Enhancing Capacity of Green Creek Farmers Cooperative to Manage Community Conserved Area for Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Livelihoods
Enhancing Capacity of Green Creek Farmers Cooperative to Manage Community Conserved Area for Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Livelihoods
This project will be accomplished through the supply of infrastructure (road improvement), farmers’ capacity, raise awareness and provide training that will enable subsistence farmers to integrate and adapt smart agricultural practices, biodiversity protection, and conservation. The intervention will include the 1) development of forest zoning schemeto include a community conservation area through demarcation and zoning of the Cooperative’s land; and 2) road access improvement and capacity building of farmers in sustainable agricultural practices. The Green Creek Farmers’ Cooperative has opted to initially concentrate its efforts with community members of San Jose village.

This project harmonizes with GEF/SGP’s OP6 Community Landscape/Seascape Conservation. Land Degradation Focal Area and complements other projects in the region being co-funded by GEF/SGP within the MGL managed by Ya’axché Conservation Trust. The importance of an integrated community forest management project as echoed by existing organization such as Friends for Conservation and the wider Key Biodiversity Areas Project (KBA) is to reduce deforestation. Biodiversity and ecosystems conservation is also important for the management and protection of the Southern Forest Corridor of Belize. Therefore, this project aims to increase knowledge and understanding of the socioeconomic benefits of community-based forest conservation to drive future sustainable development.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
Ya'axche Conservation Trust
Country:
Belize
Area Of Work:
Biodiversity
CapDev
Land Degradation
Grant Amount:
US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 11,837.83
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 17,485.00
Project Number:
BZE/ICCA-GSI/2019/01
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Significant Participation of Indigenous Peoples
For this project, the appropriate governance and leadership model will be re-enforced for the proper project activities oversight from within the Cooperative. In phase one (development), the farmers will form part of the planning team along with Ya’axché for the preparation of the full proposal. This will entail several planning sessions to have key indicators established for the success of the project. Phase two: implementation of the project by GCFC will be in partnership with Ya’axché Conservation, who will collectively be granted oversight of the project by the Cooperative. Project members and key stakeholders will be involved in a) the development of a zonation schemeto demarcate and zone the 2,500 acres of land, and b) road access improvement and building the capacities of GCFC farmers by adopting climate-smart, sustainable agricultural practices. Men, women and youth of the cooperative and San Jose community will be targeted to take an active and participative role in this project. Assessing and monitoring the project will involve all key stakeholders to ensure that the project is being implemented in a sound and timely manner. Implementation of the project also takes into consideration the recruitment of volunteers, both local and international, as a partnership to be established with the University of Belize, The Resolution Project and Delaware State University.
Promoting Public Awareness of Global Environment
Information about the project will be shared with community members during community meetings and other events that occur within the region. These will include videos, photographs, publication of results of the project, participation in community-based events such as Village Bazaar, earth day and other public events. This project is as a result of the major conservation project in Belize which will not only be a new existing project but a venture that would encourage the establishment of a similar project for biodiversity protection and conservation.
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Partnership

Green Creek Farmers Cooperative

Grantee Contact

Ms. Christina Garcia
Phone: 501-722-0108
Email: christina.garcia@yaaxche.org
 

Address

P.O. BOX 177, #20 A GEORGE PRICE STREET
Punta Gorda Town , Latin America & Caribbean , 00501

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