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Request for Proposals – Develop A Business Planning Framework for Protected Areas in Belize – UNDP Country Office – BELIZE
In 2016, the Government of Belize adopted its medium-term development strategy, the Growth and Sustainable Development Strategy (GSDS). Within the GSDS, the Government of Belize highlighted the role of biodiversity management as a critical success factor in acquiring Sustainable Development. This action created a positive and enabling environment for the implementation of Belize’s newly developed Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) and more specifically the National Protected Areas Policy and System Plan which serve as a road maps for achieving our Biodiversity goals and targets by maximizing the potential of protected areas which serve as Belize’s main conservation tool.
In Belize, PA’s are the main management tool for biodiversity protection and conservation. PA landscapes cover approximately 36.6% of the national territory and 19.8% of the marine environment. The management of these areas are challenged by financial constraints to acquire and deploy resources for their effective management. A study to develop a Financial Strategy for the Protected Areas System, conducted in 2010 by the UNDP (in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy), found that a funding gap of US$10.2 million for a basic scenario and US$ 19.4 million for an optimal scenario existed between current investment and funding needed to operate optimally. The analysis carried out for this strategy, clearly shows that the level of funding is insufficient to sustain management activities.
The Belize National Protected Areas System (NPAS) is primarily financed by the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) and extra-budgetary sources (grants). PA’s however generally face persistent budgetary shortfalls due to the management entity’s dependence on donor/grant financing to meet recurrent/operating costs and fluctuation within the tourism industry. For long-term effectiveness of the NPAS, it is critical for PA’s to achieve financial sustainability through the growth and diversification of site-level revenue streams, and a reduction on the dependence on external sources (grants).
In this regard in 2016 financial assistance was received from the Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN), to quantifying the biodiversity finance gaps and develop a National Biodiversity Finance Plan for Belize. This Finance plan identified sustainable financing mechanisms for implementing the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan and other relevant national policies and frameworks relating to biodiversity.
Also building on recommendations of the Sustainable Financing Strategy for Belize’s National Protected Areas System, the GoB via the BIOFIN Project, seeks to strengthen financial sustainability of PA’s through the development and implementation of a National Business Model Framework. This framework will allow PA administrators and managers to determine solutions critical business decisions ahead of time. It will enable the development and implementation of robust site level business plan such as marketing strategy and products and services to be packaged at the site or national level. The result shall be the generation of new and/or additional revenue streams to aid in covering operational and maintenance costs as well as support resilience against financial shocks.
Peruse official post here.
Peruse offical documents:
- Professional Service Contract Template
- TOR-Develop a Protected Areas Business Framework
- General Terms and Conditions
Deadline for submission is June 16, 2020.
March 20, 2019; Belmopan, Belize. – The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) hosted a meeting on March 18, at its office in Belmopan, Belize; with the Cuban Ambassador to Belize, Her Excellency Mrs. Lissette Pérez; and representatives from the Government of Belize’s Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, Sustainable Development, the Environment, Climate Change and Solid Waste Management Authority, to discuss the Coastal Erosion Assessment conducted by two Cuban Coastal Erosion Specialists.
“We want to formalize and solidify the relationship between Belize and Cuba. Belize acknowledges that Cuba has the know-how and technical capacity to best guide and advise Belize on these issues as we aim to build our national capacity for the sustainability of these initiatives”
Dr. Lennox Gladden, Chief Climate Change Officer of the National Climate Change Office.
On March 13 and 14, 2019, the specialists, Dr. José Luis Juanes and MSc. Miguel Izquierdo from Cuba’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (CITMA) also visited the coastal town of Dangriga and Hopkins, a community within its environs to identify the various natural and human factors affecting coastal erosion there.
Beach scarp, dead trees, exposed roots, waves reaching building foundations and some inefficiency coastal protection structures, demonstrate the extent of erosion in Dangriga-Hopkins. Locals estimate that the shoreline has receded by 20 to 25 feet in the last 5 years.
In an effort to stabilize the coastline, the experts discussed possible measures and solutions. Dr. Juanes and Mr. Izquierdo recommended three areas of focus, namely: research, legal direction to define and regulate the coastal zone and the deployment of adequate engineering.
Dr. Percival Cho, Chief Executive Officer noteded: “It is important to structure Belize’s regulatory framework to better govern the development of our beaches.”Her Excellency Mrs. Pérez expressed interest in the actions, best practices and sustainable adaptation initiatives that Belize could undertake to mitigate the damages.
The meeting concluded on the promise of further collaboration between Cuba and Belize to address the issues of coastal erosion and vulnerability as well as other related areas.
Project Manager Mr Joseph McGann noted that the project aims to build the recipient communities’ resilience to climate change and climate variability, which has led to increased intensity of extreme meteorological events in the form of hurricanes, floods, and droughts. These events have had profound negative impacts on national economies of Small Islands and Coastal Developing States (SIDS), threatening the survival of the most vulnerable populations and communities in these States, including Belize. With the implementation of the project, the Government of Belize, aims to:
- Quantify the benefits to be derived from the reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission, through the use of more efficient lighting systems; and
- Reduce the vulnerability of rural communities to the impacts of extreme weather and other disaster generating events.
“We are extremely grateful for this collaboration with the Government and People of Italy. Belize, like so many Small Island Developing States, is disproportionately affected by the devastating impacts of climate change. Today, with this collaborative project with the Italians and the 5Cs, our community moves one step closer to adapt to what can be these devastating consequences of climate change.” said Dr. Hon. Omar Figueroa, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, Environment and Sustainable Development, for the Government of Belize.
Minister Plenipotentiary Roberto Natali, Special Envoy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy told the gathering: “The great job of the Centre, directed by Dr. Leslie and his staff, the Government of Belize and the Government of Italy, made this miracle because this was something which was important for this region. And all (of us) together with collaboration and sincere decision, we have made this project and other things are already operative. I am proud that my country can contribute to this.”
Replacement of streetlights is expected to reduce energy consumption within the project area from 150W to 60W, per lamp, a 60% reduction in energy use; reduce emissions by 184 metric tons of CO2 per year; and result in some US$40,000 savings, which can be used for the benefit of the communities.
The Community Multi-purpose Emergency Centre (CMEC) will provide the residents of five rural communities and the town of San Ignacio with a central self-contained Centre that can be used both as a shelter in the event of a weather-related and other emergencies, and for other community social and sporting purposes and events. The five rural communities to be served by the Centre are Trenchtown, Kontiki, Boiton Area, Mosquitoville and Shawville.
The completed Community Centre will be equipped with an independently powered hybrid grid-connected PV renewable energy system, a rainwater storage system; an emergency communication system to ensure its continued operation during a major weather or other disaster event. Construction of the CMEC commenced November 22, 2018 and is expected to be completed by May 31, 2019 at an estimated cost of BZ$1.6 million. Funding is being provided by the Government of Italy and the Government of Belize.
The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre coordinates the region’s response to climate change. Officially opened in August 2005, the Centre is the key node for information on climate change issues and the region’s response to managing and adapting to climate change. We maintain the Caribbean’s most extensive repository of information and data on climate change specific to the region, which in part enables us to provide climate change-related policy advice and guidelines to CARICOM member states through the CARICOM Secretariat. In this role, the Centre is recognised by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the United Nations Environment Programme, and other international agencies as the focal point for climate change issues in the Caribbean. The Centre is also a United Nations Institute for Training and Research recognised Centre of Excellence, one of an elite few. Learn more about how we’re working to make the Caribbean more climate resilient by perusing The Implementation Plan.
Belize will strengthen the climate resilience of its energy sector as a result of a US$8 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) approved today by the World Bank Board of Directors.
“A major concern we often grapple with is extreme weather,” said Frank Mena, Belize’s Minister of State for Finance, Public Service, Energy & Public Utilities. “The impact of such events often leads to major set-backs to our development progress,” he added.
Belize is often in the direct path of tropical storms and hurricanes, which are expected to intensify due to climate change. This has caused many human casualties and widespread damages, resulting in costly disruptions of vital public services. The impact of Hurricane Dean in 2007 resulted in US$80-100 million in damages, equivalent to 6-8 percent of GDP, and a near countrywide power blackout. Likewise, Hurricane Earl left another wave of disruptions last month.
“Building climate resilience is a key priority for Belize. This project aims to support the government’s continued efforts to make energy and power systems better prepared and more resilient to storms, hurricanes and natural hazards,” said Sophie Sirtaine, World Bank Country Director for the Caribbean.
Among the concrete results to be achieved by the Energy Resilience for Climate Adaptation Project in Belize are:
- Improved capacity for long-term energy planning, taking into account the impact of climate change;
- Better monitoring of weather and localized impacts of climate change through the installation of meteorological and hydro-meteorological stations across the country;
- Enhanced electricity supply security despite weather events, by strengthening the transmission network and reducing the likelihood of service disruptions;
- Improved preparedness through the design and implementation of an Emergency Response and Recovery Plan for the power sector;
- Revitalized communication network of the power company, ensuring better command and control coordination during response and recovery operations.
This four year project is financed by a US$8 million grant from the Global Environment Facility’s Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) and US$3.9 million counterpart financing from the Government of Belize and the Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) company.
Credit: World Bank
Ambassador Manorma P. Soeknandan, PhD., Deputy Secretary General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), is in Belize for a three day working visit. Ambassador Soeknandan is meeting with officials of the Government of Belize, as well as representatives of the various CARICOM institutions headquartered in Belize.
On Tuesday May 24th, 2016, Dr. Soeknandan accompanied by Craig Beresford, Director of Strategic Management at the CARICOM Secretariat, visited the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) which is headquartered in Belmopan, the Capital of Belize. She met with the staff and the Executive Director, Dr. Kenrick Leslie. Dr. Leslie outlined the progression of the institution to a Centre of Excellence and as the first regional entity, accredited to the Green Climate Fund which will invest in low-emission and climate-resilient development projects in the Caribbean. Soeknandan spoke about the importance of collaboration and a partnership was further strengthened as the CCCCC agreed to share its human resources in regards to highlighting best financial and procurement practices which serve to help adaptation and mitigation projects in the region.
Ambassador Soeknandan told the staff of the 5C’s, “I would like to say on behalf of the CARICOM Secretariat thank you for your input and your support to the organization and the region.”
The Government of Belize, through the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, is accepting Project Idea Notes (PINs) focused on energy efficiency and conservation, solid and liquid bio-fuels and biogas, wind and solar energy and the transport sector until 4pm on Friday, August 23, 2013.
The PINs are a requirement for Belize’s participation in the Clean Development Mechanism capacity building programme, and will be submitted as part of the project approval process as set out in the fourth and fifth schedule of the Environmental Protection (Clean Development Mechanism) Regulations, 2011.
The CDM programme is being implemented in collaboration with the European Commission and United Nations Environment Programme, through the UNEP RISO Centre—a leading international research and advisory institution on energy, climate and sustainable development.
The request for expressions of interest is aimed at national and/or regional project developers and consultants with technical and other capacities in the identification, design and implementation of projects—preferably in the environmental field.
The project seeks to strengthen the technical capacity of national consultants in the design of Project Idea Notes (PIN).