The Belize Audubon Society, which helps manage 4 national parks in Cayo, will be working with the MIF and the Audubon Society to create a sustainable program that utilizes bird-watching to create jobs and simultaneously protect the local biodiversity and natural resources. Great news for Belize.
"The project incorporates four key components:
Improving the structure and capacity of bird-based tourism business, developing accredited bird guide curricula, training national guides, developing site-level business plans and developing bird trails;
Driving more bird-focused tourism to the sites by developing marketing content for Audubon magazine and other birding media channels, designing birding trip packages with international and local tour operators, organizing market events for each country, and integrating bird-watching content into national governments and tourism websites in each country;
Raising awareness about the value of the local natural environment and promoting local citizen science bird research programs;
Developing a 'scalable' bird-based community tourism model that can be applied to other locations/countries."
Via Best of Cayo