Maintaining Rio Blanco National Park Safe and Secure while Increasing Sustainable Livelihoods in Local Indigenous Communities
Maintaining Rio Blanco National Park Safe and Secure while Increasing Sustainable Livelihoods in Local Indigenous Communities
This project seeks to improve the capacity of RBMA to sustainably manage the biodiversity resources in and around the Rio Blanco National Park. “Priority stakeholders are therefore the grassroots communities which work to safeguard conservation areas, biological corridors, while simultaneously improving their livelihoods.” And the CPS is even more specific: “In particular, affirming meaningful participation and capacity building of women, youth and indigenous peoples should be established across the landscapes/seascapes".

he project has three Objectives: 1.0: Improve park management to reduce security incidents 2.0: Improve the visitor experience at RBNP as shown by satisfaction surveys 3.0: Upgrade the Crafts Center to improve livelihoods of members of the women’s group by 20% over their 2016 income.
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Project Snapshot

Rio Blanco Mayan Association
Area Of Work:
Grant Amount:
US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 10,650.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 47,912.50
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Promoting Public Awareness of Global Environment
Alcaldes, members of the RBMA, and members of the Women’s Group will all sit on the Project Steering Committee. Part of their responsibility is to communicate with residents of the buffer villages and incorporate their ideas into the project. So at regular village meetings, updates will be given. A major event of the proposed project is Rio Blanco Day when all residents of the two communities are invited to come to the park and learn about park activities and accomplishments. Results of this project would certainly be a major topic of the presentations.
Inovative Financial Mechanisms
For Rio Blanco Day, PGTV will be invited to preare a video news spot of 4-5 minutes about the project, the Park, the Board and the communities. The clip will be shown weekly on PGTV in Punta Gorda. The brochures from the Women’s Group will inform local tourism operators of the new services available at the Park.
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Grantee Contact

Ms. Regina Choc
Phone: 501-624-0652


Rio Blanco National Park
Punta Gorda Town , 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