Saturday, May 18, 2024

World Heritage Site

Road and bridge proposal to connect Ambergris Caye with Mexico concerns environmentalists

After it was revealed by Prime Minister Honourable John Briceño that there is a proposal to connect Ambergris Caye with the Mexican Yucatan peninsula via a bridge, environmentalists have sounded the alarm of its negative impact could cause to that part of the island. With a bridge, a road will be a must, and this development means that the Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve in the area could be in jeopardy. Its unique wildlife face displacement, and sea turtle nesting areas could become a thing of the past.

Collaborative Partnerships Define New Shark Regulations and Cooperation with Fishers in Belize

Sharks are being threatened in the Caribbean and around the world. Belize aims to improve shark conservation and management with newly adopted regulations. The new regulations protect sharks as apex predators of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, a World Heritage Site. Shark fishing will be prohibited within a two nautical mile radius around Lighthouse Reef, Glover’s Reef, and Turneffe Atolls, establishing a safe haven measuring 1,500 square miles. These recommendations were made by the National Shark Working Group, a team comprised of the Government of Belize, shark fisher folks, NGOs and researchers.

Environmentalists weigh in on the Belize Barrier Reef removal from UNESCO’S In-Danger list

While it's good news that the Belize Barrier Reef is off the UNESCO List of In-Danger World Heritage Sites, there is much to be done to ensure it stays off the list. Stakeholders have moved their goals to ensuring its health is a priority, calling on the Belizean community to protect and preserve every square inch of the magnificent reef.

The Belize Barrier Reef is officially off UNESCO’S In-Danger list

On Tuesday, June 26th, during their 42nd annual meeting in Manama, Bahrain, the World Heritage Committee removed the Belize Barrier Reef from the UNESCO World Heritage Center List of World Heritage in Danger.

Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System remains in UNESCO Danger List; Land Development to blame

The World Heritage Committee in its 2017 decision to retain the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System (BBRRS) on the Danger List, stressing the urgency of addressing development issues within the BBRRS.

Mangrove Study shows positive results for Belize

The findings showed a positive turnout, as minimal clearing of mangroves has occurred within the Barrier Reef Reserve and with only one of the protected areas showing changes in mangrove cover.

Eight years later, Belize Barrier Reef remains on the UNESCO ‘in danger’ list

The state of Belize’s Barrier Reef System continues to be poor and for another consecutive year it will remain on the UNESCO World Heritage Site’s ‘in danger list.’

Belize Barrier Reef to celebrate 20 years as World Heritage Site

December of this year will mark the 20th anniversary of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System (BBRRS) being inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.