Remember Hurricane Richard? It slammed Belize last October. One writer describe it as this:
“Demolished, topless and water-drenched homes, uprooted trees, downed power-lines, mangled signs and billboards, and scattered zinc and debris were the evidence that Hurricane Richard left today in its aftermath…” 1
There was a lot of damaged and the long road to rebuilding began shortly after. Due to the extensive damage done to trees, the Community Baboons Sanctuary decided to launch a Greenhouse project through funding received from GEF Global Environment Facility. This initiative will be carried out this year 2012 and years to come to plant new trees to help replace those that were destroyed .
This is one of the many projects that will be carried out this year under the grant received. More to details to come.
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The Community Baboon Sanctuary through funding from the PACT Small Grant is implementing a new project aimed at protecting the population of howler monkeys and other endangered species in the area and the ecosystems in which they live.
The main activities under this project are:
– Board development training for the Women’s Conservation Group (WCG)
– Revision of the WCG Constitution
– Development a comprehensive management plan for the Community Baboon Sanctuary
– Establishment of a nursery on the grounds of the CBS to promote reforestation
This project is expected to:
– Increase the long term sustainability of the CBS
– Strengthen the institutional capacity
– Preserve the population of Howler Monkeys for the benefit of the communities
CBS a model for community based sustainable development programs.
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For more information about this project or the Community Baboon Sanctuary contact us at:
The Community Baboon Sanctuary (CBS) was founded in 1985 by Dr. Robert Horwich, an American Primatologist and Fallet Young, a landowner in Bermudian Landing. It started with just 12 landowners and today it has the support of over 200 private landowners in seven different villages. The population of the Black Howler Monkeys has grown to over 2,000.
The Sanctuary has four main goals:
This video, done by the Green Living Project gives you a look inside the CBS. Enjoy!
We were recently featured in an article on BBC Travel – Belize’s Lessons in eco-tourism.
Click here to to read it in it’s entirety : “Support community-driven tourism enterprises. Attractions such as the Community Baboon Sanctuary and the Toledo Ecotourism Association are beautiful places to explore. As a bonus, visiting them helps drive economic activity in rural areas.”
This article was written by Suemedha Sood. Thank you writing an excellent piece.