Just as in Phase I, the German Government through KfW, also supports this phase for a total amount of €5 million that will be invested in five priority coastal and marine protected areas within a five-year period.
This phase of the Project will also 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 protected areas (CMPAs) are the main areas of investment for the Project at this phase:
- Manatee Sanctuary State Reserve, Bahía de Chetumal, Mexico.
- Corozal Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Belize.
- South Water Caye Marine Reserve, Belize.
- Sarstun River Multiple Use Area, Guatemala.
- Turtle Harbour Rock Harbour Special Marine Protection Zone, Honduras.
The Project focuses on implementing effective, long-term conservation mechanisms in the five areas. Support will be provided for planning, monitoring, updated management plans, control and surveillance systems, infrastructure and equipment, among others, in order to optimize 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, include, for example, 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 five 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.
Project Objective Indicators:
- Indicator 1: There is no increase in the financial gap in all of the CMPAs included in the Program.
- Indicator 2: Management Plans are updated and under implementation in 100% of the CMPAs included in the Program.
- Indicator 3: The CMPAs included in the Program have natural resource used plans under implementation.