Harpy Eagle Reintroduction to Belize: A Support and Education Program
Harpy Eagle Reintroduction to Belize: A Support and Education Program
This project would support the reintroduction of an endangered raptor species to Belize through an educational and training program targeting residents in the communities adjacent to the Rio Bravo Management and Conservation Area lands where the first two specimens will be released. It seeks to complement the ambitious program being undertaken by the Peregrine Fund - Panama, to restore the Harpy Eagle (Harpia harpyja) within the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor. This project is designed to incorporate the local communities in every step, with the logic that community involvement in the reintroduction effort is a key factor to its success. The proposed 12-month project, scheduled to begin in June 2003, would have three major components. The first would be an education program designed to inform the community about the reintroduction program and educate residents about the natural history and importance of the species. The second component would be a bird guide training project for community members of Rancho Dolores, with the goal of building local capacity and improving community livelihoods, building on the tourism initiative started by that community while simultaneously serving as a catalyst for garnering interest in the protection of the species by other surrounding communities as they see the tangible benefits of having a program of this nature. The third element of the project would be the development of an on-site Birds of Prey program and Harpy Eagle exhibit at the Belize Zoo, which will help to bring about a greater awareness about Raptors in general and specifically the Harpy Eagle.



 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center
Country:
Belize
Area Of Work:
Biodiversity
Grant Amount:
US$ 49,453.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 34,085.21
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 5,425.00
Project Number:
BZE/03/02
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Capacity - Building Component
Community members from Rancho Dolores Village will be trained as bird guides with the goal of building local capacity and improving community livelihoods, building on the tourism initiative started by that community while simultaneously serving as a catalyst for garnering interest in the protection of the species by other surrounding communities as they see the tangible benefits of having a program of this nature.
Promoting Public Awareness of Global Environment
The project will involve an education program designed to inform the community about the reintroduction program and educate residents about the natural history and importance of the harpy eagle; this would entail a community educational outreach program with posters and school materials, along with a fifteen-minute documentary on the release effort.
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Grantee Contact

Mr. Celso Poot
 

Address

Mile 29 Western Highway
Belize , 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