Monkey River Forest Inventory and Ecotourism Project
Monkey River Forest Inventory and Ecotourism Project
The Village of Monkey River lies on the southern coast of Belize and consists of about 30 families clustered on sandy beaches at the mouth of Monkey River. It is isolated and lies in a remarkable natural setting with abundant flora and fauna, perfect for ecotourism. I
Up to now, residents of the community have earned their living mainly through fishing. Over the past few years residents of Monkey River have become concerned about the protection of the natural resources in the area including the endangered black howler monkey after which the village is named. In late 2001 Hurricane Iris destroyed the village and much of the surrounding forest and wildlife. However the villagers have worked hard to rebuild their community and are increasingly concerned about the recovery of the forest, animals and birds of the area.
The project aims to instill a sense of stewardship among Village residents for the importance of the area’s biodiversity by
• conducting monthly wildlife inventories – howler monkeys, birds, morlets crocodiles, and small mammals -- to gain a better understanding of the status and distribution of biodiversity
• designing and establishing 4 jungle trails to showcase the howler monkeys and other endangered wildlife and birds that live in the riparian forest upriver
• training residents in field-survey techniques as a means of building local capacity.

The project will also offer opportunities in ecotourism as a means of increasing family incomes in Monkey River Village by:
• providing tour guide training that leads to certification by BTB for 35 residents of the Village.
• promoting tourism services, the natural beauty and flora and fauna of the area through a web site
• training 3 residents as booking agents to develop an understanding of the business of tourism.

 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
Monkey River Tour Guide Association
Country:
Belize
Area Of Work:
Biodiversity
Grant Amount:
US$ 20,191.50
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 5,035.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 500.00
Project Number:
BZE/03/01
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Capacity - Building Component
Residenst will receive tour guide training.
Notable Community Participation
Residents of Monkey River Village will particiate through • conducting monthly wildlife inventories – howler monkeys, birds, morlets crocodiles, and small mammals -- to gain a better understanding of the status and distribution of biodiversity • designing and establishing 4 jungle trails to showcase the howler monkeys and other endangered wildlife and birds that live in the riparian forest upriver
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Grantee Contact

Mr. Alex Garbutt
Phone: 501-623-8282
 

Address

Monkey River Village
Latin America & Caribbean ,
 

Website

http://www.monkeyrivermagic.com

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