By Alexis R. Milan Staff Reporter
The Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) accompanied by Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable development Lisel Alamilla awarded over $350,000 in project grants on Monday.
The first grant, totalling $199,998.75, was given to the Belize Audubon Society for a project titled Enhancing St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park (SHBHNP) through new infrastructure, mapping and management plan.
The second grant, totalling $156,255, was awarded to Program for Belize for a project titled Prioritizing conservation and addressing climate change in the Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area (RBCMA).
The goal of the project being undertaken by the Belize Audubon Society is to install necessary infrastructure at the SHBHNP, which will improve visitor experience and enhance the aesthetics of the protected area. Also, the project involves developing a protected area map in accordance with the management plan.
The objective of the Program for Belize project is prioritize and address the issue of climate change in the RBCMA through the development of a five-year plan.
The project will also enhance Project for Belize’s capacity to detect, suppress, control and manage fires through the construction of a fire lookout tower and dispatch of ranger patrols.