Belize Wildlife and Referral Clinic Wildlife Ambassador Program
Human-wildlife conflict (HWC) and illegal wildlife traffic (IWT) are major threats to biodiversity, and stressors on indigenous and local populations access to and management of their natural resources. HWC and IWT are often perpetuated by a lack of awareness in local population, and lack of capacity in law enforcement. Through the Wildlife Ambassador Program (WAP), the lack of awareness and capacity will be addressed by providing training and resources to law enforcement entities and community Ambassadors from indigenous and local communities. This will be further supported through advice and veterinary services provided by BWRC, thereby mitigating the impacts of HWC and IWT from prevention to improving the response to wildlife conflict and emergencies, at the national level. Special focus will be placed buffering communities close to protected areas and in rural areas, which are hot spots for HWC and IWT. The WAP trainings and outreach will also facilitate networking between Community Ambassadors, NGOs and Law Enforcement. The WAP will assist indigenous and local communities in wildlife management planning, and communication with relevant NGOs and law enforcement. The WAP supports the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the CBD National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP), the Growth and Sustainable Development Strategy, the National Protected Areas Policy and System Plan and Horizon 2030. The WAP focuses on SGP OP7 Strategic Initiatives including supporting community-based conservation of threatened ecosystems and species and enhancing social inclusion focusing on communities within and adjacent to OP7 target areas.
Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic
Area Of Work:
OP7 - Y1 (Jul 20-Jun 21)
Currently under execution
Project Characteristics and Results
Promoting Public Awareness of Global Environment
A total 80 Stakeholders and community Ambassadors participated in the 2018 Wildlife Ambassador Workshop and the post-workshop feedback was overwhelmingly positive. It is from these individuals that requests for 20 further workshop trainings were collected. In the preparation of a nationwide program, these same individuals will be contacted and further community ambassadors will be identified. Workshop schedules will be set in cooperation with communities, enforcement agencies and conservation partners. For implementation, conservation partners will be invited to join in-person or contribute messages and distribute educational materials as needed. Conservation stakeholders can benefit from the WAP outreach to accomplish their educational goals and participants are receiving a free training that will benefit them in securing their livelihood, which will aid participation interest. In order to monitor and evaluate the project, surveys will be conducted to assess base knowledge before workshops, further needs for workshops, and to determine impact of workshops. Social media sites and WhatsApp lists will facilitate involvement in project implementation. Regular communication and games with small prizes will be offered to encourage participation.
Inovative Financial Mechanisms
Surveys of all participants and workshops will help capture lessons learned. Knowledge will be shared through in-person workshops, online presentations, social media sites and mailing lists. A printed toolkit with pocket guides will be provided to workshop participants. Posters, billboards and radio talk show attendance will further the reach of the educational effort. The BWRC hotline connects communities and enforcement entities to professional wildlife assistance. As questions arise, this hotline serves as a reference. Good practices gained through hotline use will be highlighted through posts on social media and in newsletter and email. For example, when animals are rescued, conflict prevented or poachers detected, we’ll do a write-up and share the success with our network. All public educational materials will be made available through the website.
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|Dr. Isabelle Paquet-Durand|
PO Box 226, Mile 60 George Price Highway
Cayo District ,
SGP Country office contact
Mr. Leonel Requena
UNDP Belize,3rd Floor, Lawrence Nicholas Building Complex ,P.O. Box 53,South Ring Road,
Belmopan, Central America
Belmopan, Central America