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. (2003) 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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    Abstract

    During the third year of implementation, the project staff worked deligently to involve the relevant stakeholders in protected areas management by promoting biodiversity and ecological integrity through sustainable development activities. The major focus was to get people to actively participate in the identification of issues and activities that influence and affect natural resource management while providing economic alternatives. As in previous years, the staff continued to foster the close working relationship it had established in the buffer communities. With the continuity in project staff a great deal was achieved. The Local Advisory Committees (LAC), which were already established, began meeting regularly with the Community Liaison Officer (CLO) and the Regional Advisory Committees (RAC) for Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary (CBWS) and Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary (CTWS) were both established and registered as legal bodies. During the formation of the RACs the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) worked closely with the project staff to clarify the definition of Co-management as it relates to this particular project. This was finalized and approved by the LACs of both pilot sites. The model’s effectiveness will be closely monitored during the final year of implementation, as the management plans which was developed with community input will become the guiding tool for the management of both pilot sites. Within the reporting period, the demonstration projects established last year remained functional. The Cashew Cooperative received its equipment and conducted several trainings allowing them to commence production next year. The Honey Cooperative became a registered group with the Cooperatives Department and accessed several trainings through BAS in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and the CARD Project. The Maya Center Women’s Group Craft Shop is successfully operating and is seeking funding to expand the Craft Shop to incorporate a regional training facility in order to keep the skill of craft making alive in the South of Belize. In addition to the already existing demonstration projects, a feasibility study for a Fish Farming project was completed by the Fisheries Department. The project is expected to commence operation early next year. Since the communities in the South were no longer interested in the medicinal plant project and showed serious interest in cacao production a market study was completed. This initiative will also commence early next year. In addition to the various trainings for demonstration projects the communities have received introductory sessions in natural resource management. A water quality monitoring and enforcement scheme has been developed in conjunction with the relevant authorities and will be implemented and tested during the final year of implementation. The education program focused on the development of architectural renderings for the CBWS visitor center, the development of a jaguar curriculum for the buffer communities and continuous environmental education outreach activities.

    Item Type: Technical Reports (Technical Report)
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      Keywords: protected area, wildlife sanctuary, crooked tree, cockscomb basin
      Subjects: (H) Protected Areas > (HJ) Wildlife Sanctuary
      Publication Sources: (3) Other Source > (3B) NGOs
      Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2010 10:36
      Last Modified: 20 Jan 2011 14:52
      URI: http://eprints.uberibz.org/id/eprint/43

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