Promoting Landscape Management in the Vaca Forest Reserve through Community Development and Support
Promoting Landscape Management in the Vaca Forest Reserve through Community Development and Support
The goal of the project is to promote Landscape Management in the Vaca Forest Reserve through community development and support by strengthening an apiculture local based activity inside and near the reserve; building the capacity of the Friends of the Vaca Forest Reserve and promoting an improved farming technology among farmers.

More specifically the project will aim to a) rehabilitate degraded lands in the Vaca Forest Reserve; b) reduce the rate of land degradation through good agricultural practices and apiculture; c) improve the local economy among fifteen farmers; and d) promote landscape management in the Vaca Forest Reserve.

By the end of the project the following outputs are anticipated:

1. Establishment of 1 nursery with 5,000 mahogany and cedar trees;
2. Restoration of over 15 areas of farmlands denuded in the Vaca Forest Reserve;
3. Reduce the expansion of the agricultural frontier inside the Vaca Forest Reserve;
4. Implement and support farm planning among 10 farmers;
5. Expand the capacity for 15 bee-keepers in the reserve to produce more honey;
6. Organize and strengthen the Friends of the Vaca Forest Reserve

This project addresses the GEF strategy designed to prevent land degradation through promoting activities in Sustainable Land Management. Piloting a different approach, building capacity and creation of viable green livelihood options in local communities are directly in line with the GEF SGP strategic guiding principles and programme priorities. The project fits the GEF SGP Country Programme Strategy under the “LAND DEGRADATION” Focal Area and Immediate Objectives 6 and 7: ‘Improve flow of agro-ecosystem and forest ecosystem services to sustain livelihoods of local communities’, and ‘reduce pressures at community level from competing land uses (in the wider landscapes)’ as well as the Capacity Development objective of ‘Enhance and strengthen capabilities of Civil Society Organizations….’. The project would be aimed at Outcomes 6.1 and 7.1, namely, ‘to improve community-level actions and practices, and reduce negative impacts on agro-, and forest ecosystems and ecosystem services demonstrated to sustain ecosystem functionality’; and ‘improved community-level actions and practices, and reduced negative impacts in land use frontiers of agro-ecosystems and forest ecosystems’.
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Project Snapshot

Friends for Conservation and Development
Area Of Work:
Land Degradation
Grant Amount:
US$ 49,998.50
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 21,266.50
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 28,467.30
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Gender Focus
Of the 20 farmers to be involved in the project there is only one woman at this time who is a member of the Friends of the VFR.
Notable Community Participation
The group consists of 22 members, coordinated through a management committee. All members are actual farmers, operating inside or nearby the reserve and are known as the direct beneficiaries of this project. The concepts presented in this proposal are relevant to the requests made by the farmers who are actually engaged in similar activities that are consistent with the landscape management strategy. Twenty farmers will be assisted in this project by promoting the expansion of the honey industry, cultivation of organically grown vegetables using protective structures, farm planning and establishment of a nursery using local species as recommended under the Landscape Management Strategy.
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Grantee Contact

Mr. Rafael Manzanero
Phone: 501-823-2657


San Jose Succotz
Latin America & Caribbean ,

SGP Country office contact

Mr. Leonel Requena
(501) 822-2462


UNDP Belize,3rd Floor, Lawrence Nicholas Building Complex ,P.O. Box 53,South Ring Road,
Belmopan, Central America