If yes, provide organization name.
Toledo Institute for Development and Environment
Please tell us more about how these partnerships are critical to the success of your innovation.
The partner most critical to the success of the TIDE Freshwater Cup is the community - each village and town involved in the Toledo District gives of their time and effort to the environmental projects and making a difference in their own and the lives of others; the team members lead this effort and expend their energy in playing football - for the entertainment of people in the area, but also to promote an agenda of environmental awareness.
TIDE maintains an active outreach strategy through social media and through direct fundraising efforts. Committed (financial) partners include the Oak Foundation, the Summit Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, the Government of Belize (Debt for Nature Swap), COMPACT, the Massachusetts Audubon Society, Protected Areas Conservation Trust, Environment Defense Fund the Mesoamerican Reef Fund, Rainforest Alliance, Outpost International, Hausman Foundation, Call for the Wild Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA), and other individuals, corporations, and foundations.
What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization?
Research and monitoring creates a strong research and evidence base to develop innovative, interdisciplinary research and methodologies delivering appropriate tools and approaches. Assessing the health of the ecosystem includes marine, terrestrial and freshwater systems in an integrated approach to research and recommendation, incorporating the entirety of the watershed from headwaters to the coral reefs. Ecosystem mapping, the systems based knowledge of coastal and marine socio-ecological systems includes the inter-linkages with marine and terrestrial systems to increase understanding and information management decisions. Environmental education and outreach is conducted through a variety of activities that focus on both Marine and Terrestrial priorities and include: twice monthly Radio show, Freshwater Cup Football Tournament, Summer Camp – an annual activity, TIDE Weekend – over the holiday weekend of Pan-American Day and includes the Fish Fest and Youth Conservation Competition, and Outreach to schools and students - Awareness days and events, Science fairs, Poster and essay contests, Reports and research, and Special educational exhibits. Outreach to communities - Community meetings and consultations, Community involvement in ecosystems management, Development of materials that focus on Marine and Terrestrial issues, Social Media. Outreach to the wider world community through the website, Facebook, blogs, twitter, e-news, newsletters, and other tools. TIDE conducts enforcement of laws and regulations through a series of activities: Regular patrols by TIDE rangers; Joint patrols with the Belize Defense Force, Fisheries, and others; Signage and information regarding regulations; Demarcation; Capacity building of TIDE rangers, community stewards, and members of the general public. TIDE operates ranger and visitor stations on Abalone Caye, the Rio Grande River, West Snake Caye, and at Payne’s Creek National Park and a liaison office in the Village of Monkey River to provide management of the following areas: Port Honduras Marine Reserve, Payne's Creek National Park, and TIDE Private Protected Lands.