PACT is first NIE in Central America

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

PACT is proud to announce that the Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) has accredited PACT as the National Implementing Entity (NIE) for Belize. PACT’s accreditation by the AFB is noteworthy because PACT is now the first organization in Central America, the first and only current organization specifically dedicated to protected areas, the first environmental fund within the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Environmental Funds (RedLAC), the second in the Caribbean (Jamaica being the first), and one of just six national organizations in the world to be so accredited as an NIE.  PACT is now well positioned to directly access Climate Adaptation Funds and manage projects for the country, which will significantly improve both PACT and the country’s international profile as a world leader in new and emerging climate change financing mechanisms.

PACT and the OAK Foundation also partnered to support Marine Resource Management and invested $209,976.67 in the Marine Protected Areas. The managers of eight Marine Protected Areas including the Port Honduras and South Water Cayes Marine Reserves, Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve and National Park, Corozal Bay and Swallow Caye Wildlife Sanctuaries, and Blue Hole and Half Moon Caye Natural Monuments were recipients of a number of equipment to strengthen the research and monitoring and park protection programs. The equipment included: skiffs, boat engines, laptops, printers, scuba and snorkelling gears, GPS, handheld radios, spotlights, anchors, life jackets, compasses, upgrades to boat floorings, and support for community rangers.

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