Today, PACT awarded $356,253.75 in two new medium-sized project grants. The grants were awarded to the Belize Audubon Society and Programme for Belize. The Belize Audubon Society’s project, entitled: Enhancing St Herman’s Blue Hole National Park through new infrastructure, mapping and management plan was granted $199,998.75.
In case you didn’t know, St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park is one of the more visited sites co-managed by the Belize Audubon Society. The main goal of this project is to install needed infrastructure at the site, with an aim to improve visitor’s experience, while enhancing the aesthetics of the protected area.
In addition, the project includes a component which will ensure the Belize Audubon Society’s compliance with the new co-management agreement, by completion of a Management Plan. Key in the drafting of this plan is the protected area map, which will also be developed during this project.
As for Programme for Belize’s, there project is entitled: Prioritizing conservation and addressing climate change in the Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area and is for a total of $156,255. The project aims to prioritize conservation and address climate change in the Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area (RBCMA) through the development of a five-year management plan.
The management plan will analyze the current situation and past experience to set out the main thrust for management action over the next five years. The project will also address climate change by analyzing climate change issues and integrating a climate change program or set of actions within the RBCMA management plan and will enhance PfB’s capacity to detect, suppress, control and manage fires through the construction of a fire lookout tower and dispatch of ranger patrols.
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