Increasing Manatee Conservation Awareness in Coastal Belizean Communities
Increasing Manatee Conservation Awareness in Coastal Belizean Communities
The Antillean or West Indian Manatee (Trichechus manatus manatus) is native to the western tropical atlantic, but primarily found along the southern coast of Florida and along the eastern coast of Central America. Belizean waters are believed to provide habitat for 300 - 700 Manatees, the largest population in Central America and the Caribbean. Manatees are endangered throughout its range and are protected internationally under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
Green Reef Environmental Institute is seeking to execute a national Manatee awareness campaign following the award-winning Promoting Protection Through Pride campaign model for target-species conservation pioneered by RARE Center for Tropical Conservation.
The Pride campaign envisioned for the present will be executed in four phases. Phase I of the campaign will entail formal training of the Education Coordinator in conservation education & awareness marketing in an intensive, 10-week program held at the University of Kent in the UK. Phase II of the campaign will entail the organization of community planning workshops & surveys to aid in tailoring of marketing activities to the target region of Coastal Belize. Phase III will entail campaign implementation and include more than 25 specific activities designed to raise public awareness of Manatee conservation needs, the legal basis for their protection, their economic value for tourism, and the importance of the protected areas that have been specifically designated for their protection in Belize. Phase IV will entail a 2-week campaign effectiveness evaluation and final reporting undertaken at the University of Kent.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
Green Reef environmental Institute
Country:
Belize
Area Of Work:
Biodiversity
Grant Amount:
US$ 49,775.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 53,534.50
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 4,346.00
Project Number:
BZE/02/03
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Promoting Public Awareness of Global Environment
A national education campaign targeting the endangered manatee to build local support for habitat and wildlife protection.
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Grantee Contact

Guillermo (Mito) Paz
 

Address

100 Coconut Drive, San Pedro Town
San Pedro , Latin America & Caribbean ,

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