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  • CONSERVATION AND SUSTAINABLE USE OF THE

    MESOAMERICAN BARRIER REEF SYSTEMS PROJECT (MBRS)

    TECHNICAL AND FINANCIAL

    PROGRESS REPORTS

    REPORT No. 7

    Reporting Period: July December 2004

    (Revised for Web Publishing)

    Project Coordinating UnitCoastal Resources Multi-Complex Building

    Princess Margaret DriveP.O. Box 93

    Belize City Belize Tel: (501) 223-3895; 223-4561

    Fax: (501) 223-4513 Email: mbrs@btl.net

    Website: http://www.mbrs.org.bz

    SAM / MBRS

  • Mesoamerican Barrier Reef Systems Project Coordinating Unit

    Coastal Resources Multicomplex Building,Princess Margaret Drive,

    Belize City, Belize Tel: 501-22-33895 or 22-34561 Fax: 501-22-34513 E-mail: mbrs@btl.net

    Website: www.mbrs.org.bz

    BELIZE GUATEMALA HONDURAS MEXICO

    MEMORANDUM OF TRANSMISSION FROM THE REGIONAL COORDINATOR

    TO: Executive Secretary and Director General of the Environment, CCAD-SICA Manager of World Bank Project National MBRS Coordinator in Belize National MBRS Coordinator in Guatemala

    National MBRS Coordinator in Honduras National MBRS Coordinator in Mexico

    FROM: Noel D. Jacobs Regional Project Coordinator

    SUBJECT: Conservation and Sustainable Use of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System (MBRS) in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico Project No.: GE-P053349 TF: 027739

    Seventh Technical and Financial Progress Report: July 1 December 31, 2004

    DATE: January 31, 2005

    I hereby enclose the Seventh MBRS Technical and Financial Progress Report for the period from July 1 December 31, 2004. This Report reflects progress in the implementation of the Annual Work Plan (AWP) and the Budget approved for the period from July 1 2004 to June 30 2005.

    We are willing to answer any questions and / or comments about the content of this Seventh MBRS Technical and Financial Progress Report

  • MBRS Project CCAD - SICA

    Project Coordinating Unit Technical and Financial Progress Report No. 7

    i

    List of Acronyms

    AWP Annual Work Plan

    BEMAMCCOR Belize Mexico Alliance for the Management of Coastal Resources

    CBWS Corozal Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

    CCAD Comisin Centroamericana de Ambiente y Desarrollo

    CICESE Centro de Investigacin Cientfica y de Estudios Superiores de Ensenada

    CINVESTAV Centro de Investigacin y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN

    CORAL Coral Reef Alliance

    CZMA/I Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute

    ECOSUR El Colegio de la Frontera Sur

    GEF Global Environment Facility

    HMRI Healthy Mesoamerican Reef Initiative

    ICRAN International Coral Reef Action Network

    INVEMAR Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas y Costeras

    IUCN International Union for the Conservation of Nature

    MBRS Mesoamerican Barrier Reef Systems

    MOU Memorandum of Understanding

    MPA Marine Protected Area

    MUC Multiple Use Center

    NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

    PACT Protected Areas Conservation Trust

    PCU Project Coordinating Unit

    PDF Project Development Fund

    PNAX Xcalak Reef National Park

    PRIMER Plymouth Routines in Multivariate Ecological Research

    PROARCA Regional Environment Project for Central America

    PWG Policy Working Group

    PY Project Year

    RBD Regional Board of Directors

    REIS Regional Environmental Information System

    RPI Research and Planning, Inc.

    SEMARNAT Secretara de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales Mexico

  • MBRS Project CCAD - SICA

    Project Coordinating Unit Technical and Financial Progress Report No. 7

    ii

    SMP Synoptic Monitoring Program

    SPCMR Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve

    TIDE Toledo Institute for Development and Environment

    TNC The Nature Conservancy

    ToRs Terms of Reference

    TRIGOH Alianza Tri-nacional del Golfo de Honduras

    TWG Technical Working Groups

    UNDP United Nations Development Program

    UNEP United Nations Environment Program

    WRI World Resources Institute

  • MBRS Project CCAD - SICA

    Project Coordinating Unit Technical and Financial Progress Report No. 7

    iii

    Contents

    1.0. Executive Summary . 1

    2.0. Implementation of Project Components ... 3

    2.1. Component I. Marine Protected Areas . 3

    2.1.1. Planning, Management and Monitoring 3

    2.1.2. Institutional Strengthening . 5

    2.2. Component II. Regional Environmental Information System

    and Synoptic Monitoring . 8

    2.2.1. Regional Environmental Information System . 8

    2.2.2. Synoptic Monitoring Program. 10

    2.3. Component III. Sustainable Use of the MBRS. 14

    2.3.1. Sustainable Fisheries . 14

    2.3.2. Sustainable Tourism .. 16

    2.4. Component IV. Environmental Education and Awareness 18

    2.4.1. Environmental Awareness Campaign .. 19

    2.4.2. Formal and Informal Education.. 20

    2.4.3. MBRS Indigenous Participation Plan .20

    2.5. Component V. Project Administration .... 22

    2.5.1. Disbursements . 22

    2.5.2. Procurement .. 22

    2.5.3. Regional Coordination.. 23

    3.0. Limitations in Project Implementation .. 25

    4.0. Activities for the Next Semester.. . 26

    Annexes:

    1. Financial Statements

    2. Procurement Reports

    3. Project Monitoring Indicators

    4. List of Project Assets up to Date

    5. Agreement of the First Mesoamerican Fishermen Congress

    6. Agreements on Common Enforcement in the Geographic Area of the MBRS

  • MBRS Project CCAD - SICA

    Project Coordinating Unit Technical and Financial Progress Report No. 7

    1

    1.0. Executive Summary

    MBRS Project implementation from July to December 2004 was quite successful, consistent with the

    pattern established during the previous period. Highly visible achievements and technical and political

    products continued to be delivered as well as long term processes begun during previous Project Years.

    These achievements were only possible because of the exceptional efforts of administrative personnel and

    persistent follow-up by technical staff, the National MBRS Coordination, and the support of all our partners

    in the MBRS region.

    The most visible achievements include the building of the Multiple Use Center in Utila Turtle Harbor in

    Honduras, the 4th Meeting of the MBRS Southern Transboundary Commission, the preparation of the Park

    Ranger Manual for Marine Protected Areas, the Training Course on Public Use and Tourism in Marine

    Areas, the Training Course on the Use and Maintenance of Renewable Energy in Marine Protected Areas,

    training on the use of the REIS in Guatemala and Mexico, the production of the REIS Users Manual,

    functional changes on the web site, the regional training of people involved in the SMP, field monitoring

    under the SMP, data entry from the SMP to the REIS, the continuation of fish aggregation site monitoring,

    training for fishermen in alternative ways of living, the exchange between fishermen, the hiring of technical

    assistance for the tourism component, the establishment of an alliance with the ICRAN-MAR Project to

    prepare the Catalogue of Exemplary Practices for Marine Coastal Tourism, the distribution of the

    institutional video, the transmission of the Projects video spots, the distribution of dissemination material

    including the Projects bi-annual newsletter, and several training workshops on education.

    The Project achieved a high level of coordination with other projects, partners and initiatives in the region

    during the last six months, including a Memorandum of Understanding between the Project and

    CINVESTAV; an important alliance with the Summit Foundation in which the Project will receive support for

    strengthening synoptic monitoring; joint efforts with the World Bank, the WWF, the Summit Foundation and

    Pedigree Consulting to launch the Healthy Mesoamerican Reef Ecosystem Initiative; an alliance with

    NOAA and Tufts University to carry out a comprehensive analysis of transboundary basins in the MBRS

    region; the launching of the Tulum + 8 Initiative in which we will join our efforts with those of 12 other

    agencies to produce an updated plan for the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System which is expected to be

    adopted in December 2005.

  • MBRS Project