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

Grantee: Sarteneja Alliance for Conservation and Development
Country: Belize
Area Of Work: Biodiversity
Operational Phase: Phase 6
Grant Amount: US$ 25,000.00
Co-Financing Cash: US$ 99,545.00
Co-Financing in-Kind: US$ 9,550.00
Project Number: BZE/COMPACT/OP6/Y1/CORE/2015/03
Start Date: 1/2016
End Date: 3/2018
Status: Currently under execution

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Project Characteristics and Results
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.
Inovative Financial Mechanisms
The project will strengthen knowledge management and sharing within the NBCC, as part of the project activities. It is structured to provide a model for other system-level management units, with mechanisms for increased communication and collaboration, and the outputs of these activities, being shared, particularly with community based co-management organizations. Lessons learnt are an important step of this process, both for guiding future collaborative activities in the NBCC and transboundary forum, and to provide other individual site managers to strengthen their management through promotion of system-level managemet units, as supported by the national policies.
Hectares of globally significant biodiversity area protected or sustainably managed by project 161800

Grantee Contact

Mr. Joel Verde
Phone: 501 614 8244


North Front Street, Sarteneja Village
Corozal District , +501


Oak Foundation

SGP Country office contact

Mr. Leonel Requena
Phone: (501) 822-2462


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