Belize Marine Conservation and Climate Adaptation Project (2015-2020)
Belize, under the leadership of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, The Environment and Sustainable Development with fiduciary management assistance from the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) as the National Implementing Entity (NIE) and the World Bank as Multilateral Implementing Entity (MIE), will implement the Marine Conservation and Climate Change Adaptation Project (MCCAP) in the coastal areas of Belize.
MCCAP is a five year project implemented by the World Bank and funded by the Adaptation Fund grant in the amount of US$ 5.53 million. The objective of the project is “to implement priority ecosystem-based marine conservation and climate adaptation measures to strengthen the climate resilience of the Belize Barrier Reef System“. Specifically, the Project has four components:
- Improving the protection regime of marine and coastal ecosystems;
- Promotion of viable alternative livelihoods for affected users of the reef in the areas impacted by project activities;
- Raising awareness and building capacity; and
- Project Management, Monitoring and Assessment.
MCCAP will benefit three Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), namely, the Corozal Bay Wildlife Sanctuary (CBWS), the Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve (TAMR), and the South Water Caye Marine Reserve (SWCMR). The targeted coastal communities are: 1) Consejo Village, 2) Corozal Town, 3) Copper Bank Village, 4) Chunox Village, 5) Sarteneja Village, 6) Belize City, 7) Dangriga Town, 8) Hopkins Village, 9) Sittee River Village, 10) Riversdale Village, 11) Seine Bight Village, and 12) Placencia Village.
MCCAP is being implemented by a dedicated Project Implementing Agency Group (PIAG) housed within the Fisheries Department and staffed by a Project Coordinator, a Senior Technical Officer, and an Administrative Assistant. The staff is responsible for the coordination, supervision, monitoring, quality control, socio-environmental management, and reporting in accordance with the Grant Agreement and the Project Operations Manual.
The proposed adaptation, conservation, and restoration activities of the Belize Barrier Reef System have socio-economic significance, providing opportunities for maintaining and potentially increasing the income level and marine resources available for an estimated 203,000 people living in the coastal areas of Belize. The Project will build capacity for local communities, which are directly affected by climate impacts, to act as champions of the marine managed areas and of the resources upon which they depend.
For more information contact:
MCCAP Project Coordinator
Belize Fisheries Department
Princess Margaret Drive
P.O. Box 148
Belize City, Belize
Phone: (501) 223-0723/0724