Planning for the Impacts of Climate Change on the Ecosystems linked to Sustainable Livelihoods of the Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve (TAMR)
Planning for the Impacts of Climate Change on the Ecosystems linked to Sustainable Livelihoods of the Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve (TAMR)
The goal of this project is to lay the foundation for establishing a continuous long-term monitoring of the health and productivity of the marine ecosystems of the Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve which will provide data to implement climate change adaptation measures. This project will engage fishery and tourism stakeholders to utilize community based management approaches, building their capacity in adaptive management that will result in immediate outputs and longer term outcomes benefiting the environment and the communities.

Specific Objectives:

1. Lay the foundation for establishing long-term monitoring of the impacts of elevated sea surface temperatures and increasing CO2 levels on coral reefs, seagrass and mangrove ecosystems, focusing on resilience and ecosystem functions.
2. Conduct mapping of fishing effort targeting lobster and conch, both within the central lagoon and the surrounding reef habitats.
3. Lay the foundation for establishing long-term monitoring of conch, lobster and finfish production, including environmental conditions such as temperature and CO2 levels.
4. Empower and build capacity of fishers and tourism sector partners to take active stewardship by participating in climate change adaptation, monitoring and management.
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Project Snapshot

Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Association
Area Of Work:
Climate Change Mitigation
International Waters
Grant Amount:
US$ 24,903.75
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 81,059.40
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Inovative Financial Mechanisms
At least 20 stakeholders both from the fishing and tourism sectors are trained as community researchers to assist in collection of data. Stakeholders will have increased knowledge and experience in data collection and understand how this information is translated into daily management of the fisheries and tourism sectors. They will be more involved in science and management and can make informed decisions about their choices and actions, which in the long term, will improve their livelihoods through more sustainable practices.
Notable Community Participation
Fishers will learn to better manage the benefits obtained and wisely save for the future. When men are out fishing the females take the roles by looking after the children. The females are always informed of the fishing activities by their husbands and are very aware of the challenges encountered nowadays out at sea. They know of the overfishing taking place, the race for fishing, security issues and of the severe changes in the weather being experienced. The kids see their father as their role model and especially the youths are very cognizant of the issues out at sea, which they highly appreciate the opportunities given to them through education and other commodities at home. In most cases whenever the father is out fishing, the male youths will take the role as being the man of the house and look after their mother and fellow siblings.
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Grantee Contact

Mr. Valdemar Andrade
Phone: +5016708272


1216 Blue Marlin Boulevard
Belize City , Belize District ,

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