Building Capacities in Forest Fire Management Among Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in Belize
Building Capacities in Forest Fire Management Among Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in Belize
The proposed project is to contribute to safeguarding Belize’s biodiversity through empowering Indigenous peoples and local communities for effective forest fire management. Each year in Belize, thousands of acres of forests are destroyed by wildfires; compounded by climate change impacts, the resulting consequences pose severe negative impacts to biodiversity and the livelihoods of local and indigenous communities. This project is a continuation of TIDE’s fire management program and will build capacities in indigenous communities in Toledo to address the threat of wild fires through physical fire management training and improve public awareness of the importance of fire management through national and local interactive communication. Local communication in indigenous communities will be translated to local language to increase reach and effectiveness. Community leaders will have the option to incorporate the knowledge obtained into existing governance structures (Alcalde System) within their communities and build on existing permitting mechanisms to control the use of fires. Directly in line with the GEF SGP Country Programme Strategy for OP7, this project will contribute to the delivery of several key national and global priorities including; Support capacity building initiatives in landscape/seascape management planning and approaches; support the development of strategic interventions at landscape/seascape towards achieving sustainable use and management of marine and terrestrial resources. Scaling down of national plans at the local level; support capacity building initiatives in climate smart agricultural production and Agro-forestry; and enhancing social inclusion through involving indigenous peoples in conservation actions (global initiative).

Project Snapshot

Toledo Institute for Development and Environment
Area Of Work:
Grant Amount:
US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 35,000.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 15,000.00
Project Number:
Currently under execution
Project Characteristics and Results
Inovative Financial Mechanisms
During the development of the project concept it was discovered that recent and relevant information on the impacts of wild fires on biodiversity and health and livelihoods of local and indigenous communities were scarce or lacking. TIDE plans to make the reports of this project publicly available through sharing online information, printed reports and videos. With proper documentation of lessons and reporting, this project can easily be scaled up to a much-needed national level project. As with past GEF SGP projects, an end-of-project assessment is planned where feedback from the beneficiaries and those involved are obtained and lessons are documented and shared with the various stakeholders. This will enable access to the methodology used, effectiveness of the approach and limitations of the project so that others can improve the process. TIDE shares information using a variety of ways to ensure maximum 7 reach. These include online through websites, social media platforms, local and national radio and television, printing and distribution of information, and congregated meetings. TIDE plans to continue using these mediums to disseminate information on this project.
Notable Community Participation
Over the years, TIDE has had tremendous award winning successes in engaging various community groups, including Indigenous Peoples, children, youth, women and other local communities in all levels of its work considering gender equality and social inclusion
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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