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Apr 12, 2019

PACT Grants $2.7 Million for Protected Areas Work

Back in December, the Protected Areas Conservation Trust awarded six point seven million dollars to support improved management of thirteen protected areas across the Belize National Protected Areas System. Earlier this week, they awarded another two point seven million dollars in grants to six local environmental N.G.O.s as a part of the second phase of its conservation investment for the fiscal year 2018-2019. The grants will be invested in eight protected areas over the next three years. Executive Director of PACT, Nayari Diaz-Perez, tells us more about what this round of investments mean for protected areas in Belize.

 

Nayari Diaz-Perez, Executive Director, PACT

“This money is going to be invested over the next three years. The investments are based on programs, ecosystems and activities that have been prioritized through a participatory process that took us about two years to get to this point. Two years of work where the organization basically repositioned itself to become more than just a donor operating in Belize, but rather to become more of a strategic partner to the government, as well as to the N.G.O. partners that are co-managing the protected areas.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“What does the significance of this award mean for the work on the ground within the national protected areas system in Belize?”

 

Nayari Diaz-Perez

“Essentially, what we are doing is that by investing on-site priorities which would include ecosystem and biodiversity protection, expanding current and new revenue generation mechanisms and also trying to expanding on the socio-economic benefits that protected areas bring to the local communities around them. We are supporting critical needs at the site level but it is also ensuring that we are advancing the achievements of our national development priorities, in particular, our national biodiversity goals that we have as a country. So, even though you might hear it is eight specific protected areas, really the cumulative impact of that is at the national level which is what PACT’s mandate is all about.”

 

The two point seven million dollars was awarded to the Sarteneja Alliance for Conservation and Development; Mayflower Bocawina National Park; Steadfast Tourism and Conservation Association; Ya’axche Conservation Trust and the Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management (SATIIM). This latest grant brings PACT’s total investments to nine point four million dollars committed into the National Protected Area System during 2018-2019.

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