ReefKeeper Ambassadors: Community Stewardship & Recycling Program
ReefKeeper Ambassadors: Community Stewardship & Recycling Program
The RK Ambassador Project aims to support and continue these efforts with targeted marine debris education to strengthen the community’s capacity to educate itself about the critical problem of plastic waste and initiate activism and a Blue Economy around cleaning up the environment. As a small organization, ReefKeeper Belize has been able to provide marine environmental education opportunities for a limited number of schools in the Stann Creek District since 2012, though with very successful results. It is now positioned to scale up and to replicate those results in all the schools in Dangriga and expand to several other rural stakeholder communities.

Goal

Strengthened collaboration with Fisheries Department, communities, and local stakeholders of SWCMR, with increased awareness and improved stewardship of the SWCMR and larger seascape

Improved awareness and stewardship of these ecosystems will be achieved through developing a collaborative engagement and outreach strategy, creating ReefKeeper Ambassadors (student interns and mentors), establishing environmental clubs in schools to sensitize participants about the impact of plastic pollution, and training and initiating a Blue Economy around reducing plastic pollution.

Purpose

Active collaboration among SWCMR stakeholder groups will further seascape conservation and increase the capacity of local stakeholders and engage local champions for improved marine stewardship, with a particular focus on plastic pollution, the hazards of plastic POPs, and the Blue Economy.

Objectives

The ReefKeeper Ambassador Project’s objectives are:
(1) To strengthen the collaboration with SWCMR, stakeholder groups, and communities to improve stakeholder engagement and stewardship
(2) To increase awareness of the importance of the BBRRS-WHS, coastal ecosystems, and Blue Economy
(3) To increase student’s and local stakeholder’s knowledge about the hazards of plastic POPs.

This project contributes towards meeting target A4 (4.2) of the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (2016), which identifies a critical need for greater engagement of students, and links with the SGP OP6 area “Community Landscapes/ Seascapes to “maintain globally significant biodiversity and the ecosystem goods and services that it provides to society”. The project also aligns with the SWCMR Community Engagement Strategy (2018) calling for increased collaboration with ReefKeeper to improve conservation of community seascapes in SWCMR.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
ReefKeeper Belize
Country:
Belize
Area Of Work:
Biodiversity
CapDev
International Waters
Grant Amount:
US$ 40,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 6,750.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 14,280.00
Project Number:
BZE/SGP/OP6/Y5/CORE/IWBE/2019/05
Status:
Currently under execution
Project Characteristics and Results
Inovative Financial Mechanisms
At all meetings and workshops, notes will be taken and post-workshop reports generated including results of pre and post evaluations, and a final report will be prepared summarizing outputs. The final report will be available on the RK website, social media, and printed. The public and stakeholders will be informed of mechanisms for participation by radio, TV, social media, and flyers. Lessons learned and good practices will be shared in newsletters, brochures, social media, press releases, video documentation, and with local partners / organizations. Where possible, the information will be presented at international conferences.
Promoting Public Awareness of Global Environment
In preparation for the proposal submission, RK consulted with the Belize Fisheries Department, Ministry of Education, and Belize Solid Waste Management Authority (BSWMA) to gain support for the project (see attached letters). RK will hold pre-planning participatory meetings with SWCMR. We will ask partner organizations to reach out to their stakeholders to advertise and encourage participation in meetings. ReefKeeper will host stakeholder meetings in Dangriga and advertise in multiple media to attract community members at large, agencies, teachers, service organizations, and environmental organizations to engage them in community education and planning, community beautification, and cleanups. Cordial letters of invitation and personal visits will be made to local teachers and principals, Ministry of Education, (BSWMA), Southeastern Watershed Alliance Group, and other conservation partners to ensure their participation in the Educational Needs Assessment. Individual meetings will be held with various key community groups (such as BTB/BTIA) to maximize community participation with collaborative project planning (including project evaluation) to ensure ownership and interest in the project. Overall, ReefKeeper will ensure that all of the messaging/communication stresses the importance of the project to the community our sincere desire to work collaboratively with all stakeholders to create an incentive for attendance.
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Grantee Contact

Ms. Lisa Mulcahy
Phone: 673-0572
Email: mulcahylt@hotmail.com
 

Address

#13 St. Luke Street
Belmopan , Cayo District ,

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