Protected Areas of Belize

In 1996, Belize passed the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) Act, and is Belize’s national conservation trust. Since then, the protected areas landscape has taken shape and continues to expand. Currently, there are 103 protected areas that form Belize’s national protected areas system (NPAS), with categories that encompass:

  • Forest Reserves
  • Nature reserves
  • National parks
  • Marine reserves
  • Private reserves
  • Wildlife sanctuaries
  • Natural monuments
  • Bird sanctuaries
  • Spawning aggregation reserves
  • Archaeological reserves

Since the Protected Areas Conservation Trust was established, PACT has been accredited national implementing entity (NIE) status for the Adaptation Fund, as well as granted a fiduciary role for such agencies as the World Bank, the Meso-American Reef Fund (MAR Fund), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and the Belize Nature Conservation Fund (BNCF).