Enhancing the Conservation and Sustainability of Light House Reef Atoll-Promoting Income Diversification Opportunities
Enhancing the Conservation and Sustainability of Light House Reef Atoll-Promoting Income Diversification Opportunities
The project goal is to enhance site level management of Half Moon Caye and Blue Hole Natural Monuments.
The objectives of this project are:
1. Strengthen and empower Chunox and Copper Bank Fishermen Associations through capacity building to improve participation in National policy and actions relating to sustainable fisheries resource management.
2. Building community support for conservation through the promotion of income diversification opportunities.
3. Improve BAS’ Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Program in order to make informed management decisions therefore improving site level management.
4. Strengthen BAS’ Environmental Education and Community Outreach program in Chunox and Copper Bank.
5. Enhance BAS' Educational Scholarship Program to offer alternatives to careers in fishing.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
Belize Audubon Society
Country:
Belize
Area Of Work:
Biodiversity
Grant Amount:
US$ 25,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 49,576.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 35,027.79
Project Number:
BZE/COMPACT/OP6/Y1/CORE/2015/02
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Inovative Financial Mechanisms
4 boat to boat meetings conducted with fishermen at LHRA to promote conservation best practices and sustainable fisheries management. Resulting in 120 fishermen who are more informed, as well as strengthening the relationship between BAS and the fishermen to reduce fishing pressure. A Report will be prepared outlining the good practices and lessons learnt of the "boat to boat" outreach efforts.
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods
A micro grants/loans scheme to invest in a sustainable supplementary livelihoods activity. Each of the 8 applicants will be offered a “loan/grant” not to exceed $2000 to invest in their alternative livelihood activity. Fifty percent (50%) of the total funds requested will be given as a grant and 50% as a loan requiring payback. The grants/loan scheme will be implemented through a partnership between BAS and the St. Francis Xavier Credit Union (for Chunox applicants) and the Copper Bank Community Credit Enterprise (for Copper Bank applicants).
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Indicators
Biophysical
Hectares of globally significant biodiversity area protected or sustainably managed by project 4046
Empowerment
Number of indigenous people participated/involved in SGP project 300

Partnership

Oak Foundation

Grantee Contact

Mr. Lucito Ayuso
Phone: 501-223-5004/4987/4988
Email: outreach@belizeaudubon.org
 

Address

P.O. Box 1001, 16 North Park Street
Belize City , Latin America & Caribbean ,

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