Capacity Building for Southern Toledo Mayan Communities to Conserve Local Biodiversity Project
Capacity Building for Southern Toledo Mayan Communities to Conserve Local Biodiversity Project
TThe prevalent experience and perception in Toledo is that conservation entails the locking away of the resources of an area from the people, so, the idea of biodiversity conservation for sustainable development is not readily comprehended. Moreover, adherence to traditional practices of milpa farming (involving clearance of tracts of forest for corn production) and hunting have caused biodiversity loss, soil erosion and the siltation of water sources. It also means that villagers tend to think that natural resources will always be available to provide for their varying needs. However, older villagers readily lament the days when game meat and other forest products were more available and, based on existing local knowledge about forest resources, their use and availability, these misconceptions have to be addressed. Information and demonstrations concerning biodiversity friendly income generation needs be provided. The importance of adjusting to new or adapted practices within the context of increasing privatization of land (and therefore limited access to resources) has also to be communicated.

Hence there is the need for a series of training and awareness activities directed at rangers, key individuals and community groups, such as schools and for culturally pertinent interpretative environmental materials. The objectives of this proposal are:
To consolidate the conservation management of GSCP to serve as a community conservation model.
To build capacity of protected areas and conservation personnel in Toledo.
To raise the level of environmental awareness among buffer communities and to build support for biodiversity conservation at the local level.
To develop networks and links with other community based and conservation projects within the Toledo region and beyond
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
Golden Stream Corridor Preserve NGO
Country:
Belize
Area Of Work:
Biodiversity
Grant Amount:
US$ 45,487.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 12,850.00
Project Number:
BZE/01/05
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Capacity - Building Component
Six rangers were trained by the Forest Department and thirteen persons trained in the Leadership Environmental Awareness Programme (LEAP).
Notable Community Participation
The entire project was carried out with the direct participation of the local community which is comprised of Mayan people. The members of the Mayan community were trained in basic fire suppression methods in the wake of the large quantities of debris left by Hurricane Iris. Setting up tree nurseries was also included as part of the training received by Mayan community members within the broader scope of sustainable a forestry salvaging programme.
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Grantee Contact

Bartolo Teul
 

Address

PO Box 177, Punta Gorda Town, Toledo 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