APAMO effectively supporting the National Protected Areas System to maintain its capacity to protect biodiversity and provide ecosystem goods and services that are critical for socio-economic resilience and national development.
APAMO is a diverse non-governmental protected areas management network contributing to the effective and sustainable management of Belize’s National Protected Areas System for the benefit of all Belizeans.
The Association of Protected Areas Management Organizations, APAMO, is Belize’s umbrella association for Protected Areas, (PAs) Co-managers. Established in August of 2007, APAMO has proven to be an essential partner to the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development in the implementation of the National Protected Areas Policy and System Plan. APAMO also contributes to achieving Belize’s obligations under the Convention on Biological Diversity and other international commitments. Over the years, APAMO has been able to build strategic partnerships with key conservation entities and donors including PACT, GEF SGP and WWF.
APAMO boasts sixteen protected areas co-manager members and a total of twenty-eight protected areas across Belize. This collectively helps to conserve approximately 1.5 million acres of Belize’s biodiversity, and through this, improves the lives of thousands of stakeholders. APAMO’s membership has fostered a platform and environment whereby PA co-managers have committed to join forces to build on opportunities that will improve the management and secure the integrity of Belize’s protected areas. Similarly, co-managers can effectively address the various challenges and threats that may hinder progress toward effective management or the quality of Belize’s natural recourses. Therefore, APAMO’s role as the unified voice that advocates for and contributes to the sustainability and effective management of Belize’s protected areas has demonstrated to be a critical one.