Management Plans 
This is a collection of management plans for Belize’s protected areas. These documents are shared here for educational and research purposes. Further inquiry with the relevant management agency of each protected area is required to find out about the endorsement and implementation status of these management plans. 

  • BCmgmtplan
    Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve (2004)

    The Revised Management Plan (RMP) presented herein substitutes the draft Management Plan developed by Dotherow et al (1995), which has provided an informal management framework for the BCNP/MR over the past 9 years. The RMP presented here has been designed to serve as a comprehensive 10-year strategic plan, which addresses both the conservation and economic sustainability needs of the BCNP/MR.

  • HCMRmgmtplan
    Hol Chan Marine Reserve (2000)

    The Hol Chan Marine Reserve Management Plan serves as a working document for the sustainable use and management of the marine resources in the area. This plan prescribes a zoning scheme that provides opportunities for the protection of specific natural features; for the maintenance of environmental services; and for tourism and fishing. It also prescribes a financial sustainability plan that could support the capital and operational expenses of the reserve.

  • CCmgmtplan
    Caye Caulker Forest and Marine Reserve (2004)

    The purpose of this Management Plan is to define straightforward and sustainable strategies and subsequent actions intended to upgrade the functioning of the Marine and Forest Reserves to a thriving and sustainable level for a period of five years, with a clear intention of managing the Protected Areas of Caye Caulker in perpetuity. Clearly the Forest and Marine Reserves were conceived to function as a single unit comprising a representative section of coastal zone habitats of the Northern Shelf Lagoon.

  • Chiquibulmgmtplan
    Chiquibul National Park (2008)

    This Plan has been submitted to the Forest Department for review and approval as required by the National Parks System Act. It must be noted that the Forest Department has jurisdiction over the Chiquibul Forest Reserve, as provided by the Forests Act. The Management Plan has also been shared with the Institute of Archaeology, which has jurisdiction over the Caracol Archaeological Reserve as provided by the Ancient Monuments and Antiquities Act.

  • CCSmgmtplan
    Chiquibul Cave System (2009)

    Within the Chiquibul National Forest lies the Chiquibul Cave System (CCS), the longest and largest known network of caves in Central America. Over 55 km of passages have been mapped and surveyed, including the largest known passage and cave room in the Western Hemisphere. The CCS is a cross boundary feature as a small section reaches into Guatemala. The CCS, due to its extent and integrity represents one of those unique and prestigious cultural features worthy of national importance.

  • MPRmgmtplan
    Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve (2004)

    The Visitor Use Master Plan is a roadmap for the future of the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. It is a planning tool to help management authorities in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment make concrete decisions about dedicating time and funding toward recognized goals. Importantly, the purpose of the Plan is to directly translate those goals to on-the-ground actions and tangible results.


  • Turneffemgmtplan
    Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve (2011)

    Includes general information on the attributes of the reserve, documents the current uses, relevant legislation, identified management challenges, defines the goals and objectives of management, summarizes the outputs of the planning process and climate change assessment outputs, outlines specific management programmes, including zoning recommendations, sets in place the means for measuring management effectiveness, and recommends an implementation schedule format.

  • Gloversmgmtplan
    Glover's Reef Marine Reserve (2007)

    The first draft of this Management Plan was prepared in 2003 following guidelines recommended by the CZM programme, and then updated in this document to fit within the framework required by the National Protected Area Policy and System Plan (NPAPSP, 2006). It includes general information on the attributes of the reserve, documents the current uses and management problems, defines the goals and objectives of the marine reserve.

  • SWCmgmtplan
    South Water Caye Marine Reserve (2009)

    In line with Fisheries Department policies, has been prepared with the
    input of the various stakeholders of the protected area through meetings with the Advisory Committee, a series of workshops with key stakeholder components, and interviews with a wide variety of individuals, including fishermen, the tourism sector, management staff and researchers, and seeks to conserve the resources of the reserve while allowing economic benefit through sustainable fishing and tourism.

  • GSSCmgmtplan
    Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve (2010)

    The Marine Reserve has clear zones embedded in the legislation that allow for extractive / non-extractive use, and conservation protection, with use concentrating on sustainable fishing, tourism, research and education. Since the signing of the first co-management agreement in 2001, management has been assisted through collaboration with Friends of Nature (FoN) – now the Southern Environmental Association (SEA).

  • CRFRmgmtplan
    Columbia River Forest Reserve (2009)

    Columbia River was first established as a Forest Reserve in June 1954, in recognition of both its importance for watershed protection and for its timber resources. Its boundaries were redefined a number of times, most recently in (SI 115 of 1997) to allow for community farming extensions, The Forest Reserve is considered to be equivalent to an IUCN Category VI area – a protected area managed mainly for the sustainable use of natural ecosystems.

  • SapMRmgmtplan
    Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve (2010)

    Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve is one of three protected areas managed by Southern Environmental Association (SEA), and a component of the Southern Belize Reef Complex. This five year management plan has been developed to provide guidance to SEA and the Fisheries Department, co-management partners, towards effective management of the Marine Reserve.

  • PHMR
    Port Honduras Marine Reserve (2012)

    Port Honduras Marine Reserve was designated for the preservation and sustainable use of biological resources and the Management Plan serves as a working document to provide a 5-year framework for the strategies and activities to achieve the goals of maintaining coastal ecosystem functions and natural resource values, including the water quality and nursery habitats of the Port Honduras area.