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Apr 8, 2014

Biodiversity offset gives private sector an opportunity to be creative

Kay Menzies

Day-two of the workshop targeted the private sector on how the concept of biodiversity offsets can help the economic status of the country and alleviate poverty; specifically for those living among rich, environmentally-diverse communities. For President of the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Kay Menzies, it provides entrepreneurs and private sector with an opportunity to be creative.

 

Kay Menzies, President, Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry

“I think everybody kinda looks at it and thinks oh my god it’s some way of trying to do business and trying to safe environment all at once—and it is—but they tend to think that means that you are going to spend millions trying to avoid damaging an environment and that makes it harder to do business. I think e need to start looking at it from a smaller perspective. We are here to learn a lot today and I think that we have a beautiful environment in Belize and with a lot of creativity and a lot of hard work which we need in business anyway that we can do quite a bit. The thing we have is that we have a lot of communities that live within the best and most beautiful parts of our environment. We need to find ways for them to begin to develop sustainably and to thrive and it is not impossible at all. If we are creative enough and we work hard enough to find solutions, we can actually find solutions that allow Belizeans to thrive; to begin making more of an income than they make now and still find that our environment thrives along with it. Not impossible at all.”

 

Follow up workshops are to be held in the months to come to include further participation of the private sector.

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