Report for the European Commission on the project: “The Development of Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary as centers for Co-management of Protected Areas”

Catzim, N. (2002) Report for the European Commission on the project: “The Development of Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary as centers for Co-management of Protected Areas”. Technical Report.

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    Over the past year, the Belize Audubon Society faced and overcame several challenges while working toward the project’s overall objective of ensuring that the biological diversity and ecological integrity of Belize’s ecosystems are protected, sustained and restored. The activities implemented within this year were aimed at increasing people’s participation in the sustainable development of the country’s natural resources by alleviating the misconception about the importance of ecosystem’s function, creating economic alternatives and getting rid of the feelings of isolation. Much of this year was spent strengthening relationships that already existed and establishing new relationships with individuals within the buffer communities. This was essential to the longevity of the project, as the project coordinator changed twice within a six-month period and the position of the community liaison officer was revisited. The communities were wary of the change, as the transition was unexpected. Once the trust was established the project staff was able to revive the Local Advisory Committees (LAC) within the CBWS and CTWS buffer communities and began facilitating the formation of the Regional Advisory Committees (RAC). To date, the RAC of CBWS has already been formed and will become a registered entity in year three of the project. As a follow-up to year one, the community received several trainings, which included training in tourism and in proposal writing. The training programs were geared toward equipping the communities with tools for self-sustainability. In addition to the training opportunities a couple community members participated in regional exchange programs focused at building regional networks. During the second year, three demonstration projects namely, the Cashew Cooperative of CTWS, the Honey Cooperative and the Maya Center Women’s Group are successfully operating with two of the three groups already registered with the relevant government departments and the third scheduled to register early next year. The water quality monitoring and enforcement programs are being developed in collaboration with the University of Belize (UB). BAS has also explored the possibility of collaborating with the Protected Areas Conservation Trust in the development of these programs. PACT has expressed interest and is willing to work with BAS in developing these programs on a national level. This year staff received training in the areas of monitoring, environmental education and advocacy. The education program was extremely busy during the year establishing a cadre of environmental educators, building relationship with international partners, establishing linkages with the formal education sector, mailing educational materials to all primary and secondary schools nationwide, promoting the use of conservation carnival kits, working on exhibits at the CTWS visitor center, working on a design for the construction of a new and improved visitor center at CBWS and preparing brochures for the protected areas.

    Item Type: Technical Reports (Technical Report)
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      Keywords: report, protected area, wildlife sanctuary, cockscomb basin, crooked tree, co-management
      Subjects: (H) Protected Areas > (HJ) Wildlife Sanctuary
      Publication Sources: (3) Other Source > (3B) NGOs
      Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2010 10:21
      Last Modified: 20 Jan 2011 14:52

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