Strengthening System Level Management of Marine Protected Areas in the Northern Belize Coastal Complex
Strengthening System Level Management of Marine Protected Areas in the Northern Belize Coastal Complex
The project is designed to strengthen management effectiveness of marine protected areas in the Northern Belize Coastal Complex, a seascape management unit, a priority objective under the NBCC CAP (By 2020, the management effectiveness of each of the marine protected areas of the Northern Belize Coastal Complex will have increased by at least 15% beyond the 2015 baseline levels ). It will also provide a model for implementation of landscape / seascape collaboration in other system-level management units in Belize. It contributes towards the SGP project objective of supporting the creation of global environmental benefits and the safeguarding of the global environment through community and local solutions that complement and add value to national and global level action, through the SGP project component Community Landscape and Seascape Conservation. The project targets gaps identified in the current CAP output, and seeks to strengthen system-level planning for addressing watershed impacts and climate change impacts.

The project also builds on the trans-boundary collaboration that has been nurtured by SACD, and strengthened during the CAP process, in which SEMA, CONANP and ECOSUR participated as observers, providing trans-boundary input into defining the status of conservation targets and threats on the Belize component of this trans-boundary system.
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Project Snapshot

Sarteneja Alliance for Conservation and Development
Area Of Work:
Grant Amount:
US$ 25,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 146,503.55
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 11,650.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed

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Project Characteristics and Results
Project sustainability
Environmental Sustainability This project sought to strengthen the management of the Northern Belize Coastal Complex, including a portion of Belize World Heritage Site, ensuring that the river-to-reef seascape of connected protected areas in northern Belize maintains and increases its environmental viability. The project was based on a rigorous assessment of what is needed to ensure environmental sustainability, and addressed the need for knowledge on an identified priority threat – the impacts from watershed pollution. This knowledge can be used to guide strategy development for improved environmental health and reduction of pressures on the system. The achieved outputs now position the NBCC partners for participation in the future watershed focused projects. Social Sustainability This project builds the capacity of SACD as a community based organization and in system-level partnerships. The engagement and integration of community researchers provided strengthening of SACD’s mechanisms for building capacity and understanding among future community leaders. Economic Sustainability The objective of improved management effectiveness of the NBCC through communication and collaboration will positively impact the sustainability of livelihoods within the NBCC. This includes support of the tourism sector based from San Pedro and Caye Caulker - communities that are dependent on a healthy reef.
Gender Focus
SACD has, at its core, its guiding principles, including that all activities be community driven, and that there be equality in all actions, regardless of gender, age, and culture. The organization is, itself, led by a woman – the President of the Executive Board, with women holding two of the three seats on the Executive Board. As such it can clearly demonstrate that it does not discriminate between gender in terms of project participation, but ensures that all sectors and genders are represented equally. The organization is currently finalizing its policies and procedures, which also include a statement on equality in all aspects of the organization’s work.
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Hectares of globally significant biodiversity area protected or sustainably managed by project 161800


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Grantee Contact

Mr. Joel Verde
Phone: 501 614 8244


North Front Street, Sarteneja Village
Corozal District , +501

SGP Country office contact

Mr. Leonel Requena
(501) 822-2462


UNDP Belize,3rd Floor, Lawrence Nicholas Building Complex ,P.O. Box 53,South Ring Road,
Belmopan, Central America