Technical Documents
Belize’s protected areas form a national system of over 100 terrestrial and marine protected areas. Effective management of the system involves a highly participatory process and a comprehensive approach to protected area management.

  • National Protected Areas Communication Strategy (2013)

    The National Protected Areas Secretariat commissioned the development of a communication strategy to raise the profile of Belize’s National Protected Areas System through a consolidated and strategic effort designed to achieve greater ownership and support for protected areas.

  • National Protected Areas Implementation Plan: Operational Framework 2007-2010

    This document presents a detailed Operational Framework, based on the NPASP Implementation matrix, which sets out the priority areas of action for NPASP implementation over a 2.5 year period

  • Belize National Protected Areas System Plan 2005(Appendices) [ZIP]

    The Belize National Protected Areas System Plan has been drawn up from these reports commissioned by the Task Force on Belize’s Protected Areas Policy and System Plan.

  • Belize National Protected Areas System Plan (2005)

    The national Protected Areas System Plan is the end product of 2 years of work by the Protected Areas Task Force, an inter-ministerial group charged with the development of a coherent approach to protected area establishment and management on a national scale.

  • Protected Areas Shapefile (2015)

    This dataset was developed to assist the MNRA and Government of Belize for better decision making, sustainable development and conservation of our Natural Resources. Digital protected area polygon data was created using the legal descriptions of the boundaries as published on the Government Gazette Statutory Instruments (legal decrees). Data cannot be reproduced without a written consent from the Commissioner of Lands and Surveys, Lands and Survey Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture.

  • National Protected Areas System Plan (2015)

    The overall purpose of this updated NPASP is to have an effective protected areas system for Belize established. The plan now seeks to underscore the fundamental role of the protected areas network as a pillar in national economic development.


Project: Sustainable Finance for the Implementation of the Belize National Protected Areas System Plan, Cost of the System and Economic Valuation Project (Completed 2011)

  • Sustainable Finance Strategy and Plan for the Belize Protected Areas System (2011)

    This report postulates a sustainable financing strategy and plan that meets the needs of the NPAS thereby contributing to Belize’s obligation under the CBD Program of Work of Protected Area (PoWPA).

  • Economic Valuation of the Environmental Goods and Services of the Maya Mountain Massif and Maya Mountains Marine Corridor (2011)

    This report presents a valuation of the primary environmental goods and services (EGS) produced by the Maya Mountain Massif and Maya Mountain Marine Corridor (terrestrial area) in Belize.


Project: Strengthening Capacities for the Operationalization, Consolidation and Sustainability of Belize’s National Protected Areas System Project (Completion for 2014)

  • Basic Assessment of Key Ecosystem Coverage of Belize Protected Areas (2014)

    It was estimated that most of the ecosystems within the protected areas system experienced increases in coverage, ranging from 0.7% in the case of lowland savanna to 86.2% in the case of open sea, while lowland broad-leaved forest, lowland pine forest, and sub-montane broad-leaved forest experienced decreases in coverage, each below 1%. These decreases were due mainly to agricultural incursions into a handful of protected areas. Deforestation notwithstanding, it can be observed that Belize’s national protected areas system has indeed, in the short term, been effective in protecting Belize’s ecosystems.

  • Strategy and Guidelines for Investing in Protected Areas in Belize (2013)

    This report proposes and elaborates strategies and guidelines to promote investments in protected areas in the tourism; forestry; agriculture and fisheries; water resources; energy generation and oil; and mineral extraction sectors.

  • Rationalization Exercise of the Belize National Protected Areas System (2012)

    This report summarizes the major findings of the assessment conducted towards the Rationalization of the NPAS. These findings, and the recommendations developed for them, provide the foundation for building on the current network of protected areas

  • National Training Program for Protected Areas Management (2012)

    The development and implementation of the training program is an integral part of implementing the National Protected Areas System Plan (NPASP). Implementation of the program will commence in June 2012

  • Assessment of Priority Protected Areas and Suitable Mechanisms for Income Generation (2012)

    Belize is expected to have modernized and diversified financing mechanisms to increase the sustainability of its protected areas system. To accomplish this, various business and financial mechanisms will be used to increase protected areas revenue.



Project:  Management and Protection of Key Biodiversity Areas in Belize (New)

  • KBA Livelihood Restoration (Process) Framework (July 2014)

    The purpose of this framework is to establish a process by which members of potentially affected communities can participate in design of project components, determination of measures necessary to achieve resettlement policy objectives, and implementation and monitoring of relevant project activities.

  • KBA Involuntary Resettlement Policy Framework (July 2014)

    This Involuntary Resettlement Policy Framework (IRPF) will serve as a guide for the Government of Belize if it is determined that activities occurring with the target sites are not consistent with the protected areas designation and resettlement will be pursued. The IRPF introduces additional compensation measures to achieve compensation at replacement cost together with implementation and consultation arrangements to minimize impacts on those affected by resettlement

  • KBA Community Consultation and Indigenous Peoples Planning Framework (July 2014)

    The Culturally Appropriate Community Consultation and The Indigenous Peoples Planning Framework (IPPF) provide information on the types of programs and subprojects to be proposed for financing under the KBA project. It outlines how communities will be consulted and the principles of the consultation.

  • Environmental Management Framework for KBA Project (July 2014)

    The EMF was developed to be applied to the Project as a management tool designed to address issues pertaining to the impacts likely to arise from the implementation of the overall project, including sub-projects, due to their influence on the bio-physical environment and interaction with the wider system. It provides guidance on the selection of sub-projects, which will be fully developed during Project implementation to implementing agencies, regulatory agencies, and recipients of Project funds. This guidance enhances the likelihood of the sub-project’s compliance with applicable local environmental legislation and WB safeguard measures.