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Belize Restoring Its Damaged Ocean   Recently updated !

By Tik Root – Originally published on April 11, 2018 on National Geographic The Astrum helicopter company launches from a base less than five miles from where Belize City meets the Caribbean. In the backseat, to my left, is Belizean Senator Valerie Woods. Across from us are two representatives from international ocean protection organization Oceana, which organized the flight. The country’s minister of state, Carla Barnett, climbs into the front seat. “I haven’t been in a helicopter for a long time,” she mutters, pulling on her headset. The doors shut, and we’re off. As we rise above the trees, Belize […]


National Aquaculture Sector Overview

Characteristics, structure and resources of the sector Summary Aquaculture in Belize formally began in 1982 with the development of ten acres (4 ha) of experimental ponds by a private company, in the southern part of the Country. Since that time, the industry has developed rapidly and has become firmly established as a significant contributor to the Belizean economy in terms of foreign exchange earnings, income generation, employment, nutrition, and food security. In Belize, the aquaculture industry is primarily based on the production of the whiteleg shrimp (Penaeus vannamei). Aquaculture in Belize has been expanding in volume and value more rapidly […]


The struggle for Maya land, oil, and gold

by Robin Llewellyn 11 July 2012 After two very recent attacks on Maya community leaders in Guatemala, the challenges faced by the lawyers applying domestic law and international indigenous rights legislation to these conflicts are revealing, as legal concepts are reinterpreted by governments in indigenous communities across the Maya region of Central America. On the night of 12 June two men broke into the home of José Tavico Tzunun in Santa Cruz del Qiché, Western Guatemala, and murdered him. Tzunun was a member of the K’iche’ Peoples Council in Defense of Life, Mother Nature, Earth, and Indigenous Territory. He helped […]


Case study of Agricultural Policies in Belize 2

REPORT PREPARED FOR THE CARICOM SECRETARIAT CONSULTING TEAM (CORE): SINGH, R.H. (PH.D.) RANKINE, L.B. (PH.D.) SEEPERSAD, G. (M.SC.) THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS AND EXTENSION THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES ST. AUGUSTINE, TRINIDAD W.I. DECEMBER 2005 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Purpose & Scope of the Review This Report provides an analytical review of the major policy provisions for the agricultural sector in Belize. The focus is on the appropriateness of the policy mix in facilitating transformation of the sector into one characterized by higher levels of efficiency and competitiveness. The review is conducted within the context of the challenges confronting agriculture […]


Maya Land Rights & Governance

Cristina Coc and Pabla Miss from the Maya Leaders Association Toledo Alcaldes Association discuss their advocacy for Maya land rights in Belize. Maya Land Rights: the Conejo and Santa Cruz Lawsuits Contact: Nancy Stanley, Associate Director for External Relations The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law 520-621-8430 (office) 520-979-0142 (cell) James Anaya 520-626-6341 (office) UA LAW PROFESSOR AND STUDENTS HELP SECURE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS FOR THE MAYA COMMUNITIES OF BELIZE In a potentially precedent-setting step with far-reaching implications, the Maya indigenous villages of Conejo and Santa Cruz will soon file claims in the Supreme Court of Belize, asserting […]


Resilient Communities with Cristina Coc

Cristina Coc discusses issues with Alec Baldwin and Aaron Sherinian at Earth To Paris. Giving voice on an international platform to indigenous peoples of Belize as they talk about climate change and its solutions. “The most important thing is to learn from indigenous and forest communities on how they do sustainable development – Christina Coc” Governments have the responsibility to set the framework for action … but the energy and innovation really happens at the local and regional level. Related articles Climate warriors, renewables champions, carbon absorbers or not? (earthtimes.org) Tackling Climate Change in the Caribbean: Natural Solutions to a […]


Commonwealth Caribbean Economic Integration

LIMITED OFFICIAL USE PAGE 01 STATE 099857 44 ORIGIN ARA-17 INFO OCT-01 ADP-00 AID-20 CIAE-00 COME-00 EB-11 FRB-02 INR-10 NSAE-00 RSC-01 TRSE-00 XMB-07 OPIC-12 CIEP-02 LAB-06 SIL-01 OMB-01 L-03 TAR-02 /096 R DRAFTED BY ARA/ CAR/ J: WPKELLY/ PWHILBURN, JR.: JANET 5/24/73 EXT-23447 APPROVED BY ARA/ CAR: JRBURKE ARA/ CAR: PFCANNEY ARA/ ECP: JLANDBERG ARA/ CAR: WBWHEELER ARA/ CEN: SLIPPE ——————— 026226 R 241617 Z MAY 73 FM SECSTATE WASHDC TO AMCONSUL BELIZE AMEMBASSY BRIDGETOWN AMEMBASSY GEORGETOWN AMEMBASSY KINGSTON AMCONSUL NASSAU AMEMBASSY PORT OF SPAIN LIMITED OFFICIAL USE STATE 099857 E. O. 11652 N/ A TAGS: EGEN, EEC, BB, BH, […]


Partial Scope Agreement Between the Government of Belize and the Government of the Republic of Guatemala

PARTIAL SCOPE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF BELIZE AND THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF GUATEMALA The Government of Belize and the Government of the Republic of Guatemala, hereinafter referred to collectively as “the Parties”, CONSIDERING that the Parties are members of the World Trade Organization (WTO); BEARING IN MIND the rights and obligations of the Parties as members of the Central American Integration System (SICA); HAVING REGARD to the rights and obligations of Belize under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas Establishing the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Including the CARICOM Single Market and Economy; CONSIDERING the desirability of dynamic and balanced […]


Factory Farming – It's coming to Belize 1

I watched Food Inc when it was released and it is important to watch. I have asked media houses in Belize to air this so people understand what is happening around them. I know you have heard the terms GMO or Organic Food; you may have even heard of Factory Farming. If you have not heard about these you may be asking what these are about. GMO – Genetically Modified Organism GMOs (or “genetically modified organisms”) are living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering, or GE. This relatively new science creates unstable […]


Environment and development in coastal regions and in small islands

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF URBAN AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT A case history: Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico By Peter V. Wiese, retired exploration geologist Executive Summary Before its development, Cancún Island was a barrier island, 17 km long and 100-400 m wide. It faced the Caribbean Sea and enclosed a shallow lagoon and was an important nesting site for seabirds and sea turtles. There were several openings to the mangrove lined lagoon in which there was a variety of marine life. In order to create a tax base for the newly created state of Quintana Roo (1973), it was decided to create an […]


UnHappy Birthday Belize

I wanted to wait for the festivities to simmer down before I put my thoughts out to my fellow Belizeans. I do not know how you will receive my speech or how it will be scrutinized, but these are my heartfelt convictions. I heard some of the speeches and for the most part heard a lot of pretty flowers, shiny gems and smelt nice perfume that all masked the reality that our nation faces today, 33 years and a couple days old. I won’t go into the pretties too much, you know that is not me. My idea is to […]