Updating the Voluntary Pledging System of Landowners /Memberships of the Community Baboon Sanctuary Belize River Valley
Updating the Voluntary Pledging System of Landowners /Memberships of the Community Baboon Sanctuary Belize River Valley
To conduct the revised model pledge, a through comprehensive research of property ownerships, leases, biophysical features, the 66-ft river buffer, and acreages that might have grown or diminished, interviews, fly overs, mapping of individual properties must be conducted. The current pledge system must be revised to include a unique specialized management model that incorporates both conservation of natural resources and sustainable development and is capable of flexible responses to change to achieve conservation targets while respecting individual holder’s property rights, and in line with the government of Belize land policy and within the framework of NPAPAS.
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Project Snapshot

Community Baboon Santuary Women's Conservation Group
Area Of Work:
Grant Amount:
US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 29,000.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 31,650.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Promoting Public Awareness of Global Environment
An important component of community initiatives is to share lessons and experiences from those initiatives with stakeholders including residents and other community based organizations. This process aids in getting community support and buy-in and in the case of other CBOs, it assists in improving on similar initiatives if and when they are replicated or scaled-up. In communicating the goals, activities, and results of the project with stakeholders, the CBSWCG will utilize various communication channels including: 1) Internet – use of Facebook and the group’s website 2) CBS Community Directory 3) Community bulletin boards 4) CBS Newsletter 5) Landowners Community Meetings 6) Partnership meeting with FD, DoE, MNR, rural Development, Village Councils
Project sustainability
Stakeholder ownership is one of the factors that will determine the sustainability of outcomes once the project has come to an end. The signing of the voluntary pledge by 38 landowners shows that landowners are still committed to maintaining the integrity of the CBS. Some landowners expressed that they signed because of their love for the wildlife and environment. The project also showed that some of the members are being lost and an investment in time by the CBSWCG will be needed to re-engage the landowners/members and develop a more mutually beneficial partnership. It was anticipated that this project would contribute to environmental sustainability through the protection of forest cover, and regeneration of the 66 ft river buffer zone against erosion and flooding. This project does contribute towards this objective with the repledging of the 38 landowners. The completion of the activities under the MOU with MFFE&SD will further support this objective through the formal recognition of the CBS as part of the NPAS. Overall, the project served as a demonstration project as it highlighted what really needs to be done to achieve the outcomes of a project of this scope and magnitude. A CBSWCG representative stated that this has surely been a lesson learnt for the CBSWCG.
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Grantee Contact

Mrs. Jessie Young
Phone: +501-245-2009


P. O Box 1428, Belize City
Belize City , 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