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Nov 16, 2011

Rape of Chiquibul Forest Reserve unchecked

It is no secret that the Chiquibul Forest Reserve is under threat and by now the situation has become dangerous.  To compound the serious state of affairs, it was revealed two weeks ago that illegal Guatemalan loggers and poachers have ventured deep into the Chiquibul and are in close range of the Caracol Archaeological Site. Over the years the illegal activities of poaching, logging, and extraction of xate as well as other precious woods, have been taking place with relative ease. Friends of Conservation and Development, who co-manages the national park, has alerted that Belize is losing millions of dollars. At a press conference this afternoon, the NGO said that the loss of income has further increased along with the destruction of one of the most fragile areas of Belize. While joint patrols by FCD, B.D.F. and Police have detained a number of trespassers, the rate of conviction is relatively low. FCD singled out the case of one Guatemalan, Rigoberto Gutierrez, who was caught armed but later released. He has since rebuilt a camp and is believed to be hosting other poachers. At its press conference at the Radisson, the NGO highlighted the plight of the national park.

Boris Arrevalo, Biologist & Research Coordinator, FCD

Boris Arrevalo

“In regards to the Scarlet Macaws, there is great interest in the poaching of these birds. Over the last three years more than fifty percent of the nests monitored by FCD have been poached so that has a great blow on the Scarlet Macaw population. Now, in regards to the illegal logging activity which is of major concern to us right now in the Chiquibul Forest, based on the preliminary study which we have conducted in the Caracol Archaeological Reserve, there are alone the economic loss due to illegal logging has been over four million Belize dollars and over the whole Chiquibul Forest which we categorize it as the illegal logging zone of influence, that goes over the fifteen million Belize dollars nuh. Now in Xate, Xate was one of the activities that started way, way back in the early nineties and it has continued on. In Xate we don’t have any recent data but based on data that we have from 2005, they have projected that from 2000-2005 over thirty seven point eight million Xate leaves have been illegally extracted from the Forest, that has a monetary value of around one million Belize dollars. Now, agricultural incursions this happen mainly along the Western Border to about four kilometers into Belizean Territory up to April of 2011, almost nine thousand hectares have been deforested for agricultural purposes.”

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9 Responses for “Rape of Chiquibul Forest Reserve unchecked”

  1. Storm says:

    An armed Guat RELEASED without charges?

    Any Belizean would do the mandatory 2 years in Hattieville.

    We’re being INVADED, and we have Neville Chamberlain Juniior for a PM, when we need Winston Churchill!

    No appeasement, DEFEND THE JEWEL!

  2. blackberry says:

    To put this into prospective one acre of every square mile of belize is being cultivated illegally. had belizeans been doing this they would be in prizon. Solution, hire a crop duster and spray crorp with herbiside three weeks after spraying.

  3. Positive says:

    This is not working Guys. Please, get our BDF in action and let’s take back our land!

  4. louisville,ky says:

    Unless and until the GoB find the will to address this urgent situation, the rape and pillaging of Belize’s natural resources will continue unabated. I know that money is scarce everywhere but, somehow, somewhere the Government will have to find a way to stop this outright disrespect and disregard shown to the souverignty and territorial integrity of this country.
    The government and people of Belize are being ‘Punked’, by a bunch of Guatemalan Bandits. And guess what…. if you don’t stop them, they won’t stop. At least not anytime soon.
    Just imagine what could be done for Belizeans with the millions and millions of dollars worth of products stolen from the forest. Talk about poverty alleviation?…….Thats part of the solution right there. These elected officials need to start using their brain for things other than to enrich themselves.It is not Rocket Surgery ! Come to think of it , they are just as bad as the Guatemalan Bandidos.

  5. e.myvett says:

    Belizean authorities needs to stop fighting against there own people.All they do is violate the rights of the Belizean people while the aliens do what they want.So called public servants,you are going to need the people one day

  6. Ocaso says:

    I am more convinced than ever that the intensified and unrelenting assault on our borders is being permitted if not facilitated at the highest levels within and outside of Belize. There is no other logical explanation for why our own PM claimed last week that he had “no knowledge” of the encroachments being as severe as they are. To underscore my point look at the way the international community sits and watches the Palestinians in the West Bank get pushed off their own land http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-15753945 – the parallels are as plain as the missing antiques at the house of culture.

  7. Get it right says:

    I say go and set land mines or death traps or bear traps all over the border line and the areas that they are stealing the trees. Make examples of these Guatemalans and make them fear to chop our trees. I know our resources are limited but the further in they go, the closer they get to a populated area. When that occurs they will be a threat to the societies in the area we don’t want any lives being lost because we ignored the issue. Belize and its people need to stop being a reactive society and adapt a more proactive one. Meaning we have to stop waiting for something bad to happen to try fix it, instead lets take measures to prevent the bad things from happening.

  8. concern belizean says:

    IF BELIZEANS WERE TO DO THIS IN GUATEMALA, THEY WOULD BE SHOT. RECENTLY THERE WAS A BELIZEAN MAN IN THE NEWS THAT GOT 10 YEARS IN JAIL FOR STEALING $710 WORTH OF GOODS. THESE PEOPLE HAS STOLEN MILLIONS AND ARE GETTING AWAY WITH IT. IS THE GOVERNMENT SCARED OF THE GUATEMALANS. IF THE GOVERNMENT DON’T DO SOMETHING TO STOP THESE PEOPLE, THEY WILL SOON BE MOVING IN ON YOUR PROPERTY. AND IF THESE PEOPLE CAN COME INTO BELIZE AN DO AS THEY PLEASE, WHAT TO STOP THE GUATEMALAN ARMY FROM COMING IN AN TAKE OVER. (WHAT A USELESS GOVERNMENT)

  9. Earl Grey says:

    Send the Belize City gangsters out there to protect our territory

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