Saturday, May 18, 2024

Wildlife Conservation Society

U.S. Embassy Launches Podcast Series Spotlighting U.S.-Belize Relations

On February 23, 2024, the U.S. Embassy Belmopan released a podcast series focused on U.S.-Belize relations. “Palmside Chat with Ambassador Michelle Kwan” features the Ambassador having discussions with Belizean and American leaders on topics that will range from food and culture to today’s pressing political issues, including economic development, security, migration, and human rights.

Launch of a Credit Facility for Artisanal fishers to improve livelihoods and strengthen stewardship for sustainable fisheries

In an effort to promote sustainable fishing and stronger stewardship of Belize’s rich marine environment, the Government of Belize and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) joined forces with the Development Finance Corporation of Belize (DFC), and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) to establish a pilot program to support licensed artisanal fishers through loans tailored to their needs.

Population Growth of the ‘Hicatee’ Turtle at Cox Lagoon in the Maya Forest Corridor

Hicatees live in freshwaters such as rivers, creeks, and lagoons, and build their nests on the banks. They are large aquatic animals that eat plants, overhanging vegetation, fruits, and flowers. They uniquely show sexual dimorphism where adult males express visibly express a yellow to orange head coloration.

Reef Week 2023 hosts educational fair in San Pedro

On Friday, March 10th, a group of non-governmental organizations, tourism partners, and members from the business community came together to host a fair celebrating Reef Week 2023. The event is celebrated in different areas of the country each year. This year’s reef fair was held in San Pedro Town, featuring educational booths, games, activities, music, food, and drinks.

Reef Week 2023 to be celebrated under the theme: For health, wealth and pleasure, our reef is a treasure!

In March 2023, local non-governmental organizations, tourism partners and allies from the business community will host a series of fun, educational and civic-minded events to celebrate the many ways the Belize Barrier Reef contributes to the national economy and to the Belizean identity.

WCS Belize remembers Jon Ramnarace, as enthusiastic, competent, dedicated, innovative, warm, friendly, and family-oriented

Jon Ramnarace was a vital teammate and true friend. We at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) had the fortune of seeing his skills, broad knowledge, and wide influence while working with him for six years. Jon brought his gregarious nature, enthusiasm, and technology competency to our conservation programs, supporting many national initiatives intended to help safeguard Belize’s marine and terrestrial resources.

National Spiny Lobster (Panulirus argus) Stock Assessment

The Belize Fisheries Department held a National Spiny Lobster Stock Assessment Workshop from June 20–24, 2022 in Belize City in partnership with Environmental Defense Fund and with expert support from Cuba’s Centro de Investigaciones Pesqueras (CIP)/ Center for Fisheries Research). The workshop convened scientists, fishery managers, and other stakeholders to conduct a scientific assessment of the spiny lobster population in Belize to inform the sustainable management of the lobster fishery.

Women of Coastal Fishing Community to Participate in 5th Women in Fisheries Forum

The Government of Belize, through the Ministry of Blue Economy and Civil Aviation (MBECA), in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Representative for Jamaica, the Bahamas and Belize, Belize’s National Designated Authority to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and Wildlife Conservation Society, organized the 5th Women in Fisheries Forum (WIFF): Gender and Climate Change – Understanding the Link. The event took place on June 15 and 16, 2022, at the Umaya Resort and Adventures in Placencia and Monkey River Village.