Mesoamerican Programme

 

The Challenge

 

Although the Central American country of Belize is one of the most beautiful and untouched regions of the world, some of its barrier reef and associated marine ecosystem are not being managed sustainably, in part due to funding constraints and emerging climate impacts. Several indicators attest to these emerging threats: a) reduction in fisheries annual catch; b) reduction of coral cover; c) reduction in the area of coastal mangroves; d) encroachment in coastal beach area and coastal lagoons of detrimental value to the services of the reef; and e) severe coral mortality induced by warmer sea surface temperatures and increasing ocean acidification.

 

Where we fund

 

In 1998 after conducting a global, regional and country assessment, we decided to focus our grant-making in Belize and the surrounding region.

 

What we fund

 

In the Mesoamerican Programme, our main goal is to develop an ecologically representative network of marine reserves that maintain the health of the barrier reef ecosystem and its wildlife, and that support the food security and sustainable economic development of local coastal communities.

 

We support capacity building, research, communications, policy, advocacy and market-based activities that:

  1. improve marine reserve management effectiveness;
  2. promote sustainable coastal and marine resource management, including sustainable financing; and
  3. promote long-term, diverse economic development opportunities for coastal communities.

 

Additional resources

 

2012 Annual Report. In 2012 Oak Foundation awarded five new grants to various not-for-profit organisations in Belize to support the projects listed in this report. The work of these organisations was carried out nationally and was sometimes part of regional initiatives. Grants in 2012 ranged from between USD 300,000 and USD 1 million.

 

2011 Annual Report. During the calendar year 2011, Oak Foundation awarded 15 new grants to various not-for-profit organisations in Belize to support the projects listed in the attached report. The purpose of the report is to provide a detailed description of regional grant-making in 2011, inform on the progress of active grants from previous years and share the summary findings of a midpoint independent evaluation recently completed.

 

2010 Annual Report. During 2010 we awarded 10 new grants to various not-for-profit organisations in Belize found in the Grant Database. The work of these organisations was carried out nationally and was sometimes part of region-wide initiatives.