Strengthening Community Participation in the Protection of the Belize Barrier Reef Complex through Capacity Building and Supporting Implementation of Managed Access
This project will develop the capacity of a very marginalized group of fishers and give them the tools to be better represented in the Management of the Belize Barrier Reef System, specifically the Glovers Reef Atoll Marine Reserve and the South Water Caye Marine Reserve. This project focus is in development of the organization and member s to be more visible, vocal and engaged in programs that lead to the improvement of their livelihoods, the fish stocks, the coral reef system and the larger ecosystem.

The Goal of this project in to increase community involvement in the Management of the Belize Barrier Reef System and increase community resilience to management changes in Marine Protected Areas and support scale-up of managed access. This project seeks to equip the leadership of the Wabafu Fishermen Association to have a meaningful participation in the process supporting the implementation of a Sustainable Fishery Regime – Managed Access. The success of managed access will depend on the compliance and support from fisherfolk as key stakeholders. The WFA will have the capacity to advocate for greater “voice of the fishers” at national level. It will also train fishers to be able to participate in the data collection programs that are used for the management of the MPA such as CPUE, Catch Landings, and Synoptic Monitoring Programs. This project will also assist fishers to develop individual hurricane preparedness plans to reduce potential loss of life, income and assets as results of hurricanes or storms.

Project Snapshot

Grantee: Wabafu Fishermen Association
Country: Belize
Area Of Work: CapDev
International Waters
Operational Phase: Phase 6
Grant Amount: US$ 20,000.00
Co-Financing Cash: US$ 12,821.88
Co-Financing in-Kind: US$ 13,420.00
Project Number: BZE/SGP/OP6/Y2/CORE/CD/2016/04
Start Date: 11/2016
End Date: 11/2017
Status: Currently under execution
Project Characteristics and Results
Gender Focus
WFA pride itself with having a diverse membership of men, women, young and old people. WFA encourages all members to participate in all activities and women are especially encouraged to hold board positions. WFA has three women in its Board of Directors. In WFA`s efforts, the organization strives to ensure gender equity in all its activities.
Inovative Financial Mechanisms
WFA will maintain an active blog on Facebook. We will write short stories about our activities and will invite media to cover our activities. We will document these activities via photographs that will be shared via social media. We will share our project concept and reports via our umbrella organization webpage (Belize Federation of Fishers). Our work via this project will also be documented and shared with the Belize Federation of Fishers for the local, national, regional and global dissemination.

Grantee Contact

Mr. Mark Thompson


1500 Rivas Estate
Dangriga Town , Stann Creek District ,


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