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May 4, 2012

Jamal Galves wins regional awards because of his love of conservation

A local conservationist is the recipient of two regional awards. Jamal Galves, whom we call manatee boy because of his love of nature and the endangered species, is in Antigua on a training exercise. His colleague, Nicole Auil Gomez told News five that one of the awards will actually provide funds for further developing management strategies to keep the specie alive.


Nicole Auil Gomez, National Consultant, CZMAI

Nicole Auil Gomez

“Mister Jamal Galves; he received two awards this year. Right now he’s in Antigua attending a workshop. It’s a regional award so it is for the Caribbean and twelve recipients got this award throughout the Caribbean. This is the first year they are doing it for the Caribbean and he got it for his work with manatees. It is a training course as well where he is learning things in terms of how to implement better management strategies and he is going to be doing a two year project with other awardees after the training course which ended today. He’ll be back in country on Monday. He is also the recipient for a conservation leadership program award in which he was granted thirty thousand Belize dollars to implement a program for manatee conservation. And the program is looking at threats that affect manatees in the Belize River area. So he and a team of three others—Chantal Clarke and Samir Rosado from the Coastal Zone Management Authority institute as well as Mister Andre Reneau of Friends of Swallow Caye are going to be doing a project on how they can implement strategies to protect the animals around Belize River working with tour guides, tour operators, boat operators. It is an effort that they are going to be working also with different agencies: Coastal Zone, the Belize Port Authority, Friends of Swallow Caye as well as Sea to Shore Alliance

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