Published on September 26, 2017

Congratulations to TIDE on 20th Anniversary

TIDE wetland conservation area in Belize

The Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE) is celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2017 with the theme 20 Years of Community Participation in Conservation.  

TIDE is one of the leading conservation organizations in Central America working to protect some of the most pristine coastal and marine ecosystems. The areas that TIDE protects include at least 39 species of international concern, including Jaguar, Yellow-headed Parrot, Guatemalan Black Howler Monkey, Baird’s Tapir, West Indian Manatee, Hawksbill Sea Turtle, and Great Hammerhead Sharks.

In partnership with the Belize government, the organization manages three protected areas in the Caribbean, as well as pioneers award-winning initiatives that are being replicated as models of sustainable development elsewhere.  

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A Sample of TIDE Programs

TIDE 20th Anniversary logo

Summer Camp

Each year, TIDE engages 200 local children through summer camp, which includes field trips to the protected areas. Some of the children in camp have never been in the ocean before! TIDE has been hosting summer camp since 2006 with a different theme each year. This year, the 2017 camp program will educate children about biodiversity and its role and importance within the environment. The emphasis and field trips will focus on the terrestrial and marine ecosystems found within the Maya Mountain Marine Corridor.

Scholarship Program

TIDE supports local fishing families by providing school scholarships to over 40 of their children each year.

TIDE Freshwater Cup Football Tournament

TIDE Freshwater Cup Football Tournament players

An important component of the environmental education and outreach strategy for southern Belize, the soccer teams mobilize the community—adults, children, teens, and entire families—in developing and implementing an environmental project. Community-based programs, led by the soccer teams, teach how to conserve resources, use sustainable fishing and forestry techniques, and interpret the rules and regulations that protect the area and its endangered species.

To register for the tournament, each team must first design and execute an environmental project that is based in their community. At both the junior and senior levels, prizes are awarded to students and adults alike for environmental project excellence and for winning the sports competition. A popular, fun, and very effective program for environmental education!

Alternative Livelihood Training

This past year, TIDE has funded and organized a number of alternative livelihood training opportunities for fisherfolk and members of communities that neighbor protected areas. A key part of TIDE’s work is complementing their conservation work with robust investments in alternative livelihoods for the communities that have traditionally relied on the marine and terrestrial resources they now protect. These new work programs include courses in electrical and plumbing work, sewing and textiles courses, mixology, food, and beverage training.


Learn More 

Download the tour brochure for complete details, including itinerary, pricing, and booking information.

TIDE 20th Anniversary Celebration Tour
October 5-8, 2017

Punta Gorda, Belize

Join us in Punta Gorda to celebrate! A wonderful program of hikes, snorkeling, visits, and tours of the varied TIDE projects will great fun for all. Connecting with the local community members as well as international travelers, friends, and sponsors, the TIDE staff will share their work and the benefits of sustainable natural resource management throughout the Toledo community. Connections are at the heart of TIDE success.

Tour package includes the following: 

  • Return transfers on Tropic Air from Phillip Goldson International Airport to Punta Gorda on arrival and departure days
  • Local transfers from Punta Gorda airport to hotel on arrival and departure days
  • All activities outlined in the schedule
  • Most meals while in Punta Gorda (excluding lunch on arrival day and meals on TIDE Fish Festival day)
  • Accommodations at one of the two selected properties
  • Ticket to TIDE Fish Festival Gala