The GEF Small Grant Program is holding a workshop at the George Price Center in Belmopan. Cayo Correspondent, Pauline Soberanis Tillett, has the details.
A two day workshop is currently underway at the George Price Center for Peace and Development. This workshop is presented by the United Nations Development Program ,UNDP’s GEF small grant program in Belize. The aim of the workshop is to share strategies and facilitate knowledge , sharing capacity building and networking among grantee partners and stakeholders. Several NGOs shared their experiences about the GEF small grants program, how it benefited them and helped the communities they serve. Love News spoke with Lionel Requena Coordinator.
Lionel Requena, Coordinator: “We are socializing the strategic directions of our program, one to continue to invest in the landscapes or seascapes through our shipment ports in partnership with civil society organizations in Belize, with NGOs, community based organizations, fishing associations, cooperatives, farmers associations, youth groups, and persons with disabilities. So we’re pleased to be allowing this process to enhance partnership with civil society but also with regulatory agencies and support the implementation of relevant sustainable development goals particularly goal 17 which is partnerships, 15 which is life demand and 14 life, air water and 13 climate action. In fact the partnership with the civil society organizations allow for a down scaling of larger national policies and plans into tangible and concrete actions at the community level that allows us to contribute to the sustainable development agenda.”
We also spoke with Mario Muschamp, one of the participants.
Mario Muschamp, Participant: “Our association is roughly about two years old and our mission is to restore and conserve the Monkey River Watershed so that we can continue to function as a means of supplying sediments and nutrients to the coastline and to the Port Honduras Marine Reserve. Our group basically applied for a grant from GEF small grant program to develop what we call a road map to restore the functionality of the Monkey River Watershed.”