Sustaining and Enhancing the Spanish Creek Wildlife Sanctuary for Biodiversity and Community Development
Sustaining and Enhancing the Spanish Creek Wildlife Sanctuary for Biodiversity and Community Development
The goal of this project is to protect the biodiversity of Spanish Creek Wildlife Sanctuary through co-management of the sanctuary, community livelihood improvement, and environmental awareness.

The sponsoring group, the Rancho Dolores Environment and Development Group, was formed in 1998 to promote sustainable management of natural resources in the area and bring related economic development to the village. The group is a registered community-based organization with eight executive officers. It includes all 35 families in the village.

The specifict objectives of this project are to: 1) co-manage the sanctuary and the environmental center, 2) improve community livelihoods related to eco-tourism, and 3) increase environmental awareness in the village.
The group will seek opportunities to establish MOUs with strategic partners to support these objectives as well as setting up an advisory committee to guide the implementation of project activities which include:
1.Conducting a Rapid Ecological Assessment,
2. Demarcating and placing signs along the boundaries,
3. Conducting a rapid management assessment,
4. Building an arts and crafts center,
5. Conducting environmental awareness.
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Project Snapshot

Rancho Dolores Environment and Development Group
Area Of Work:
Grant Amount:
US$ 49,500.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 21,110.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 86,383.15
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Capacity - Building Component
Community members will participate in arts and crafts and hospitality training. 6 people will receive tour guide training and the two staff members will be receive basic accounting and computer training.
Notable Community Participation
Consultation with the community occured during the design and development of the proposal. Community members will be involved in the construction of the Arts and Crafts Center and will participate in the Rapid Ecological Assessment and Rapid Managment Assessment.
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Grantee Contact

Ms. Cindy Joseph


Rancho Dolores Village, Belize District, Belize
Rancho Dolores Village , Latin America & Caribbean ,

SGP Country office contact

Mr. Leonel Requena
(501) 822-2462


UNDP Belize,3rd Floor, Lawrence Nicholas Building Complex ,P.O. Box 53,South Ring Road,
Belmopan, Central America