Introduction Phase I
This project is supported by the German Government, through KfW, for a total amount of €5 million that will be invested in four priority coastal and marine protected areas within a five-year period.
The main objective of the Project is to contribute to the consolidation of the coastal and marine protected areas, the protection of biological diversity and the sustainable use of its components, while increasing the economic well-being and improving the quality of life of the resident populations.
The area of the Project is the Mesoamerican Reef System, shared by Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. The following priority coastal and marine areas (CMPAs) are the focus of the main Project investments:
- Yum Balam Flora and Fauna Protection Area, México.
- Port Honduras Marine Reserve, Belize.
- Punta de Manabique Wildlife Refuge, Guatemala.
- Sandy Bay West End Special Marine Protection Zone, Honduras.
The Project focuses on implementing effective, long-term conservation mechanisms in the four areas. Support will be provided for planning, monitoring, updated management plans, control and surveillance systems, infrastructure and equipment, among others, in order to optimise the work performed by the administrators of the areas in accordance to the highest standards.
Support will also be provided for a series of activities to be defined by each protected area, with the aim of achieving sustainable use of the areas' resources, assets and services. These may, for example, include the following: codes of conduct for various extractive activities, incentive programs to involve communities in conservation, co-management of conservation zones together with users, strategies for recycling solid waste, mangrove reforestation, environmental education campaigns, sustainable fisheries and responsible tourism.
The intervention logic of the Project focuses on improving the conservation and sustainable use of the biological diversity found in the four selected CMPAs.
This approach combines three strategies:
- Conservation of coastal and marine ecosystems.
- Better management and sustainable use practices of coastal and marine resources; and
- Small grants and Implementation of mechanisms for the exchange of knowledge and experience among the Project groups, for example administrators of the CMPAs, or among users of the resources.
- Indicator 1: There is no increase in the financial gap in all of the CMPAs included in the Program.
- Indicator 2: The Management Plans are updated and are being implemented in all of the CMPAs included in the Program.
- Indicator 3: The MCPAs included in the Programme are implementing natural resource exploitation plans