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Annual Report 2011 - 2012 Published by: The Protected Areas Conservation Trust Design and Layout - Protected Areas Conservation Trust, Belize Printed in Belize, Central America
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ÂŠ 2012, The Protected Areas Conservation Trust, Belize Note: All dollar figures in this report are in Belize Dollars. $2 BZ Dollars is equivalent to $1 US Dollar.
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table of c o n t e n ts Message from the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries, and Sustainable Development. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..i Message from the Chair of the Board of Directors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ii Message from the Acting Executive Director. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iii Board of Directors and Advisory Council. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iv PACT Staff. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . v Organizational Chart. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . v Mission, Vision and Guiding Principles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vi What is PACT?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vii Highlights. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Grants Program m e. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 New Grants. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Grants Application, Selection and Approval Process. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Large Grants Program. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Medium-Sized Grants. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Small Grants Program. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Environmental Support Grants. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Capacity Building Program. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Capacity Development Grants. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 PACT Foundation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 MAR Fund. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Environmental Donations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . 17 Financial Report. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Audited Financial Report. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Internal Control Statement. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Protected Areas List. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Protected Areas Map. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Message from the M i n i s t e r of Fo r e s t r y, F i s h e r i e s a n d Sustainable Development The Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) continues to play a critical role in providing much needed financial resources for the management of Belizeâ€™s network of protected areas. We invite you to join us in yet another giant leap forward toward the transformation and continued success of PACT. With the multitude of threats facing conservation in Belize, as well as the scarce financial resources within managerial entities to respond to these threats, we must partner with each other, NGOs, CBOs, Ministries and individuals alike, to maximize available resources, minimize duplication of efforts and increase efficiencies. All efforts must be coordinated and partners must collaborate at all levels to bring about the optimal approach to the management of protected areas. Since its inception in 1997, PACT has financed more than 400 projects and invested over $20 million dollars in conservation and sustainable development. Since then, PACT has also gained international visibility for being a unique and innovative sustainable financing mechanism for conservation. The transparent and accountable systems of collecting revenues, investing, and managing grants are its key competences. Its public-private partnerships in implementing the National Protected Areas Policy and Systems Plan are its hallmark and PACT is now, once again, looking to further strengthen its ability to grow the fund. While these investments were well deserved by the recipients and accomplished a multitude of goals and objectives across the conservation spectrum, the challenges of climate change and environmental degradation demand our focus on specific areas and warrant larger investments to effectively combat these issues. PACT plans on further awarding significant financial resources to combat the effects of climate change on Belizeâ€™s natural resources, substantially reduce incursions into our protected areas, and further increase the sustainability of these resources for future generations. I implore all recipients to utilize these funds wisely and where possible use them to leverage other funds so the work can continue. We must take it upon ourselves to impart the knowledge, and teach our populace, especially our youths, to respect, accept and continue the work of conservation in this jewel of ours. PACT commits to increase its leveraging capacity to ensure a continuous increase in funding for protected areas. Be assured that the Government of Belize is cognizant of the vital role of and the indelible efforts of our stakeholders and collaborators in achieving effective and efficient management of Belizeâ€™s protected areas. I would like to acknowledge my predecessor and thank the Board of Directors and the Advisory Council, but also take this opportunity to thank all of you, especially those on the ground, for your continuous efforts in preserving our natural heritage. I assure you that we remain committed to sustaining a financial mechanism for protected areas within Belize and will strive even harder to working with all of you in this endeavour.
Senator Honorable Lisel Alamilla (Mrs.) Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development
Message from the C h a i r p e r s o the Board of Directors
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT), I am pleased to share the annual report for the fiscal year 2011-2012 and to highlight the organization’s significant achievements of this year. In September 2011, PACT was successfully accredited by the Adaptation Fund Board as the National Implementing Entity for Belize, the first for Central America, and the second for the Caribbean region. This accreditation is noteworthy as it is indicative of PACT possessing the excellent standards in governance, structure and operations which are required to be so accredited. Furthermore, this recognition has now positioned PACT to better support the country’s climate adaptation programs and more directly contribute to the efforts of its protected areas managers and stakeholders. As a result of its strong partnerships and networks, PACT was also able to leverage its funds to attract additional funding for Belize’s protected areas system.With its continued membership in the Mesoamerican Reef Fund (MAR Fund), PACT supported the process of securing a total of EUR 5 million in direct financing for marine/coastal protected areas in the region, including one of Belize’s marine protected areas in phase 1 of a project funded by the German Development Bank (KfW). In partnership with the National Protected Areas Secretariat (NPAS) and to complement its own grant of $300,000, PACT was also instrumental in successfully securing an additional grant of $400,000 for the operations of NPAS. In continuing to carry out its primary role of grant making and service to stakeholders, this fiscal year, PACT invested a total of $1,982,270 in new and ongoing grants, within a stakeholder-driven re-structured grants program. Simultaneously, the PACT team continued to strengthen partnerships with the MAR Fund and the PACT Foundation in operational management and co-financing of their respective grant programs. Finally, shortly before the close of this fiscal year, PACT was thrust into another phase of evolution as it was re-aligned under the newly created Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries, and Sustainable Development. As a result, there were some changes in the organization’s governance and administration and I take this opportunity to acknowledge the work of and thank former members who contributed to last year’s achievements. With this realignment also came the task of charting a new strategic direction for the institution in the national pursuit of a more functional and effective protected areas system.The Board of Directors stands committed and invites all our stakeholders and collaborators to be a part of this phase in the advancement of PACT. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I thank all our stakeholders and collaborators and especially the Executive Director and staff and anticipate your continued and dedicated support in the upcoming year.
Wendel Parham (Dr.) Chairperson
Message from the c t i n g E x e c u t i D i r e c t o r
It is with great pleasure that I present this annual report to you and summarize our accomplishments for fiscal year 2011-2012. Our greatest accomplishment and one that the country of Belize should be proud of, and not just the PACT family, is that PACT made leaps and bounds in the International arena during this year when we were accredited as the National Implementing Entity for the Adaptation Fund in Belize. Our financial and grant management systems were subjected to heavy scrutiny and it demonstrated that our standards and practices stood up to the test and were acceptable at the highest international level. Our grant investments for this year were $1,982,270 compared to $1,951,227 in the 2010-2011 fiscal year. We continue to work with our conservation partners as we improve our Grants Programme. In June 2011, we launched a revised Grants Manual with several new funding windows. For example, a Financial Aid funding window, the Medium sized Project Grant was re-introduced, and an Extraordinary support window was added. We revamped several funding windows including the Scholarship program which was phased out and we introduced an Environmental Fellowship program; and our Support Grants now renamed Environmental Support Grants. All this was done for the benefit of our stakeholders. PACT partnered with the University of Belize to award the first Environmental Fellowship Grant, to Mr. Raul Chun to pursue a Master of Science in Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development at UB. This award to Mr. Chun will not only develop local talents but more importantly will contribute to capacity building at the Forest Department and enhancement of conservation efforts. PACT successfully negotiated the provision of fiduciary management services to two projects which will come on stream in the next few years. These are the Management and Protection of Key Biodiversity Areas Project financed by the Global Environment Facility and the Belize Marine Conservation and Climate Adaptation project which will be financed by the Adaptation Fund. Under the project funded by the Adaptation Fund, the World Bank will be the Implementing Entity and PACT will be the Executing Agency, which speaks a lot to the high standards and quality of service that we provide at PACT. We continued to partner internationally through our memberships with the Latin American Network of Environmental Trust Funds (REDLAC) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Through these organizations we are able to build our institutional capacity and exchange knowledge and best practices. As we move forward at PACT, we thank all our supporters and collaborators and look forward with renewed enthusiasm to working with you next year. Yours in Conservation,
Natalie Rosado (Ms.) Acting Executive Director
b o a r d o f d i r e c t o r s Chair, Dr. Wendel Parham M inistry of F orestry , F isheries & S ustainable D evelopment Vice Chair, Mrs. Tracy Panton M inistry of tourism & C ulture Mrs. Candy Gonzalez J.D. B elize A lliance
N on -G overnmental O rganizations Mr. Earl Green B elize A udubon S ociety Ms. Diane Haylock N ational I nstitute of C ulture & H istory Dr. Ydahlia Metzgen-Quemarez F inance E xpert Mrs. Denise OcKey B elize N ational T our O perators A ssociation Mrs. Zita Perez M inistry of F inance Mr. Osmany Salas B elize T ourism I ndustry A ssociation Ms. Carolie Verde S arteneja A lliance for C onservation & D evelopment for
a d v i s o r y c o u n c i l Chair, Mr. Vincent Gillett C oastal Z one M anagement A uthority & I nstitute Dr. Leroy Almendarez F inance E xpert Mr. Abil Castaneda M inistry of T ourism Dr. Robin Coleman W ildlife C onservation S ociety Dr. Elma Kay U niversity of B elize Mr. Ovel Leonardo B elize F ishermen C ooperative A ssociation Mr. Wilber Sabido F orest D epartment Dr. Pio Saqui U niversity of B elize Ms. Armeid Thompson B elize T ourism B oard Ms. Beverly Wade F isheries D epartment Mr. Brian Woodye I nstitute of A rchaeology D epartment
t h e p a c t s t a f f Left to Right Front Row: Ms. Deidra Smith, Mrs. Angela Usher, Mrs. Modesta Cal, Ms. Ellen Arnold, Ms. Natalie Rosado, Ms. Lorena Ramirez, Mrs. M. Joyce Tun, and Mrs. Nayari Diaz-Perez. Second Row: Mr. Kerry Belisle, Ms. Farrah Tingling, Mr. Darrel Audinette, Mr. Michael Pipersburgh, Ms.Vanessia Burke, Mr. Mark Zelaya, Mr. Kevin Maddison, and Ms. Christine Valerio.
Board of Directors Executive Director
Associate Director - Grants
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Accountant Senior Grants Officer National Portfolio
Grants Officer Southern Portfolio
Grants Officer Northern Portfolio
Research and Information Officer
Accounts Clerk Office Assistant/ Driver Janitor
Grants Officer Capacity Building
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VISION PACT is a strategic partner in the funding, management, and sustainable development of Belize’s natural and cultural resources for the benefit of Belizeans and the global community. MISSION To contribute to the sustainable management and development of Belize’s natural and cultural heritage by providing effective funding support to protected areas.
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Guiding Principles »» Equity, transparency, accountability, and good governance are hallmarks of PACT »» The success of PACT as a National Trust Fund is dependent on its ability to continuously grow the fund »» Being responsive to protected areas and constituents’ needs is a permanent campaign of PACT »» Networking and engagement with constituents on a local, national and global scale is indispensable for PACT to deliver its mission »» PACT continuously sets new standards of efficiency in grant-making and delivery »» Effective communications is a key function of the day to day operations of PACT
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The Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) was established in 1996 as Belizeâ€™s National Conservation Trust Fund. It was legally established as a statutory body after several years of consultations and meetings with various non-governmental organizations, government departments, private sector and international conservation organizations.
Revenue is derived from three main sources:
1. A Conservation Fee of BZ $7.50 (US $3.75) per visitor paid upon departure. 2. Twenty percent (20%) commission from Cruise Ship Head Tax. 3. Investments and donations from agencies, corporations and interested individuals.
The revenue derived is invested back into the protected areas through PACTâ€™s Grants Programme. vii
West Indian Manatee Swallow Caye Wildlife Sanctuary
G r a n t s P r o g r amm e Our greatest success for this fiscal, for which we are very proud, occurred during the first and second quarters of fiscal year 2011-2012. This is the reengineering of the Grants Manual which was finalized, approved and presented to stakeholders. Some key features in the Manual include: allowing multiple organizations to merge to apply for larger grants, revamping the scholarship programme to an Environmental Fellowship at the Masters level focusing on specific disciplines, and instituting a multi-tiered granting scheme. This is directly in line with our 2011-2016 Strategic Plan. This fiscal year (2011-2012) PACT awarded a total of 30 New Grants to various ogranizations. Large Grants • 1 Medium-Sized Grants • 3 Small Grants • 3 Environmental Support Grants • 5 Capacity Building Grants • 13 Environmental Donations • 4 Planning Grants • 1
2 0 1 1 - 2 0 1 2 i n v e sm e n ts Project Grants - $1,932,336.00 Capacity Building - $49, 934.00 Promotion and Awareness - $52, 022.00 Networking REDLAC/IUCN - $85,982.00 Total Investments . $2,120,274.00
Project Grants Small Grants | Medium-Sized Grants | Large Grants Environmental Support Grants | Planning Grants | Financial Aid Grants
The purpose of PACT’s Grants Programme is to support protected areas projects through four funding areas: Protected Areas Management and Conservation | Protected Areas Promotion and Development | Environmental Education and Awareness | Community Development around Protected Areas
Capacity Building Grants Research Grants | Environmental Fellowships | Capacity Development Grants [Individual Professional Development Grants, Local Workshop/ Seminar Implementation Grants]
G r a n t s A p p l i c at i o n , S e l e c t i o n and Approval Process
Completeness and Eligibility by Project Officers
Technical Evaluation by Advisory Council
Board Evaluation Monitoring and Evaluation
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All project applications submitted to PACT undergo three levels of screening: an eligibility screening process by PACT’s Internal Screening Committee (ISC), a technical evaluation by the Advisory Council (AC) and a final review by PACT’s Board of Directors (BoD) who then makes the final decision on all grants. The first screening process by the ISC ensures the completeness of the application and general evaluation of the application. The Advisory Council then focuses on the technical merits, feasibility and relevance of the application to PACT’s mission, strategic plan, National Protected Areas Policy and Systems Plan (NPAPSP) and any other relevant policy. Lastly, projects recommended by the AC are presented to the BoD for final consideration.
For more on the Grants Programme and to read more on the Project Features, visit our website: www
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This fiscal year, PACT successfully closed two Large Grants and awarded one new grant to Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD). Under the Large Grants Program, prospective grantees develop proposals with direct contribution to the National Protected Areas System and its connectivity with other regional management regimes. Fi s h e r i
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List Towards the Sustainability of the Marine Reserve Network in Belize Fisheries Department • $455,501.55 Approved: Mar.31.2009 | Duration: 2 years 5 months | Status: Completed Objectives 1. Strengthened the central operational center in the Marine Reserve Network 2. Decreased illegal activities 3. Increased public awareness on marine protected areas of Belize 4. Minimized user conflicts and abolished anchor damage in the marine protected areas and highly visited recreation areas 5. Enhanced staff capacity in monitoring, research, enforcement, environmental education and public relations
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Support for Capacity Building for Improved Protected Areas Management in Belize Association of Protected Areas Management Organization • $236,189.10 Approved: Feb.19.2010 | Duration: 1 year 8 months | Status: Completed Objectives 1. Increased the institutional capacity of at least 4 conservation CBO’s in four key governance and management areas 2. Improved the management and conservation of 4 protected areas through increased capacity of at least 4 CBO’s Reinforcing Management Efforts in the Maya Mountains Phase 1 Friends for Conservation and Development • $300,000.00 Approved: Nov.22.2011 | Duration: 2 years | Status: Ongoing Objectives 1. To halt the human footprint expansion in southern Chiquibul through the installation of a conservation post through a well coordinated joint forces unit comprised of BDF, Police, Forest Department and FCD personnel
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Sized Grants For this fiscal year, PACT awarded 3 Medium-Sized Grants at a total value of $299,992.56. All 3 projects are expected to be completed within a year. The Medium-Sized Grants Programme was reintroduced this fiscal year in the reengineering of the Grants Manual. Medium-Sized Grants are awarded to governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations or to several organizations partnering to apply for a larger grant for projects within a specific protected area or several protected areas within the National Protected Areas System which contributes to advancing the implementation of the National Protected Areas System Plan. fc d
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Strengthening Enforcement in the Chiquibul Hotspot Areas Friends for Conservation and Development • $100,000.00 Approved: Jan.25.2012 • Duration: 1 year • Status: Ongoing
Applied Science Guiding Adaptive Management within GSSCMR & SCMR Southern Environmental Association • $99,992.56 Approved: Jan.25.2012 • Duration: 1 year • Status: Ongoing
Objectives 1. Efficiently execute FCD’s enforcement program 2. Apply a Management Effectiveness System for reporting performance to key stakeholders 3. Improve database program to understand knowledge of biodiversity 4. Upgrade the two conservation posts at Rio Blanco and Tapir Camp 5. Maintain a robust patrol system in hotspot areas to reduce environmental degradation
Objectives 1. Efficiently execute SEA’s scientific monitoring program within GSSCMR and SCMR 2. Revise and enhance licensing mechanism to regulate fishing at GSSCMR spawning aggregation site Enhancing Biodiversity Monitoring Program in Bladen Nature Reserve Ya’axche Conservation Trust • $100,000.00 Approved: Jan.25.2012 • Duration: 1 year • Status: Ongoing Objectives 1. Strengthen data collection accuracy and data entry skills of rangers 2. Implement new monitoring methodologies of strategically identified factors/species and include in long-term monitoring plan 3. Further the biodiversity monitoring of birds and mammals
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B The Chiquibul Forest (Chiquibul National Park, Chiquibul Forest Reserve and Caracol Archaeological Reserve) comprises more than 30 percent of the terrestrial conservation zone of the country, and approximately 7.7 percent of Belize’s land mass. It is also home to the largest protected area of Belize, the Chiquibul National Park. Although considered one of the most prized areas of the protected area system and the country, this region continues to be under a diverse set of threats, primarily arising from a trans-boundary nature. The Forest Department and the Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) have been working together to manage this area and since 2005, PACT has been investing in these management efforts.
GSSCMR lies within the central region of the Barrier Reef off the coast of Placencia Village. This area of Barrier Reef contains the best-developed and most continuous reef due to its elevation, good water quality, and modified wave regime. SCMR encompasses the southernmost section of the Belize Barrier Reef.The reserve includes twelve sand or mangrove cayes; namely, Northeast Sapodilla Caye, Frank’s Cayes main, east and west, Nicholas Caye, Hunting Caye, Lime Caye, Ragged Caye, Seal Cayes I and II, and two unnamed sand cayes. PACT continues to invest in conservation of the Bladen Nature Reserve, one of only two nature reserves in the country that employs the strictest form of conservation management. Bladen Nature Reserve encompasses 100,000 acres of pristine natural forest in southern Belize. Bladen is home to Belize’s unique wildlife including Harpy Eagles, Scarlet Macaws and the five cat species in Belize (Ocelot, Puma, Jaguar, Margay, Jaguarundi).
Small Grants This fiscal year, PACT awarded 3 Small Grants at a total value of $113,537.50. The Small Grants Program was established in 1997 and is the first grant program at PACT. Its purpose is to provide financial support primarily to Community Based Organizations for protected areas management and conservation.
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List Support to Enforcement Program Sarteneja Alliance for Conservation and Developemnt • $24, 000.00 Approved: Jun.6.2011 • Duration: 1 year • Status: Ongoing Objective 1. To strengthen the patrol unit at Corozal Bay Wildlife Sanctuary for imrpoved survellience, enforcement and field monitoring. Proactive Management Strategies for the Corozal Bay Wildlife Sanctuary Sarteneja Alliance for Conservation and Development • $29,537.50 Approved: Jan.25.2012 • Duration: 1 year • Status: Ongoing Objective 1. To strengthen baseline of water parameters for Corozal Bay Wildlife Sanctuary for informed climate change adaptation planning.
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CBS Community Development and Conservation Project Community Baboon Sanctuary Womens Conservation Group • $60,000.00 Approved: Jan.25.2012 • Duration: 1 year • Status: Ongoing Objectives 1. To strengthen the institutional capacity of the CBSWCG to develop and manage programs 2. To maintain the population of Howler Monkeys through the preservation of the ecosystems in which they live.
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C C BS Sarteneja Alliance for Conservation and Development’s (SACD) project is proactive in addressing critical climate change issues for improved long term management effectiveness. Currently, there is limited understanding of the ways in which climate change will affect the aquatic systems of Corozal Bay Wildlife Sanctuary (CBWS) and since Northeast Belize has a high risk climate change status it is important for management to be aware of such information. CBWS is a part of the Belize Barrier Reef System, the world’s second longest barrier reef. This Wildlife Sanctuary protects habitats for many species of concern, among them the critically endangered Goliath Grouper (Epinephelus itajara), and the Hawksbill Sea Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata). The vulnerable West Indian Manatee (Trichechus manatus manatus) also inhabits the area and the south of the bay protects the only known Bull Shark nursery in Belize. SACD will also work to involve the community in the project in an effort to increase their appreciation for the CBWS.The five direct stakeholder communities are Corozal, Consejo, Copper Bank, Chunox, and Sarteneja. The Community Baboon Sanctuary is a voluntary grassroots conservation project with a goal of sustaining the habitat of the Black Howler Monkey while promoting economic development in the participating communities. Over 200 private landowners in seven communities of the Belize River Valley (stretching over 20 square miles) have voluntarily pledged to conserve their land for the protection of the Black Howler Monkey habitat.The communities include Big Falls/St. Paul’s Bank, Willow’s Bank, Double Head Cabbage, Bermudian Landing, Isabella Bank, Scotland Half-Moon and Flowers Bank.Today the Black Howler Monkey population has risen to over 2,000.This investment will support the preparation of the management plan for the 25 acre sanctuary and brings PACT’s investment in this protected area to almost $70,000 for this fiscal year (2011-2012).
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This fiscal year, PACT awarded 5 Environmental Support Grants at a total value of $50,991.26.
PACT provides financial assistance to eligible organizations, associations, groups and schools, to develop and implement projects,activities or initiatives that promote conservation and preservation of Belize’s natural and cultural resources.
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Primate Rehabilitation Programme to Wildtracks Wildtracks $3,356.76 • Approved: Feb.8.2011 Duration: 1 month • Status: Completed
Turtle Nesting Training and Community Awareness Campaign Gales Point Wildlife Sanctuary Community Management Committee $10,000.00 • Approved: Jul.4.2011 Duration: 6 months • Status: Completed
Earth Day 2011- Walk For a Green Belize Belize Audubon Society $6,000.00 • Approved: Apr.9.2011 Duration: 3 months • Status: Completed
Fallet A.Young Environmental Programme Community Baboon Sanctuary Women’s Conservation Group $6,634.50 • Approved: Aug.3.2011 Duration: 2 months • Status: Completed
Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Forest Fire Control Programme for Belize $25,000.00 • Approved: Jun.16.2011 Duration: 2 months • Status: Completed
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Building Grants This year, PACT awarded a total of 13 Capacity Building Grants at a total sum of $88,784.65 of which 12 were Capacity Development Grants and 1 was an Environmental Fellowship Grant. PACT also continues to administer 2 Research Grants. The Capacity Building Grants Programme is comprised of 4 grant types: Research Grants, Capacity Development Grants (Individual Professional Development Grants and Local Workshop/ Seminar Grants) and Environmental Fellowship Grants. Research Grants are awarded to support the establishment of a scientific information base for effective biodiversity management and implementation of the National Protected Areas System Plan. Capacity Development Grants are awarded to eligible organizations for formal, short term training and capacity building activities with the aim of strengthening human resource capacity for improved protected areas management. The Scholarship Program was revamped and is now the Environmental Fellowship Grant. These grants are designed to provide financial assistance to dynamic and successful mid-career and/or senior professional Belizeans accepted to attend recognized institutions locally, regionally or in ternationally or distance learning programs to earn a Master’s degree. PACT awarded the first Environmental Fellowship Grant this fiscal year for a Master’s Degree at the University of Belize / University of the West Indies. i
Research Grants Spatial Ecology and Conservation of the Jaguar (Panthera Onca) in Belize To provide new information on spatial ecology, behavior and diet of Jaguars in central Belize, information that is necessary to help guide management and conservation of this region Omar Figueroa • $28,227.95 Approved: Nov.30.2007 • Status: Ongoing Long Term Patterns of Recovery in Mangrove Forests and Island Changes from Hurricanes at Turneffe Atoll, Belize To quantify the efforts of disturbance from Hurricane Hattie (1961) and subsequent storms on the community and landscape level ecosystem dynamics in mangrove forest at Turneffe Atoll Faustino Chi • $19,940.00 Approved: Jan.7.2008 • Status: Ongoing
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O n g o i n g C a pac i t y B u i l d i n g G r a n t s Environmental Fellowship Grant Master’s Degree in Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development in the Caribbean at University of Belize / University of the West Indies Raul Chun • $20,000.00 • Duration: 18 months Approved: Oct.21.2011 • Status: Ongoing
Download Faustino Chi’s Thesis: http://eprints.eriub.org/1330/
O n g o i n g C a pac i t y D e v e l o p m e n t G r a n t s
Local Workshop / Seminar Grants and Individual Professional Development Grants ArcGIS-Geographical Information Systems and Spatial Mapping The course should cover the basics of GIS applications and the use of the ArcGIS software for mapping, data analysis, simulations and Geodatabase development and management, among other uses. Friends of Swallow Caye • $3,245.00 • Approved: Oct.12.2011 • Status: Ongoing Fire Management Training Exchange The training will provide the participants with the knowledge and skills to more effectively control wildfires in Belize especially in Southern Belize. The training will also help to build the capacity of the Southern Belize Fire Working Group. Toledo Institute for Development and Environment • $5,500.00 • Approved: Nov.4.2011 • Status: Ongoing New Approaches to Studies of Home Range, Habitat Selection and Space Use This workshop will allow the participant to gain knowledge in various aspects of conservation biology and spatial ecology to improve the data collection and analysis protocol utilized in this research and others carried out by the applicant. Birds Without Borders • $6,400.00 • Approved: Dec.22.2011 • Status: Ongoing
Local Workshop / Seminar Grants and Individual Professional Development Grants 2012 Global MPA Enforcement Conference This conference is being facilitated through WildAid, an international organization whose mandate is to reduce global biodiversity pressures from the illegal wildlife trade through public awareness and wildlife protection. Southern Environmental Association • $6,000.00 • Approved: Jan.27.2012 • Status: Ongoing XXI Curso Internacional de Manejo de Areas Protegidas This course is expected to engage participants in many concepts, principles, and techniques in PA management and will provide practical experiences to improve their professional capacity for managing their respective PA. Belize Fisheries Department • $13,103.75 • Duration: Jul.6 - Aug.6.2011 Summer Teacher Institute in Environmental Studies and Culture 2011 Seeks to bring together teachers of the Cayo District for an exchange with their counterparts from the USA focused on Environmental Education, Protected Areas Management, Cultural Diversity and Eco-tourism using a hand-on experimental learning approach. Belize Foundation for Conservation • $6,699.30 • Duration: Jul.11 - 15, 2011 UNEP-CEP/CaMPAM Training of Trainers Course in Marine Protected Areas Management (ToT) Two co-managers to attend and participate in this 2 week training initiative being coordinated in Belize with the UNEP-CEP and the Caribbean Marine Protected Area Managers Network (CaMPAM). The training will cover a wide array of topics in marine protected areas management including research and monitoring. Belize Fisheries Department • $2,849.00 • Duration: Sep.12 - 23, 2011 2nd National Workshop on the Development of Belize’s National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI): Enabling Sustainable Development through Equitable Access to Information The NSDI attempts to engage all relevant stakeholders in standardizing available spatial data, develop and implement new policies, and establish a national GIS protocol to ensure data produced by various stakeholders are relevant. Land Information Centre • $7,887.60 • Duration: Nov.9 - 11, 2011 Introduction to Practical Statistics for Marine Biologists The applicant is interested in conducting a training of 12 of its marine biologists from its Marine Protected Area system in practical statistics. It is expected that this training will help to enhance the capacity of the department in data collection, analysis and reporting to improve resource management. Belize Fisheries Department • $6750.00 • Duration: Dec.12.2011 - Apr.20.2012 New Techniques for the analysis of Biodiversity Data: from functional diversity to environmental services To undertake a short course in Biodiversity data gathering and analysis at CATIE, Costa Rica. Friends for Conservation and Development • $3,970.00 • Duration: Jul.11 - 15.2011 Support thesis work for Forest Officer-David Perera “Comparison of the efficiency of two band saw mills in Belize” This research will compare the milling processes utilized in Belize that uses two different sources of energy: horse driven mill versus diesel fuel mill , and compare the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of both mills. Moreover, it will help to establish milling processes that provides the best results in the efficiency and sustainability of the conversion of logs to lumber. Such data would help the forest department to establish policies and requirements for the logging and milling industry in Belize. Belize Forest Department • $3,000.00 • Duration: Aug.11.2011 - Feb.8.2012 19th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals The conference will provide the opportunity for the participants to learn about new and innovative tools and techniques utilized around the world for the conservation of marine mammals. Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute • $3,380.00 • Duration: Nov.26 - Dec.2.2011
PA C T
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A product of this agreement was the creation of the PACT Foundation—officially established in November 2004. The PACT Foundation; along with the Belize Audubon Society, Programme for Belize, and the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment; are the beneficiaries of this first Debt for Nature Swap.Through this agreement, these four organizations receive monthly contributions from the Government of Belize. The role of the PACT Foundation as per the TFCA was to establish an endowment account with the funds received from the Debt for Nature Swap and issue Small Grants from the interest income earned. Recipients of these Small Grants would not include the NGOs partaking in this agreement. The PACT Foundation is a separate legal entity from the PACT Trust, but the Trust serves as the administrator of the Foundation’s Grants Program.
The Government of Belize signed the Debt for Nature Swap with the US Government and local NGOs on September 28, 2001. This agreement required the US Government, with funds from The Nature Conservancy, to retire $18 million in debt from the Government of Belize. In return, the Belizean Government would issue two bonds in the amount of $14.4 million which would be used in collaboration with local NGOs to protect valuable forests in the country. The local NGOs were committed to conserve and manage tropical forests and use the endowments for continued conservation efforts. This agreement became known as the Tropical Forest Conservation Agreement (TFCA).
This year, 3 new grants were awarded by the PACT Foundation, totalling $116,823.75.
Through this agreement, funding is provided to registered management organizations of terrestrial protected areas to carry out projects in the areas of general park management and protection, environmental education, equipment, training and research. Under the PACT Foundation Grants Program, prospective grantees submit proposals in response to “Calls for Proposals” which are advertised at least once a year for grants up to $39,000.00.
O n g o i n g PA C T F o u n d a t i o n G r a n t s
Critical Support to Mangrove Forest Protection at Swallow Caye Wildlife Sanctuary Assistance for general management needs to improve employee working conditions and to train rangers in research to contribute to mangrove forest protection in Swallow Caye Wildlife Sanctuary. So far, the one ranger has been hired and he is now working closely with two interns from ECOSUR in mangrove research and Sanctuary management. In addition, boat equipment, a portable toilet, sink, plumbing, telephone, and basic research equipment have been procured for the Ranger Station and the FOSC Main Office. Friends of Swallow Caye • $39,000.00 • Approved: Oct.7.2011 • Status: Ongoing Reducing Deforestation and Enhancing Biodiversity Protection in the Sarstoon Temash Region This project supports SATIIM’s co-management of the Sarstoon Temash National Park, including five community rangers who conduct joint monthly foot and river patrols with the Belize Defence Force in and around the Park and along the Sarstoon River to monitor biodiversity and illegal activities (including illegal logging). Joint environmental education programs will be conducted in local schools with teachers and rangers. A birder training course will allow for the promotion of sustainable livelihoods and conservation. Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management • $38,823.75 • Approved: Oct.11.2011 • Status: Ongoing Strengthening the Protection and Monitoring of Biodiversity within the Maya Golden Landscape This project will strengthen the enforcement of protected areas laws within the Maya Golden Landscape, in the Toledo District, by maintaining frequent ranger patrols in high risk areas. During patrols conducted in partnership with the Belize Defense Force (BDF), rangers encountered armed Xateros and high levels of illegal activity in the Western region of Bladen Nature Reserve. Ya’axche Conservation Trust • $39,000.00 • Approved: Nov.11.2011 • Status: Ongoing
M AR F u n d P r o j e c t s
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This fiscal year, MAR Fund awared 4 Grants at a total value of $423,556.05 to organizations in Belize. The Mesoamerican Reef Fund (MAR Fund) is a private, nonprofit corporation created by four environmental funds from Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and México as a financial mechanism for conservation and adequate resource use in the Mesoamerican Reef Eco-region. MAR Fund’s mission is to conserve the resources and natural processes in the Mesoamerican Reef region for the benefit of present and future generations through management; technical and financial support for priority areas; and issues such as water quality, sustainable tourism, sustainable fisheries and institutional strengthening. Under the MAR Fund Grants Program, prospective grantees submit proposals in response to “Call for Proposals” which are advertised as least once a year for grants up to $100,000.00. PACT serves as the administrator for the MAR Fund Grants Program in Belize.
O n g o i n g M AR F u n d G r a n t s
Improving Fisheries Management and Biodiversity Conservation in the Port Honduras Marine Reserve (PHMR) Toledo Institute for Developemnt and Environment • $65,820.00 Approved: Aug.13.2011 • Status: Ongoing
Maintaining Enforcement Presence in the Southern Belize Reef Complex (SBRC) Southern Environmental Association • $131,740.05 Approved: Nov.25.2011 • Status: Ongoing
Objectives 1. Increase survival rates of Hawksbill Sea Turtles by re-locating nests to higher ground on beaches in PHMR 2. Provide training on monitoring and data management for field staff and fishermen with managed access licenses 3. Conduct a feasibility study on the restoration of Abalone Caye ranger station and construct a coastal defence to prevent further erosion to protect existing managed access facilities 4. Maintain a robust patrol system in hotspot areas to reduce degradation
Objectives 1. Reduce fishing violations in the SBRC by 10% when compared to the 2011 levels 2. Make informed and adaptive management decisions based on enforcement data analysis 3. Continue support and engagement from key stakeholder groups and community rangers
Enforcement Enhancement at the South Water Caye Marine Reserve Belize Fisheries Department • $95,496.00 Approved: Sep.13.2011 • Status: Ongoing Objectives 1. Conduct robust enforcement program to reduce illegal activities by 25% and conduct fishery dependent monitoring program on catch per unit effort 2. Enhance human capacity to reduce court prosecution losses and for longterm benefit of assets acquired
*In partnership with Summit Foundation
Strengthening Special Enforcement for Fisheries in the Southern Belize Reef Complex (SBRC) Southern Environmental Association • $130,500.00 Approved: Feb.21.2012 • Status: Ongoing Objectives 1. Reduce the illegal gishing activity within the SBRC through continuous support of a strong and effective interagency enforcement team working in collaboration with local community members and relevant government agencies and an increased awareness of fisheries laws and regulations.
*In partnership with Summit Foundation
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D o n at i o n s
Promotion of Community Baboon Sanctuary at the National Agriculture and Trade Show Community Baboon Sanctuary Women’s Conservation Group • $1,100.00 • Approved: Apr.28.2011 Manatee Sand Sculpture Competition Friends of Swallow Caye • $900.00 • Approved: Apr.28.2011 Support to First Place Winner of Belize Lionfish Project ECO-MAR • $4,000.00 • Approved: Jun.10.2011 5 Day Environmental Summer Camp Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management • $3,000.00 • Approved: Jul.4.2011
Planning Grant Albion Rehabilitation and Development Project San Antonio/ San Roman Village Council • $5,000.00 • Approved: Feb.13.2012
f i n a n c i a l R e p o rt The fiscal year ended March 31, 2012 saw the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) grow its revenues by some 2% while keeping a tight lid on administrative expenses. This combined with an 18% increase in Grants output summarizes what was another successful year of service to our partners in protected areas management. Cruise Passenger Head Tax Commissions and PACT Fees collected from departing non-Belizeans continue to account for the largest share of PACT’s gross revenues. They contributed a combined $3.9 million to this year’s earnings representing 88% of PACT’s total income. While their combined performance continues to be robust, earnings from cruise commissions at $2.07 million outpaced that of departing visitor taxes at which contributed a tad less at $1.97 million. However, while the earnings in both these categories marginally outperformed the previous year, the picture was not as optimistic in interest income category as the impacts of a retreat to lower interest rates across the financial system saw a decline in this revenue category of 15% down to $511,000.00. Overall, however, the organization continued to strengthen its relationships with partner agencies and with increased monitoring and improved efficiency of collections efforts we were able to maximize performance in revenue collections. As PACT continues to improve its own capacity for service as the National Trust responsible for the financing of protected areas, the organization fully embraces the importance of containing it operating costs in an environment of subdued revenue growth. This year, the organization’s total administrative expense grew by 2% percent to just over $1.2 million which represented 27.5% of the year’s gross revenues and a mild improvement on last year’s ratio. The organization’s expenditure on the Grants Programme for this year increased by over $325,000.00—a full 18.6% improvement on last year. This year PACT also managed to grow its endowment fund by 14% which now stands at $4.8 million. This growth is complemented by an improved balance sheet with total assets of $10.5 million up from $8.3 million dollars in the previous year. PACT’s potential for improved resource mobilization was even further enhanced as the organization successfully attained an accreditation by the Adaptation Fund Board. This was earned largely on the core strengths of transparency and accountability both rooted in a strong governance structure and with the full support and endorsement of the Government of Belize.This accomplishment has now opened the door for PACT, on behalf of the country, to access up to USD 10 million for select climate adaptation projects over the next five years. PACT’s Finance Department will continue to build on its successes and pursue a path of prudent fiscal management while maintaining close collaboration with its partners in order to best to support the mission of the organization.
Performance & Expenditure Distribution Revenue Performance 2011 - 2012 Interest Earned on Investments • 11%
Cruise Commission • 43%
Conservation Fees • 46%
Expenditure Distribution 2011 - 2012 Cost of Goods Sold • 3% Net Income • 18% Administrative Expenses • 27%
Appropriation Endowment • 5%
Program Budget Expenditures • 47%
Grant Investments 2011 - 2012
PACT Promotion & Awareness • 2% Networking REDLAC/IUCN • 4% Capacity Building & Scholarship • 2%
Project Grants • 91%
The Protected Areas Conservation Trust is committed to a culture and organizational structure that upholds the following principles: • Equity, transparency, accountability, and good governance. • Continuous fund growth and responsiveness to protected areas and constituents’ needs on a local, national and global scale. • Continuously setting new standards of efficiency in grant-making and delivery. • Effective communications to support of the day to day operations of PACT. • Programmatic funding that will lead to the benefit of as wide a stakeholder interest as possible.
PACT Governance structure
The highest decision making body of the Trust Fund is its Board of Directors. PACT enjoys the unique distinction as the only statutory authority in Belize in which the board has autonomy in its selection of its board members and chairperson. While as a statutory authority it cannot be an independent trust fund, its legislation has allowed for a substantive level of autonomy from the Government of Belize.
Board Composition and function
The Board of Directors of the Protected Areas Conservation Trust is appointed in accordance with the Protected Areas Conservation Trust Act Chapter 218 Revised Edition 2003 part (ii) section (4). The Board comprises eleven (11) members of which three (3) represent the non-government organizations, two represent the tourism industry, four for the Government of Belize, the Executive director and one financial expert elected by members of the board. The Board is guided in its roles and responsibilities as outlined in the PACT Act part II Delegation of powers and the board manual of March 2011 and has the executive control and management of the affairs of the Trust. It is ultimately responsible for the Trust’s effective and efficient administration. The Board meets on a quarterly basis and generally makes rules of the Trust for the proper oversight of its affairs as is provided for in Section 13 of the Act.
Executive management PACT’s daily operations are managed by the Executive Director with the assistance of the Associate Director - Finance and the Associate Director - Grants. These three positions constitute the Senior Management Team of the Trust. The Executive Director is the General Manager of the Trust and is responsible for the overall dayto-day management of the Trust affairs.
Organizational components and purpose of the Trust The functions of the Trust as outlined in Section 16 of the PACT Act are: • to encourage and promote, for the benefit and enjoyment of the present and future generations of the people of Belize, the provision, the protection, conservation and enhancement of the natural and cultural resources of Belize. • to distribute from the Trust Fund such grants as it thinks fit to encourage, promote, and assist the undertaking by suitable persons and bodies of any research, studies or other activities relating to the nationwide effort to establish, operate, maintain and enhance protected areas, and other natural and cultural protected resources for the purposes of conservation, maintenance of biodiversity, protection of ecological processes and for recreational enjoyment; • assist in the funding of activities which are eligible for funding under the Schedule of the Act • perform any other functions which may be necessary for the effective functioning of the Trust Fund.
An annual audit of the Trust’s accounts should be carried out at the end of each fiscal year by an independent auditing firm approved by the Board of Directors. A copy of the completed audited financial statements should be forwarded to the Central Bank of Belize as the Trustee and fiduciary manager of the Trust Fund and Ministry of Finance on behalf of the Government of Belize.
As is provided for in the PACT Act, Section 30, the Board of Directors is responsible for the establishment of the Endowment Fund of the Trust Fund. The purpose of the Endowment Fund is to ensure that the Trust has funds in perpetuity in order that it can be sustainable and viable to continue its function in the event that the regular stream of revenues decreases or is interrupted. The Endowment Fund receives no less than 5% of the total revenue of the Trust during each fiscal year. The Board of Directors can determine if the Trust shall contribute more than this minimum amount required for a fiscal year.
Finance and Audit committee Composition and Terms of Reference
The Finance and Audit Committee will consist of at least three and no more than five members of the Board of Directors one of which should be financially literate. The Board will nominate the members and the Committee chair. The Finance and Audit Committee has the authority to conduct investigations into any matters within its scope, including: • Approve and terminate the employment of the external auditors • Retain counsel, accountants or any other advice to inform in the conduct of any investigation. • Meet with the external auditors, staff and management to perform its function
Composition and Terms of Reference The Advisory Council’s existence is enshrined in the PACT Act and is composed of eleven members including representation from the Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute, The Belize Tourism Board, development agencies, Government of Belize, Academia and Technical experts. The Council shall: • Advise the board on technical and administrative matters and areas of improvement in the granting of funds. • Coordinate the preparation of the National Strategic Trust Plan • Evaluate grant proposals and advise the Board on their eligibility.
Risk management and internal controls
PACT promotes a culture of prudent risk management and employs various mechanisms that are designed to identify and monitor key risk areas on a regular basis. Major processes in place to support this function are accounting manuals and procedures requiring appropriate separation of duties, transparent procurement and disbursement functions and a managerial and financial reporting framework that is regularly evaluated. The Finance and Audit Committee is a committee of the board and is responsible for the oversight of the risk management function. The committee is composed of four board members, the Executive Director and the Associate Director - Finance. The committee’s terms of reference has been broadened to review adherence to proper financial management, ethical conduct and reporting standards and to take corrective actions where necessary. In addition the overall efficiency and relevance of the organization’s mission is secured by the commission of an external, independent five year institutional review and strategic plan and large grants evaluation. PACT’s physical assets are insured and reviewed for adequacy of coverage annually. The organization’s endowment and other fixed deposits provide a strong capital base and are held with Central Bank of Belize regulated commercial banks.
Employment equity and general work environment
PACT adheres to the philosophy of providing equal employment opportunities. PACT will not discriminate for the purpose of hiring, promotion, retention, training and other personal employment matters against any person because of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age or handicap. The employees of PACT are regulated by the PACT Personnel Policy Manual which is consistent with the Belize Labor Act Chapter 297 Revised edition 2003. The manual provides for the provision of a working environment consistent with PACT’s philosophy by addressing the conditions of work including but not limited to: • Employee Training • Employee Responsibility • Employee Health and Safety
Code of conduct and conflict of interest
The PACT Board is guided by the PACT Act chapter 218 Revised Edition 2003 and its Board manual which contains clear and detailed policies and guidelines defining its code of conduct, conflicts of interest and a manner on how the board should proceed in addressing any contraventions that may arise.
We hereby affirm that Protected Areas Conservation Trust Grants Program Manual of June 2011 was adhered to.
The Protected Areas Conservation Trust complies with the following legislations and Standards. • PACT ACT Chapter 218 Revised Edition 2003 • Finance and Audit (Reform) Act, 2005 • Office of the Contractor General • Labor Act 297 Revised Edition 2003 • International Financial Reporting Standards
p rot e c t e d a r e a s AC - Ambergris Caye | Bze - Belize District | Cayo - Cayo District | Czl - Corozal District OW - Orange Walk District | SC - Stann Creek District | TD - Toledo District
Name IUCN Category
Documented Location Co-manager Area (acre)
Archaeological Reserves (Managed by NICH) Altun Ha II 93.000 Bze Barton Creek II 5.020 Cayo Cahal Pech II Cayo 22.390 Caracol II Cayo 25,000.000 Cerro Maya II Czl 43.78 El Pilar II Cayo 1,997.000 Lamanai II OW 958.500 Lubaantun II TD 40.010 Marco Gonzalez II 8.601 Bze Nim Li Punit II TD 121.320 Nohoch Che’em II Cayo 453.710 Santa Rita II Czl 3.730 Serpon Sugar Mill II SC 114.000 St. George’s Caye Cemetery II 0.239 Bze 51.600 Xunantunich II Cayo Yarborough Cemetery II 1.500 Bze Bird Sanctuaries (Managed by the Lands Department) Bird Caye IV 1.288 Bze Doubloon Bank IV 3.690 Bze Little Guana Caye IV Czl 2.567 Los Salones IV Czl 2.928 Man of War Caye IV SC 1.913 Monkey Caye IV TD 1.285 Un-Named Caye IV 1.066 Bze Forest Reserves (Managed by the Forest Department) Caye Caulker (Marine) VI 100.000 Bze Forest & Marine Reserves Assoc. of Caye Caulker (FAMRACC) 147,810.000 Chiquibul VI Cayo Friends for Conservation & Development (FCD) 148,357.000 Columbia River VI TD 78,574.000 Deep River VI TD 28,069.000 Freshwater Creek VI Czl/Bze-OW 7,590.000 Grants Work VI SC 3,119.000 Machaca VI TD 89,929.090 Manatee VI Bze-SC 13,795.037 Mango Creek 1 VI SC 213.000 Mango Creek 2 VI SC 11,687.657 Mango Creek 4 VI SC/BZ-TD 41,741.000 Maya Mountain VI Cayo 1,460.000 Monkey Caye VI TD 106,477.809 Mountain Pine Ridge VI Cayo 106,192.000 Sibun VI Cayo 93,920.000 Sittee River VI SC 15,000.000 Swasey Bladen VI TD 40,243.000 Vaca VI Cayo
Name IUCN Category
Documented Location Co-manager Area (acre)
Mangrove Reserve St. George’s Caye 15.000
Marine Reserves (Managed by the Fisheries Department) Bacalar Chico IV AC 15,577.000 Caye Caulker VI Bze Forest & Marine Reserves Assoc. of Caye Caulker (FAMRACC) 9,670.000 Gladden Spit/ Silk Cayes IV SC Southern Environmental Association (SEA) 25,600.000 Glover’s Reef IV SC 86,652.097 Hol Chan II Bze 13,336.194 Port Honduras IV TD Toledo Institute for Development & Environment (TIDE) 101,100.000 Sapodilla Cayes IV TD Southern Environmental Association (SEA) 38,594.000 Southwater Caye IV SC 117,874.900 National Parks (Managed by the Forest Department) Aguas Turbias II OW 8,950.000 Bacalar Chico (Marine) V AC 28,148.000 Billy Barquedier II SC Steadfast Tourism and Conservation Association (STACA) 1,500.000 Chiquibul II Cayo Friends for Conservation & Development (FCD) 285,937.000 Five Blues Lake II Cayo Belize Audubon Society (BAS) 4,250.000 Gra Gra Lagoon II SC Friends of Gra Gra 1,197.000 Guanacaste II Cayo Belize Audubon Society (BAS) 51.500 Honey Camp II Czl/Bze-OW 7,772.000 Laughing Bird Caye (Marine) II SC Southern Environmental Association (SEA) 10,119.000 Mayflower Bocawina II SC Friends of Mayflower Bocawina 7,565.610 Melinda II SC 85.000 Monkey Bay II Bze 2,250.000 Noj Kaax Meen Eligio Panti II Cayo Belize Development Foundation (BDF) 14,124.300 Payne’s Creek II TD Toledo Institute for Development & Environment (TIDE) 37,680.000 Peccary Hills II Bze 10,744.000 Rio Blanco II TD Rio Blanco Mayan Association (RBMA) 100.000 Sarstoon/Temash II TD Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Mgt. (SATIIM) 41,000.000 St. Herman’s Blue Hole II Cayo Belize Audubon Society (BAS) 574.500 Natural Monuments (Managed by the Forest Department) Actun Tunichil Muknal Ia Cayo 455.000 Blue Hole (Marine) III Bze 1,023.000 Half Moon Caye (Marine) II Bze 9,700.000 Thousand Foot Fall III Cayo 1,290.000 Victoria Peak III SC 4,847.000
Belize Audubon Society (BAS) Belize Audubon Society (BAS) Belize Audubon Society (BAS) Belize Audubon Society (BAS) Belize Audubon Society (BAS)
Nature Reserves (Managed by the Forest Department) Bladen Ia TD Ya’axche Conservation Trust 99,673.800 Burdon Creek Ia Bze 4,865.000 Hopkins Wetlands SC 1,565.628 Tapir Mountain II Cayo Belize Audubon Society (BAS) 6,286.000 Private Reserves (Managed by the Forest Department) Aguacate Lagoon IV Cayo Mennonite Community 283.900 Community Baboon Sanctuary IV Bze Community Baboon Sanctuary Women’s Cons. Group 12,980.011 Golden Stream Corridor Preserve IV TD Ya’axche Conservation Trust 15,000.000 Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary IV Bze Matthew Miller 1,473.588 Rio Bravo Conservation & IV OW Programme for Belize (PfB) 259,134.152 Management Area Runaway Creek IV Bze Birds Without Borders 7,123.800 Shipstern Nature Reserve IV Czl Corozal Sustainable Future Initiative (CSFI) 18,840.381 TIDE Block 127 IV TD Toledo Institute for Development & Environment (TIDE) 11,000.000
Name IUCN Category
Documented Area (acre)
Public Reserves Cockroach Bay Bze 19,988 Dolphin Park II Bze 2.468 Grants Land Czl 0.820 Krooman Reserve Bze 57.800 Seine Bight Village SC 0.750 Wildlife Sanctuaries (Managed by the Forest Department) Agua Caliente (Luha) IV TD Aguacaliente Management Team 5,492.000 Cockscomb Basin IV SC/BZ-TOL Belize Audubon Society (BAS) 87,318.000 Corozal Bay IV Czl Sarteneja Alliance for Conservation & Dev. (SACD) 180,500.000 Crooked Tree IV Bze-OW Belize Audubon Society (BAS) 41,297.000 Gales Point IV Bze Gales Point Wildlife Sanctuary Management Committee 9,095.000 Labouring Creek Jaguar Corridor IV Bze-Cayo PANTHERA 9,184.000 Spanish Creek IV OW Rancho Dolores Environmental Dev. Group 5,985.000 Swallow Caye IV Bze Friends of Swallow Caye (FOSC) 8,970.130 Spawning Aggregation Site Reserves (Managed by the Fisheries Department) Caye Bokel, Turneffe Island Atoll IV Bze 1,375.994 Dog Flea Caye, Turneffe Island Atoll IV Bze 1,407.994 Emily or Caye Glory IV SC 1,343.995 Gladden Spit IV SC 3,590.396 Nicholas Caye, Sapodilla Cayes IV TD 1,663.993 Northern Gloverâ€™s Reef Atoll IV SC 1,799.193 Rise and Fall Bank, Sapodilla Cayes IV TD 4,249.583 Rocky Point, Ambergris Caye IV Czl 1,404.794 Sandbore, Lighthouse Reef Atoll IV Bze 1,279.995 Seal Caye, Sapodilla Cayes IV TD 1,599.994 South Point, Lighthouse Reef Atoll IV Bze 1,343.995 Nassau Grouper & Species Protection (Managed by the Fisheries Department) Maugre Caye, Turneffe Atoll IV Bze 1,918.224 Northern Two Cayes, Lighthouse Reef IV Bze e927.313 Note: S.R. & O - Statutory Rule & Order S. I - Statutory Instrument Documented Area may differ from the GIS area Private Reserves are only those recognized by the Forest Department Source: Land Information Centre, Land and Surveys Department
Government of Belize
International Union for Conservation of Nature
Mesoamerican Reef Fund
Latin America & Caribbean Network of Envrionmental Funds
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