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Training for PAM

The National Training Program for Protected Areas Management (NTPPAM) is a program dedicated to develop and enhance the sustainable management of Belize’s National Protected Areas System as envisioned in the National Protected Area System Plan. With funding from PACT and the program managed by the University of Belize Environmental Research Institute, Year 2 of the 2-year program kicked off this year with the 1st of four courses.

In late April, 15 park wardens from 7 different organizations from all over Belize gathered in Belmopan to receive the 2-day ‘Introductory Workshop’ of the Research and Monitoring Level 1 course. The group was divided into two, being the marine park wardens heading out to UB ERI’s Calabash Caye Field Station, while the terrestrial park wardens headed south to the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary for 3 intensive days of field practices and data gathering. After the field adventures, the group reconvened at PasGuHal Eco Resort (formerly Cedar Cabins) for 3 days of data analysing.

The course was set to expose and equip PA staff with little or no background in science with basic data collection and data handling skills to assist in the collection of monitoring data. There was some taxonomic training for the identification of major groups of organisms. Students reviewed the use of standard field sampling and monitoring protocols and were given the opportunity to apply this knowledge through field exercises.

Here’s what one of our course participants had to say about the experience:

The NTPPAM continues with the Conservation Finance (Advanced) course starting on June 30, 2014. This course is specifically designed to develop strategies for Protected Area institutions to help obtain key resources within a budget through revenue generation, funding and in-kind support. Another component of the NTPPAM is being delivered through the National Ranger Training Program as an intensive three part course designed to raise the standards of rangers in marine and terrestrial environments.

Rangers are the scientists, conservationists and law enforcement officials of our national parks as they protect and preserve parklands, keep park resources safe, and keep visitors safe from dangers of the wild.

To apply for either the Conservation Finance (Advanced) Course or for the National Ranger Training Program, contact Kathya Castañeda at for more information.

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