Three Community Based Projects Launched
(JOINT MEDIA RELEASE)
UNDP is pleased to announce the launch of three projects funded through the Community Management of Protected Areas Conservation Programme (COMPACT) of the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP).
COMPACT’s goal is to demonstrate how community-based initiatives can significantly increase the effectiveness of biodiversity conservation of globally significant protected areas by working to improve the livelihoods of local populations. In Belize, COMPACT funds projects which involve local communities in the conservation and sustainable use of resources in and around the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System – World Heritage Site (BBRRS-WHS).
The 3 project grants total BZ$300,000 with individual awards of BZ$100,000 being provided for the following projects:
1. “Sustainable Jobs for Coastal Communities in Toledo” – PLENTY Belize
2. “Facilitating the Economic Shift of Sarteneja, from Fishing to Tourism by Strengthening the Capacity of the Sarteneja Tour Guide Association” (STGA)
3. “Strengthening Stakeholder Engagement to Promote a Positive Environment for Conservation and Sustainable Development Activities in Sarteneja” – Sarteneja Alliance for Conservation and Development (SACD)
In a ceremony on Friday, December 9th, representatives of PLENTY Belize, STGA and SACD received cheques of BZ$30,000 each as the first disbursement of grant funds to commence implementation of their respective projects.