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Manatee Researcher Jamal Galves is honored for his work with manatees in Belize

by on May 3rd, 2012

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Mr. Galves carries out manatee conservation work under the joint efforts of the Coastal Zone Management Authority & Institute in the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries & Sustainable Development and CZMAI, and the international NGO Sea to Shore Alliance.

He was chosen for the inaugural 2012-2013 class of “Caribbean Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders” (CEWCL.) Funded in part by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, C-EWCL is an opportunity for up and coming conservation professionals in the Caribbean to gain invaluable skills and experience working with proven conservation leaders. The 12 winners will meet in Antigua this month for an initial training week. During the two-year training program participants will work in teams to develop, implement and evaluate a wildlife conservation project in the Caribbean. Graduates are expected to become future conservation leaders of the Caribbean with the competence necessary to launch well-rounded and successful conservation campaigns.

Additionally, Mr. Galves received an award of Bz$30,000 from the Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP). The winning project is titled “Ameliorating Threats to the Manatee in the Heart of Belize”, and Jamal will lead the project with team members Mr. Andre Reneau of Friends of Swallow Caye, and Mr. Samir Rosado and Miss Chantalle Clark both of CZMAI. With a purpose to gather data in an important coastal area to Belizeans, manatees and other species, a threat assessment will be carried out on the Belize River mouth area. This is where the majority of manatee deaths and injuries are observed. Management systems will be proposed to protect the habitat and manatees. Solutions will be established in collaboration with the Coastal Zone Management Authority & Insitute, Friends of Swallow Caye, Sea to Shore Alliance and the Government of Belize. CLP is a partnership of four conservation organizations – BirdLife International, Conservation International, Fauna & Flora International, and the Wildlife Conservation Society. The mission of CLP is to promote the development of future conservation leaders and provide them with the capacity to address the most significant conservation issues of our time.

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