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Rosewood Landing, Belize

Part of the Maya Golden Landscape in southern Belize, Rosewood Landing creates ecological connectivity over large landscapes, providing ideal habitat for species that require extensive ranges to survive, including large mammals like Jaguar (Panthera onca) and Puma (Puma concolor), and endangered species like the Yucatán black howler monkey (Alouatta pigra) and Baird’s tapir (Tapirus bairdii).



$30,000 US

The habitat

In southern Belize, the Maya Golden Landscape (MGL) is a mosaic of globally important protected areas, private, state and community lands. MGL is the home to over 337 species of birds, 20 of fish, 93 of mammals and 92 reptiles, including several endangered species: 2 plant, 2 bird and 3 mammal.

It also provides invaluable environmental goods and services to the predominantly indigenous Maya population (who make up 69% of the district’s population), who face high poverty (46% of the district’s population are below the poverty line) and rely on the region’s natural resources for their livelihoods.

Rosewood Landing forms a part of this majestic landscape, which is the primary southern biological corridor for Belize and the only remaining broadleaf forest link between the Maya Mountains (the Selva Maya) and the forested coastal plains of southern Belize. Rosewood Landing is one of the most biodiversity-rich and geographically unique areas within the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor and forms a significant portion of the Key Biodiversity Area of the Maya Mountain Massif. The land comprises dwarf mangrove areas, riparian forest and lowland broadleaf forest.

This parcel of land is adjacent to the Golden Stream River, which empties into the Port Honduras Marine Reserve and the Belize Barrier Reef System. Rosewood Landing provides water security for commercial and subsistence agriculture for the ten indigenous communities downstream.

Some of the threatened species now protected in this habitat include:

Local Partner NGOs

Status of registration of the group at the national level

Ya’axché Conservation Trust is a nonprofit nongovernmental organization in Belize; Fauna & Flora International is a UK registered charity.

Governance and management structure of the group

Since its founding in 1997, Ya’axché Conservation Trust has worked towards harmony between nature and human development for the benefit of both. Ya’axché has a staff of 31, and the Executive Director reports directly to the Board of Directors. With an average annual budget of $2.5 million BZD, Ya’axché focuses on biodiversity conservation and sustainable local and indigenous livelihoods through responsible land- and natural-resource use in the Maya Golden Landscape, a 770,000-acre mosaic of globally important protected areas, private, state and community lands.

Conservation Plans

Ya’axché owns and manages the adjacent Golden Stream Corridor Preserve and has proven its outstanding ability to work with Mayan communities to improve their livelihoods, use their land sustainably and conserve adjacent forests and wildlife.

Long-term conservation, in collaboration with local indigenous communities, will require significant effort. Ya’axché conducts regular and consistent patrols within its managed areas. This is coupled with research and monitoring to collect vital information for better management decisions. Ya’axché will work in tandem with local communities to ensure that there is proper awareness of these important protected areas, and at the same time, involve the communities in local management through employment opportunities and enhance livelihoods through the promotion of smart agricultural practices. Ya’axché will ensure that the area is well managed and adheres to the conservation standards of the Belize’s national protected areas.