Building the Capacity of Local tour guides for Responsible Tourism in Punta Gorda, a Coastal Community of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System World Heritage Site
Building the Capacity of Local tour guides for Responsible Tourism in Punta Gorda, a Coastal Community of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System World Heritage Site
To strengthen the capacity of the Toledo Tour Guide Association to promote responsible tourism practices among its members who utilize the marine resources for their livelihoods. This project builds on the success of previous projects both with GEF/COMPACT and Friends of World Heritage (FOWH) funding, with the main objective of providing an environment for the development of sustainable, environmentally-aware tourism in Punta Gorda, building the tourism products in which community members can be employed in tourism as alternative to traditional fishing.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
Toledo Tour Guide Association
Country:
Belize
Area Of Work:
International Waters
Grant Amount:
US$ 25,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 25,000.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 50,000.00
Project Number:
BZE/COMPACT/OP5/Y3/CORE/IW/14/01
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed

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Project Characteristics and Results
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods
? Fifty (50) local tour guides trained in CPR and First Aid; ? Thirty (30) local guides trained in Still Water Rescue; ? Fifty (50) local guides’ participation in Tour Guide Refresher Course; ? Four (4) Workshops on Responsible Marine Tourism Marketing & Communications (30 guides’ participation in each workshop); ? Two workshops on the importance of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System World Heritage Site for TTGA members and general public; ? Promotional materials for Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve (newsletters, advertisements, brochures, flyers, etc.).
Notable Community Participation
A major victory made possible by the project that was identified by participants as well was that one of the tour guides who participated in the project eventually moved on to successfully garner the “Tour Guide of the Year” award, which reflects positively on the effectiveness of the trainings offered during the project.
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Indicators
Empowerment
Number of indigenous people participated/involved in SGP project 100

Partnership

OAK Foundation

Grantee Contact

Mr. Denis Garbutt
Phone: 637-2000
Email: ttgabze@gmail.com
 

Address

#46 Front Street
Punta Gorda Town , Toledo District ,
 

Website

http://toledotourguideassociation.bz/

SGP Country office contact

Mr. Leonel Requena
Phone:
(501) 822-2462
Email:

Address

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