT's targeted investment, the program has provided tremendous support to improving management effectiveness within the network, especially during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Years one and two of the program have been completed with the agreement for the implementation of year three signed for a total of $542,275.29. The funds will be used to improve infrastructure and management across the network of marine reserves. The implementation of the final phase of the program is expected to end on December 31, 2023.

Marine reserves are important fisheries management tools but also play a crucial role in biodiversity protection. They protect rare and threatened species, important natural habitats and provide a direct source of food security and livelihood to many Belizeans.

The Ministry of Blue Economy and Civil Aviation extends sincere appreciation to PACT for its continued support in ensuring the proper management of Belize's marine protected areas.

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Keeping Marine Reserves Pristine

And another pristine area that currently needs no restoration is the Bacalar Chico National Park Marine Reserve on northern ambergris Caye. The reserve has been the beneficiary of a three year targeted 1.15 million dollar investment program from PACT and the Fisheries Department to "improve the Management of the Marine Reserve Network."

That Marine Reserve Network includes Caye Caulker, Bacalar Chico, Sapodilla Cayes, Glover's Reef and South Water Caye marine reserves. The program is going into year three and they celebrated that on Friday at Bacalar Chico:



Year three of the program is for a total of just over half a million dollars.

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On July 22, 2022, the Ministry of Blue Economy & Civil Aviation and the Protected Areas Conservation Trust commenced the last phase of a three-year project being implemented with the Belize Fisheries Department. The project is aimed at investing in the development of five marine protected spaces: Caye Caulker Marine Reserve, Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve, Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve, Glover's Reef Marine Reserve and South Water Caye Marine Reserve. The total investment for the "Improving the Management of the Marine Reserve Network" project was $1,150,000. The final portion of funds allocated, $542,275.29, will cover repairs and operational improvements in the targeted marine areas.



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