Protecting the Biodiversity of the Aguacaliente Wildlife Sancturary Through Sustainable Income Generation
Protecting the Biodiversity of the Aguacaliente Wildlife Sancturary Through Sustainable Income Generation
When the area around the Aguacaliente Swamp was designated a Wildlife Sanctuary, many of the sources of income for the communities such as hunting, fishing, extraction of non-timber products and farming in the Sanctuary became restricted. Due to the already scarce amount of income generating activities, community members continued unsustainable and illegal activities inside the sanctuary that threatens the biodiversity of the Aguacaliente Wildlife Sanctuary (AWS). There is a need to enhance the ability of the communities that surround the AWS to generate income in a sustainable manner. Doing this will further the preservation of the biodiversity of the AWS. The health of the AWS is intertwined with the health of the communities that surround it. The goal of this project is to create livelihood opportunities for stakeholders of the Moho River Watershed through skills training and environmental education. This will be accomplished by establishing a demonstration project for the rearing of gibnuts. The objectives of this project will be:

1. To improve knowledge of participants in Laguna Village in gibnut rearing;
2. To establish rearing facilities;
3. To increase environmental awareness of issues facing AWS among residents of the ten
stakeholder communities of AMT;
4. To increase knowledge of Biodiversity in AWS and
5. To improve capacity of the Moho River Watershed Alliance.
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Project Snapshot

Aquacaliente Management Team
Area Of Work:
Operational Phase:
Phase 3
Grant Amount:
US$ 40,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 21,466.41
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 25,987.45
Project Number:
Start Date:
End Date:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Promoting Public Awareness of Global Environment
An environmental education program aimed at the stakeholder communities and schools will be conducted.
Capacity - Building Component
Participants from Laguna will be trained to run their own small-scale gibnut rearing facilities. A thorough knowledge of breeding, feeding, and management of gibnuts will be provided. They will be able to use their new skills to teach others to start individual gibnut rearing projects.
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Grantee Contact

Mr. Florentino Pop


P.O. Box 138 Punta Gorda
Punta Gorda Town , Latin America & Caribbean ,

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