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Paynes Creek National Park

Paynes Creek, Belize


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Payne's Creek National Park is a nature reserve in the Toledo District of southern Belize. This national park, stretched along the lower reaches of the Monkey River, was previously disturbed by banana farming and slash-and-burn agricultural practices; however, in 2007 a verdant broadleaf secondary forest provides habitat for a diverse tropical flora and fauna. The park encompasses 37,680 acres (152 km2) of land including the dominant broadleaf forest as well as mangrove areas.(Toledo Institute) Black howler monkey troops are abundant, each troop maintaining a home range of 40,000 to 70,000 square metres (430,000 to 750,000 sq ft) in this forest(Lumina, 2006). At least four Maya sites have been discovered in the Park (Calico) to date. Included are a site now under water, with rare preserved wooden artifacts and portions of wooden buildings.

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    Protected Area updated by Land Information Centre, Land and Surveys Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment, Belize, facilitated by UNEP-WCMC

    about 2 years ago

    Modified see details >
  • 77add320b44a132407c166f4728290b8

    chriss_p updated the Community Protected Area ...

    about 3 years ago

    Modified Governance Type, Management Authority see details >

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Official Record

  • WDPA ID61958
  • NamePaynes Creek
  • Original NamePaynes Creek
  • Country / TerritoryBLZ
  • Sub locationBZ-TOL

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  • IUCN CategoryIIWhat is this?
  • English DesignationNational Park
  • Designation TypeNational
  • StatusDesignated
  • Status Year1994
  • Reported Area km2152.485549996
  • Marinetrue
  • Reported Marine Area km20.0
  • No TakeNot Reported
  • No Take Area km20.0
  • Governance TypeCollaborative management
  • International CriteriaNot Applicable
  • Management AuthorityForest Department/Toledo Institute for Development & Environment
  • Management Plan URLNot Reported




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Land Information Centre, Land and Surveys Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment, Belize (2011)

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