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PACT Awards $6.7 Million in investments to Protected Areas

Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2018. 8:22 am CST.

By BBN Staff:The Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) announced the award of a total of $6.7 million in targeted conservation investments for Belize’s National Protected Areas System (NPAS).

The total investment will be made through six local conservation organizations that collectively co-manage 12 protected areas.

 PACT also announced an additional $3.2 Million in the pipeline, which is expected to be committed by March 2019.

Collectively, this total $9.9 Million will be invested in targeted actions and ecosystems over the next 3 years (2019-2021) carrying with it, the potential to leverage a further $10 Million from other sources.

The six non-governmental organizations that PACT is partnering with for this investment are:

Ya’axché Conservation Trust, on behalf of the Bladen Nature Reserve, for a total investment of $1,000,000 in the programme entitled “Protection of natural heritage of Bladen Nature Reserve”;

Friends for Conservation and Development, on behalf of the Chiquibul National Park, for a total investment of $1,295,726.36 in the programme entitled “Instituting a Landscape Program for the Chiquibul Forest”;

Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Association, on behalf of the Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve, for a total investment of$1,045,500 in the programme entitled “Enhancing Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Association’s Management of the Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve, Assisting in Securing Belize’s Marine Biodiversity”;

Toledo Institute for Development and Environment, on behalf of the Port Honduras Marine Reserve and Payne’s Creek National Park, for a total investment of $1,752,000 in the programme entitled “Maintaining the effective and sustainable management of the resources within PHMR and PCNP”;

Belize Audubon Society, on behalf of the Half Moon Caye Natural Monument, Blue Hole Natural Monument, Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, Victoria Peak Natural Monument, and St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park, for a total investment of $990,000 in the programme entitled “Improving the management of BAS co-managed protected areas”;

Southern Environmental Association, on behalf of the Laughing Bird Caye National Park and Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve, for a total investment of $685,820.30 in the programme entitled “Improved protection and conservation of the ecosystems and biodiversity of LBCNP and GSSCMR”.

PACT says that it is thankful for the continued partnerships that enable it to improve its work in investing in Belize’s protected areas and looks forward to the success of these investments over the next 3 years.

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