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WCC 2016 Rec 111 - Activity Report

General Information
IUCN Constituent: 
IUCN Constituent type: 
IUCN Commission on Ecosystems Management 2017-2020
Period covered: 
Geographic scope: 
Meso and South America
North America and the Caribbean
In implementing this Resolution your organization has worked/consulted with...
IUCN Members: 
Protected Areas Conservation Trust ( PACT ) / Belize
IUCN Secretariat: 
Other non-IUCN related organisations: 
Ya'axche Conservation Trust
Indicate and briefly describe any actions that have been carried out to implement this Resolution: 
FundraisingYa'axche Conservation Trust sought partnership to contribute towards improved protection, biodiversity conservation and increased investments for the benefit of the National Protected Areas System (NPAS) priority ecosystems and their buffering communities. PACT was identified as the key partner for this project as it is an integral organization for the conservation of natural resources in Belize; through an agreement with the Government of Belize PACT receives a portion of it's revenues from the conservation Fee of US$ 3.75 paid by overnight visitors and a fifteen per cent commission from cruise ship passenger head tax. Ya'axche has been a long term partner with PACT and recently received the grantee of the year award. Additional support was requested from PACT based on the Conversation Investment Strategy that identified Bladen Nature Reserve as a protected area of national significance. Completed
Please report on the result /achievement of the actions taken: 
A partnership was developed with PACT towards improved protection and biodiversity conservation in the Bladen Nature Reserve. Referred to as the “crown jewel” of Belize’s protected areas, Bladen Nature Reserve (Bladen) is considered to be one of the most biodiversity-rich, and geographically unique areas within the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor. Bladen forms much of the Maya Mountains Massif and is surrounded by three (3) important blocks of protected areas within Belize. Bladen is a crucial link between Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary to the northeast and Columbia River Forest Reserve to the southwest and Chiquibul National Park and Forest Reserve lie to the northwest. The area is located within the Mesoamerican hotspot for species diversity, and hosts one of the world's richest assemblages of biodiversity. The reserve also plays a crucial role in watershed protection. It preserves the quality of the water draining into the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef and provides water for local communities and large agricultural areas on the coastal plain. Ya'axche received continued support for conservation activities in Bladen Nature Reserve from PACT.
Identify and briefly describe what future actions are planned for the implementation of this Resolution: 
Future ActionDescription
Field activitiesBiodiversity monitoring, enforcement presence and management effectiveness of Bladen Nature Reserve.
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