Saturday, May 25, 2024

Environmental Impact Assessment

Clearing of mangroves and garbage dumping in southern Ambergris Caye lagoon raise concerns

Over the past several weeks' residents south of San Pedro Town have observed large areas of mangroves being cleared bit by bit, while tons of sargassum and loads of garbage are dumped into the lagoon with the apparent purpose of filling the wetland habitat into land.

New information indicates Eco-resort on Blackadore Caye to open by 2020

Most recent news has indicated plans for the opening of the multimillion dollar eco-friendly resort development at Blackadore Caye set for 2020.

95-room hotel development puts Turneffe Atoll at risk

The increasing private ownership within the Atoll since 2005 has led to many unsustainable practices: the destruction of mangroves and dredging of seabeds, which are important marine habitats. Belize reaps an estimated $540 Million annual economic benefit from the Turneffe Atoll, which has now been put at risk by a huge 95-room hotel development without so much as an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), the Turneffe Atoll Trust warned in a report presented to the media at the Radisson Fort George Hotel in Belize City on Tuesday morning, December 18.

To better protect Belize’s environment, the EIA process is under review

While all new developments in Belize are required to undergo the approval of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) by the DOE, shortcomings in the legislation and process are resulting in the construction of developments that pose considerable damage to the surrounding environment.

Letter to the Editor: Cayo Rosario is a burden

"The burden of supporting a new offshore luxury resort should not be borne by Ambergris Caye, but instead should be borne by Cayo Rosario itself, and if Cayo Rosario cannot bear such a burden, then the project should not proceed as planned."

Islanders Stand against Large-Scale Over-the-Water Development in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve

The approval comes despite vehement objection to the construction of numerous over-the-water structures and extensive dredging within the newly expanded Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

Authorities won’t confirm if Cayo Rosario tourism project has been approved

Cayo Rosario is a 10-acre privately owned island west of Ambergris Caye, packed with mangroves and teeming with wildlife. According to an online publication, the project was approved in the second week of April and calls for 80% of the project to be constructed off the island as over-the-water structures.

Caye Caulker residents weigh in on the impacts from the Caye Chapel Development

The massive development at the island of Caye Chapel, which its Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), is yet to be approved by the Department of Environment (DOE), has Caye Caulker residents very concerned.