Ridge to Reef Expeditions

Join our team in Belize and take part in tropical conservation and research programs from 'ridge to reef', protecting ecosystems from forest ridges to coral reefs.

About the Project

The Maya Mountain Marine Corridor in southern Belize is home to over 48 endangered species, and communities that depend on natural resources for the livelihoods. This important landscape faces pressures such as poaching, land degradation and climate change, posing a threat to the ecosystems and life they support.

The Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE) was established in 1997 to help protect these resources, and now manages over 160,000 acres of land and sea.

TIDE is working with communities to promote sustainable use and management of the area's rich resources, from the highest forest ridges to the coral reefs of the ocean floor, and does this through four key program areas:

1. Research and Monitoring
2. Resource Protection
3. Education and Outreach
4. Community Development

Our pioneering initiatives bring people and nature together. Our community and education programs are winning international awards and being replicated as models of sustainable development elsewhere in the Caribbean, and our marine research is used by the Department of Fisheries to determine fishery policy.

Social Impact

Since TIDE's establishment in 1997 we have gained co-management authority of over 160,000 acres of land and sea scape, and manage these areas for the benefit of all.

From sustainably managing local fisheries and endangered species recovery programs, to local education programs and creating alternate livelihood solutions, our work benefits all in the region.

We have won international awards for our community training programs and youth empowerment programs.

NPO Status
Yes, registered non-profit organisation
Foundation Year
1997
Contact Person
Caroline Oliver
Where can you volunteer?
What can you do?
Payne's Creek from the lagoon bank Engage with local schoolchildren Chill out after a day of hard work Clean up turtle nesting beaches Don't be afraid to get your feet muddy! Releasing endangered parrots into the wild Use your new SCUBA skills for fisheries research Jaguar caught on our cameratrap Traverse through jungle treetops Relax in the heart of the marine reserve Collect valuable data alongside local scientists Get lost in the rhythm at the local drum school Get your PADI SCUBA certification Weekend retreat in Big Falls village Explore ancient Maya sites Learn monitoring techniques from local experts Help reforest areas of riverbank Assess coral reef health Volunteer bunkhouse at Payne's Creek Dive into Rio Blanco waterfalls Help reforest areas of riverbank Use your new SCUBA skills for fisheries research Collect valuable data alongside local scientists Jaguar caught on our cameratrap Chill out after a day of hard work Weekend retreat in Big Falls village Volunteer bunkhouse at Payne's Creek Assess coral reef health Explore ancient Maya sites Engage with local schoolchildren Learn monitoring techniques from local experts Dive into Rio Blanco waterfalls Payne's Creek from the lagoon bank Get lost in the rhythm at the local drum school Don't be afraid to get your feet muddy! Get your PADI SCUBA certification Traverse through jungle treetops Relax in the heart of the marine reserve Releasing endangered parrots into the wild Clean up turtle nesting beaches