Posted: Sunday, December 27, 2020. 10:05 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: Friends for Conservation (FCD), co-manager Belize’s largest protected area, the Chiquibul, held its 21st annual general meeting virtually earlier this month. At this virtual meeting, FCD honored Second Lieutenant of the Belize Defence Force, Patrol Commander H.E. Williams, for his leadership and discipline in directing and leading patrols from the various conservation posts. According to FCD, Williams commitment at the frontline helps protect biodiversity.
FCD’s volunteer rangers work jointly with the army and others to protect and preserve the Chiquibul landscape, under a Joint Forces Protocol signed two years ago with the Ministry of National Security (currently Home Affairs), which defines each organization’s role in operations in the area.
Meanwhile, FCD reports that the agreement signed on July 14, 2020, with another environmental organization, Panthera, is yielding results. The collaboration allows Panthera to proceed with information gathering and management of jaguars and their prey species in the Chiquibul National Park, Chiquibul Forest Reserve and Vaca Forest Reserve and research in this area is well underway.
As part of the collaboration to track the activity of the jaguars and their prey species, cameras have been installed in various locations, including the Las Cuevas Research Station. In addition, Panthera recently conducted a training session for six FCD field staff on effective installation and maintenance of wildlife camera staff.
During the course of 2020, Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) has been kept busy with its work in safeguarding the Chiquibul Forest Reserve, National Park and outlying protected areas.
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