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Waluco's Restaurant is now managed by TIDE January 28, 2016 - 22:03
Serving Punta Gorda a Lesson in Sustainability

Residents of Punta Gorda Town in the Toledo District of Belize may have noticed a new “hot spot” in town. Waluco’s Restaurant reopened its doors in September 2015, under the new management of TIDE, and is providing high quality food and excellent customer service. TIDE has undertaken this remarkable business opportunity in the hopes of reaching its goal of financial independence by providing long-term sustainable financing for monitoring projects.

TIDE Rangers Participate in Data Management Training December 22, 2015 - 10:41
TIDE Rangers Participate in Data Management Training

In an effort to coordinate and standardize monitoring efforts among protected areas managers, TIDE’s ranger team recently participated in a Data Management Training provided by BIOPAMA. Hosted by TIDE and the Belize Forest Department, the three-day program brought rangers and land managers from across the country together to learn how to use the new Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool, referred to as SMART.

OCEANA Energy Conference December 16, 2015 - 00:36
OCEANA Energy Conference

This past Wednesday, December 9th, TIDE’s Science Director James Foley attended “The Energy of Nature vs. the Nature of Energy,” a conference addressing offshore oil in Belize, held by OCEANA in Belize City. The event featured presentations from local stakeholders as well as scientists from around the world, discussing the impacts potential offshore drilling could have on Belize’s wildlife, natural resources and economy.

TPPL Stakeholder Meeting December 8, 2015 - 00:19
Tide Private Protected Lands Stakeholder Meeting

For the past six months, graduate student consultants from Colorado State University have been working with TIDE to create a management plan for the TIDE Private Protected Lands (TPPL). The nearly finalized plan is the first all-encompassing plan to cover all of TPPL as a whole and has included input from TIDE, the Belize Forest Department, other organizations managing nearby protected areas, stakeholders who use the lands and people living in the surrounding communities, or “buffer...

68th Annual GCFI Conference November 30, 2015 - 16:12
68th Annual GCFI Conference

This November, TIDE Science Director James Foley attended the 68th Annual Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI) Conference, held by GCFI and MarViva, in Panama. This week-long event brings together fisheries managers, marine scientists and stakeholders from across the region for a series of presentations, workshops and forums that facilitate communication of relevant fisheries data and knowledge, enabling more informed and coordinated management decisions for sustainable use of our...

November 19, 2015 - 16:37
Belize National Fishing Forum Held at TIDE

On November 10th, 2015 TIDE hosted the 6th annual Belize National Fishing Forum for the Gulf of Honduras, sponsored by the Tri-national Alliance for the Gulf of Honduras (TRIGOH). The annual meeting brings together commercial fishermen from across Belize to discuss sustainable fishing practices and effective management of marine resources in the Gulf of Honduras. To allow for the large number of attendees, this year’s forum was held at Waluco’s, the new restaurant located next to TIDE’s...

November 15, 2015 - 17:19
Coral Drilling with Visiting Researchers from the University of North Carolina

Yet again, TIDE’s team of community researchers are providing help and support towards conservation efforts of other organizations. This time, visiting researchers from the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill in the United States requested assistance from TIDE for a research project studying the effects of stressors on corals on the Belize Barrier Reef.

November 4, 2015 - 22:48
Visiting researchers present findings at TIDE’s Friday Informal Seminar Hour

TIDE collaborates with many other organizations, local and international, to help protect our natural resources. Most recently, we have teamed up with the coral reef research lab of Dr. Karl Castillo from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in the United States. With a focus on how coral reefs respond to natural and anthropogenic stressors, they approached TIDE about conducting research on the corals within Port Honduras Marine Reserve (PHMR).

October 29, 2015 - 21:58
Manatee Monitoring in the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef

On October 22nd and 23rd, 2015, TIDE’s Science Director James Foley attended a manatee workshop in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Representatives from Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico got together at this meeting, titled “Manatee Regional Monitoring in the Mesoamerican Reef Region,” to collaborate and discuss research and monitoring efforts across organizations.

Tour guide training October 29, 2015 - 12:10
Tour guide training

With a grant from the German Corporation through MAR Fund, the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE) is responding to a request from the tour guide associations and Village Chairperson in Monkey River to secure funding for a Tour Guide training in Monkey River Village. The tour guide training began two weeks ago with 11 participants and is facilitated by BTB Tour Guide trainer, Luz Longsworth, over nine consecutive weekends.

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