Chiquibul National Park, Belize
Rogers & Co AB has won the contract to deliver tourism planning services to Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) implementing a Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) grant. The consultancy entitled “Tourism Enterprise Development Plan and Visitor Impact Monitoring Framework” will focus on sustainable tourism development planning for the Chiquibul Forest. The project will commence in January, 2016 with the final report due by the end of March 2016. Principle consultant will be Neil Rogers with Belize based environmental expert Jan Meerman heading up the visitor impact framework development.
The Chiquibul Forest spans 423,000 acres and includes Belize’s largest protected area the Chiquibul National Park and the Chiquibul Cave System which are co-managed by FCD. Together with the Chiquibul Forest Reserve these protected areas cover approximately 7.7% of Belize’s landmass. Attractions within the project area include the Chiquibul Cave System, the largest cave system in Central America; Puente Natural, the Nohoch Ch’en Sink Holes, Caracol Maya site, Las Cuevas Research Station, the nesting site of Belize’s endangered Scarlet Macaws Ara macao cyanoptera and the Chiquibul River which provides water to approximately 40% of Belize’s population.
For more information on FCD – www.fcdbelize.org
For more information on PACT – www.pactbelize.org