Improving Management Effectiveness of Community Managed Protected Areas.
Improving Management Effectiveness of Community Managed Protected Areas.
As Belize’s environmental threats become more evident in the face of weak monitoring and enforcement capacities of the regulatory bodies, the need for effective co-managers is more pronounced.
Despite the effort in protecting large areas of land and marine environment, Belize faces increasing anthropocentric pressures that impact the biodiversity and viability of its protected areas.
The fundamental responsibility for ensuring the development and proper management of the national protected areas system lies with the Government. However, given its limited human, financial and technical resources to ensure proper management of the country’s extensive network of 94 protected areas, the Government has delegated management to conservation organizations which are responsible for the day-to-day management and administration of the protected areas, including staff recruitment and retention, staff supervision and development, expenditures and accounting, equipment procurement, and monitoring and evaluation. Given all these co-management responsibilities, the viability, capacity, financial security, and effectiveness of the organizations are critical factors for maintaining the integrity and diversity of the protected areas.
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Association of Protected Areas Management Organizations
Area Of Work:
Grant Amount:
US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 277,171.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 56,900.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed

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Project Characteristics and Results
Policy Influence
12. This project was designed based on the Protected Areas Policy and the goals that it sets out for increased community participation, financial sustainability and protected areas governance. The activities that were carried out were in line with institutional strengthening targets of GEF/SGP and the Government of Belize. Outputs such as the reporting template that was developed will ensure compliance and standardization of targets towards the goals identified.
Replication of project activities
replicationwill depend on the extent of application and use of the skills gained by the participants through this capacity building program and how this translates to better management of the organization. In regards to continuity and expansion, the capacity objective gains need to be sustained with APAMO secretariat ongoing mentoring and support utilizing the relevant training manuals and plans developed through this project. The business plan template and plan needs to continue to be utilized and rolled out with other groups in an improved manner with lessons learned and best practices based on the pilot group. There are various ways to replicate and expand this project. As indicated before, the training workshops carried out in the project were introductory courses. The next logical step should be an ‘intermediate’ course and another follow up ‘advanced’ level course. These courses could then be followed by a more practical training especially in specific management activities such as carrying out visitor satisfaction surveys, grant writing sessions, possible funding mobilizationworkshops to learn about new opportunities and the guidelines and requirements of each.
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OAK Foundation, and PACT

Grantee Contact

Mr. Jose Perez
Phone: 663-4291


#18 Haulover Creek St.
Belmopan , Cayo District , 501

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