Environmental Research Institute Annual Report

University of Belize, Environmental Research Institute (2011) Environmental Research Institute Annual Report. Technical Report.

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    The University of Belize's Board of Trustees (UB-BoT) approved the establishment of the ERI as a new department of the University on February 6th, 2009. Subsequently, on May 25th, 2009 it reviewed and approved with some minor amendments a draft of the oversight, administration and management structure of the ERI. The overall intention of this draft structure was the creation a more "self-managed" department. This department would have the ability to manage and implement both the programmatic and financial aspects of its work in an efficient, transparent and effective manner. The approved ERI would serve as a model unit at UB, particularly with respect to attracting donors and the sound implementation of projects funded from external sources. An ERI Steering Committee ((ERI-SC) comprised of UB stakeholders in the area of NRM, would provide oversight and guidance for ERI operations and administration with the UB Provost as its Chairperson. The University officially assigned Dr. Elma Kay and Dr. Leandra Cho-Ricketts to the ERI as Administrative Director and Science Director (Terrestrial), and Science Director (Marine), respectively, on September 1st, 2009. However, the ERI was not officially inaugurated until January 28th, 2010 in collaboration with the Oceanic Society and the Deep Search Foundation. Since its launch in January, the ERI has been fully operational at its Belmopan location on the UB pre-school grounds, the Calabash Caye Field Station (CCFS) in the Turneffe Atoll, and its various research and training field sites. In the 2009-2010 academic year the ERI was staffed with 12 full time staff located in Belmopan and at the CCFS, in addition to three part-time staff at the CCFS and numerous student volunteers and interns. During this academic year, the ERI was also involved in the implementation of three programs, namely Training and Fellowships, Research and Monitoring and Communications and Outreach; the programmatic work of the ERI was supported through nine local and regional projects. Project funds managed by the ERI during this academic year totaled BZ$1,061,200; the ERI also managed the BZ$193,380 budget allocated by the University of the CCFS. In addition to this, the ERI received in excess of BZ$90,000 in donations from various organizations. Most of these were in the form of books, equipment and furniture.

    Item Type: Technical Reports (Technical Report)
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      Keywords: annual report, programs, projects, vision, mission
      Subjects: (Z) Other or Unspecified
      Publication Sources: (1) Environmental Research Institute
      Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2012 10:51
      Last Modified: 18 Apr 2012 10:51
      URI: http://eprints.uberibz.org/id/eprint/1329

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