New regulations to protect mangroves in Belize

Belize mangroves. Image: Bernt Rostad.
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Belize recently passed new regulations to improve protection and conservation of mangroves:

On June 15, 2018, the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development, and Immigration, Godwin Hulse signed the Forests (Protection of Mangroves) Regulations 2018 [to] come into effect on June 23, 2018, upon publication in the Gazette.

These new regulations place greater emphasis on the management and conservation of mangroves in critical areas on the mainland and on the cayes.

[They] also recognize the significance of mangroves as an important feature of the country’s coastline and cayes – the role they play in coastline protection, contribution to our economy, and their aesthetic, ecological, and environmental values and functions.

Source: Breaking Belize News.

[Image: Bernt Rostad]

 

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