By Benjamin Flowers: Today, the Government of Belize, via the Ministry of Blue Economy and Civil Aviation announced the establishment of a new conservation fund in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to commence work on the establishment of the new conservation fund for Belize.
The Ministry and TNC issued a joint statement explaining that their new agreement carries a component for the new conservation fund to disburse funding received from the Blue Bonds to projects and partners working in Belize to achieve conservation outcomes that are aligned with national marine and coastal conservation priorities.
According to the statement, government, non-government actors including non-profit organizations, civil society, academia, and private sector entities will have access to the funding.
“The Ministry of Blue Economy and Civil Aviation and TNC have initiated the consultative process to inform the establishment of the conservation fund and held a virtual information session on November 24, 2021. The information session was the first of a series of planned stakeholder engagements,” the joint statement added.
The first stakeholder session outlined the targets, goals for the conservation fund and gave it a 2022 timeline. There is also another stakeholder engagement workshop scheduled for January 2022 to discuss key topics related to the establishment and operation of the fund.
The ministry invited anyone with questions to submit them via email to [email protected]