Partnership and meaningful stakeholder engagement

Published: 12 October 2015
Last edited: 12 January 2017
During the first year of the project, we developed a partnership with a range of groups and individuals interested in economic valuation and marine conservation in Belize. Our core partners were WWF-Central America and World Conservation Society, but we also worked with more than 10 Belizean NGOs, MPA co-managing organizations, and government departments, as well as faculty at Belize’s universities. We held a workshop in Belize in 2007 to introduce economic valuation and held several follow-up workshops in the following year, focusing separately on shoreline protection, fisheries, and tourism in greater depth. The project partnership represented the views and expertise of a wide range of primary, secondary, and external stakeholders. The partnership was instrumental in helping design the valuation study, identify potential policy applications and outreach opportunities, collect data, and communicate results to decision makers.

Classifications

Category
Alliance and partnership development
Scale of implementation
National
Subnational
Local
Phase of solution
Entirety

Enabling factors

• Time and resources dedicated to building and communicating with partnership • Previous experience and partnerships/relationships in Belize • Open communication and mutual respect

Lessons learned

The positive results of working very closely with our partners on policy applications in Belize reinforced the lesson that early and frequent contact with knowledgeable partners is crucial to producing useful results and supporting conservation and sustainable development outcomes.