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Jan 31, 2000

Melchor, Benque and San Ignacio Mayors vow to protect Mopan River

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Citizens out west are also promoting the conservation of their natural resources. This weekend the Mayors of Melchor De Mencos in Guatemala, San Ignacio and Benque Viejo del Carmen in Western Belize signed an agreement to protect the Mopan Watershed. The three towns agree that the Mopan River is their most important natural resource and they will join forces to promote eco-tourism in the area and prevent river contamination. A bi-national commission will be formed and the various town boards will seek funding. Area Representative for Cayo Central Dan Silva signed the agreement with Mayors Manuel Mendez of Benque, Desmond Berry of San Ignacio and Jorge Couj Valdez of Melchor.

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