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Belize Fund for a Sustainable Future (BFSF) has appointed its Board

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Posted: Monday, June 27, 2022. 10:05 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: Nine men and women have been named to the Board of Directors of the Belize Fund for a Sustainable Future (BFSF), established following the signing of the Belize Blue Bond debt conversion agreement in November 2021 and put in charge of an estimated BZ$360 million dollars for Belizean conservation over the next 20 years.

A majority, five, of the members are from non-government organizations: Elmer Rodriguez, Belize Fisheries Council; Joel Verde, Belize Network of NGOs; Stewart Krohn; Belize Tourism Industry Association; Julie Robinson, The Nature Conservancy; and Vincent Palacio, University of Belize.

CEO in the Ministry of the Blue Economy and Civil Aviation Kennedy Carrillo heads the Government side, rounded out by Hannah Martinez, Ministry of Sustainable Development, Climate Change & Disaster Risk Reduction; Rene Nunez, Ministry of Finance; and former CEO in the Ministry of Civil Aviation; Lindsay Garbutt as Bipartisan Representative

Carrillo, appointed chairperson, states, “Public-private partnerships have always been a formula for success in protecting Belize’s environment. The composition of this Board embodies that partnership. With the increased investment in marine conservation that the Belize Fund will make possible, we can look forward to even greater success.”

Joel Verde, representing the Belize Network of NGOs, emphasized the role of non-government actors, saying that “The NGO community is very excited to have a seat on the Board of the new Belize Fund. NGOs have always been at the forefront of Belize’s sustainable development. This fund is a golden opportunity to multiply our efforts and to foster new partnerships across all sectors and communities to enhance our country’s marine conservation efforts.”

The Board’s first meeting was in April and it turns its energies to selecting an in-country team of technical and support staff, including a senior leader (the “Executive Director”), and having the fund fully operational by December 2022.

 

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