Uncertain land boundaries in southern Belize have often made it difficult for isolated Mayan communities to generate income on their land. Recent judicial decisions governing land titles hold promise for these communities to definitively demarcate their boundaries in order to undertake income-generating activities, but few resources are available to implement the decisions. The IAF supports community-led approaches to expand economic opportunities in Belize. Our grantee partner, Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management (SATIIM), is helping indigenous communities in southern Belize to map and register their lands. SATIIM is also building the capacity of community forestry operations and constructing a visitor center that will generate income to safeguard an internationally recognized wetland.
|Project:||Location:||Years active:||IAF grant funding:||Counterpart commitment:||Direct beneficiaries:||Indirect beneficiaries:||Program areas:|
|Mapping Maya Community lands and land use near the Sarstoon Temash National Park||Belize||2019 – 2022||$223,500||$349,300||1,100 individuals||2,000 individuals||agriculture and food security
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