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Strengthening the Rio Blanco Mayan Association’s Governance


The University of Belize Environmental Research Institute (UB ERI) delivered a successful governance strengthening training to the Board of Directors of Rio Blanco Mayan Association (RBMA) at the Rio Blanco National Park (RBNP) in Santa Cruz, Toledo District from July 14-15, 2017.

Declared an ‘Indigenous People’s Park’ in 1992, the Rio Blanco National Park is managed by residents of the surrounding Maya villages of Santa Elena and Santa Cruz via the RBMA. The members of RBMA see the preservation of the ecosystem as a top priority and believe the park is a culturally appropriate and sustainable economic venture. The governance training delivered by UB ERI will help ensure the long-term sustainability of the park and support the socio-economic development of the neighbouring communities by strengthening the RBMA board’s capacity to understand and carry out their roles and responsibilities. As such, the training helped define the board’s roles and responsibilities through facilitated activities. A mission and vision statement was also created which will serve as a guide for the association going forward.

The training was delivered by Dr. Elma Kay, Giselle Borland and Pia Gregoire, and attended by the five (5) RBMA board members along with the Project Coordinator and Project Assistant.

Below are some photo highlights from the Governance Strengthening Training at Rio Blanco National Park:

UB ERI will continue to provide support to the RBMA in the coming months to ensure the continued success of the training outcomes.

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