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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).
PACT's Annual Report 2011 - 2012