he Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE) is a non‐profit/non¬governmental organization providing leadership in the conservation of natural resources and the protection of sensitive ecosystems in the Toledo District. It was founded in 1997 as a grassroots initiative in response to the negative environmental effects of manatee poaching, illegal fishing, illegal logging, unsustainable farming practices and other unsustainable developmental activities in southern Belize. TIDE’s mission is to foster community participation in resource management and sustainable use of ecosystems within the Maya Mountain Marine Corridor of southern Belize for the benefit of present and future generations. Today, TIDE is recognized as a leader in formulating and implementing innovative programmes to mitigate habitat and biodiversity loss, focusing on providing alternative and environmentally friendly livelihood for local residents within the reserve and buffer communities. TIDE is managed by a committed Board of Directors and collaborates closely with local, national, regional and international partners. It manages a budget of over US$ 1 million and a staff of 26 full‐time and 10 part‐time employees.