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Strengthening Community Participation in the Protection of the Belize Barrier Reef Complex through Capacity Building and Supporting Implementation of Managed Access - GEF funded project
by Wabafu Fishermen Association (Civil society organization)
The Goal of this project in to increase community involvement in the Management of the Belize Barrier Reef System and increase community resilience to management changes in Marine Protected Areas, and support scaling-up and the success of managed access.
Fishers from Dangriga who Fish in Area 3 and Area 8 of the Managed Access Program are not fully participating in the management of these zones because the lack the capacity to properly represent their interest. This project seeks to equip the WFA with the tools, equipment and capacity to represents fishers at local and national forums, committee, workshops; to participate in the management of two marine reserves; to be a voice for improved fisheries and resource management. This project will support GEF OP6 Strategic Initiative Community Landscape / Seascape Conservation with specific focus on building community capacity for effective participation in the sustainable use, management and stewardship of seascape resources. The project will aim to contribute to the effective management of the SWCMR and GRMR and ameliorate threats to the Belize Barrier Reef System.
This strategic seascape project contributes to The Global Goals for Sustainable Development specifically goal #14 Life Below Water: Conserve and Sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

The main objectives of this project are the following:
o To Increase participation of fishers from Dangriga in committees that assist with conservation actions for marine protected areas;
o To increase capacity of Wabafu to effectively function as a Team and be able to bring fishers together to advocate for improved management of marine protected areas/ managed access fishing areas.
o To train fishers in data collection methods including scuba diving, and other research methods.
o Empower fishers and their families to be able to better prepare for hurricanes (hurricane preparedness plan and training).
o To develop economic alternatives by implementing a seaweed farms
Progress reports
Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets
Type of commitment
  • Legal/policy/institutional measures
  • Transfer of fishing technology
  • Access to coastal fishing grounds
  • Community empowerment for fisheries management
December 2017
WFA Fishers are complying with Managed Access Program
October 2017
A Groups of 10 Fishers will be trained in diving for research with the finality that they would be able to assist the MPA managers in data collection when needed or work with researches that frequently use the area. They will be taught how to conduct lobster and conch surveys, fish and coral identifications, and catch landing.
September 2017
WFA attending and participating in meetings, workshops and conferences such as Glovers Reef Advisory Boards, South Water Caye Advisory Board, Managed Access Committee for Area 3 and 8 and SPAGS working groups
Financing (in USD)
20,000 USD
Basic information
Time-frame: November 2016 - November 2017
MARFUND, WCS, Belize Fisheries Department
Ocean Basins
  • North Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Mark Thompson , Mr. , wabafufishermen.association@gmail.com, 6100446
Dangriga Town, Stann Creek, Belize
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