Belize mangroves. Image: Bernt Rostad.
Biodiversity

New regulations to protect mangroves in Belize

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 …

Belize beach. Image: Lucía García González
Oceans

First marine litter collection campaign sets the baseline in Belize

The Belize Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute (CZMAI), in collaboration with Oceana Belize and the World Wildlife Fund, recently completed a national marine litter campaign: It is the first of its kind to be held in Belize and it came to fruition after some of the staff at the …

Redonda. Image: Lauren Delizia
General

Green Antilles link roundup: July 22, 2018

IUCN publishes new Guidelines for invasive species planning and management on islands — the guidelines aim to catalyse strategic planning and assist the rational prioritization of scarce resources for successful action against IAS. Barbados mulls offshore energy options — Barbados has opened a call for studies into the potential for offshore wind …

Fishers, Belize. Image: Nancy and Randy
Fisheries
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Outstanding fisherfolk in Belize receive Fisherfolk Month recognition

Breaking Belize News reports on Fisherfolk Month celebrations in Belize, during which three fishers received awards in recognition of their contribution to the sustainability of the fisheries sector: Three Belizean fishers – two men and a woman – were this morning recognized in official ceremonies held in Belize City to …

Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System. Image: Jetske
Oceans

Belize Barrier Reef removed from World Heritage ‘threatened’ list

Great news from Belize! The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced that the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System has been removed from the list of threatened World Heritage Sites: Unesco removed the Mesoamerican coral reef in Belize from its list of threatened World Heritage Sites on …

Landscape, Barbados. Image: OakleyOriginals
Agriculture

FAO, Mexico to assist Caribbean countries with climate resilient agriculture

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations and the government of Mexico have established a fund to help fourteen Caribbean countries leverage additional financial support to make their agricultural systems more climate resilient: Fourteen countries from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have agreed to boost their resilience and …

Produce grown by ESTM students is used in the school’s cafeteria and sold in the community. Image credit: CDB
Agriculture

Caribbean Development Bank supports education for agriculture in Belize

The Caribbean Development Bank is planting a seed to shape the future of agriculture in Belize: For over 185 students in Belize’s Corozal District, an opportunity to test their green thumbs is creating a great deal of excitement. A new state-of-the-art greenhouse constructed at the Escuela Secundaria Técnica México (ESTM) …