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Challenges Facing Belizean Fishers Documented

British Honduras was built on logwood and mahogany trade. That colonial history was based on exploitation of natural resources and people.  Though we have achieved independence, Belizeans still depend on [...]

Sargassum in San Pedro: San Pedranos Respond

The Caribbean Tourism Organization has issued an official release on a seasonal visitor which has overstayed its welcome in the region. Sargassum seaweed originates in the Sargasso Sea and because [...]

Drought in Orange Walk Results in Millions of Losses for Farmers

Farmers in the deepest South of the Orange Walk District are facing the grim reality of millions of dollars in losses. And it’s all because of an ongoing drought in [...]

C.C.C.C.C. Hosts Forum in the City

In a short while, the second in a series of Caribbean Climate Change exchanges will commence at the Ramada Belize City Princess and will be broadcast right here on Channel [...]

Media Expedition to Port of Honduras

Media personnel were ferried out to a little known – at least to the city-centric journalists – protected area in Southern Belize called the Port Honduras Marine Reserve. The trip [...]

N.G.O.s Present Concerns on Protected Areas Bills

In June, two bills were presented to the House for a first reading – an amended PACT Bill and a brand new National Protected Areas System Bill. But while the [...]

APAMO/PfB Respond to Minister’s Criticisms

This morning, the N.G.O. stakeholders asked the House sub-committee for more time, and they were granted that time, which means that there is room for much more consultation and input. [...]

Revising the Manatee Recovery Plan

Will Belize’s manatees get the help that they need? For a very long time we have reported on the cases of manatee injury and deaths. Over the past few years [...]

Fisheries Industry Recognizes Outstanding Fisher Folk…

The fishing industry is said to contribute approximately three to five percent to Belize’s GDP and employs several thousand locals. At the heart of the industry stand the front line [...]

…Accompanying Documentary Launched

At the award ceremony this morning, a documentary was also launched, titled: Fishing: A Belizean Way of Life Now and Into the Future. Ralna Lewis, the lead on the project [...]

Mexican Naval Vessel Runs Aground Near Blackadore Caye

Exactly two weeks after a Guatemalan gunboat ran aground in Belizean waters near Glovers Reef, another maritime vessel has beached in shallow waters south of Blackadore Caye.  This time, a [...]

What’s Up With the PACT Bill?

Today Minister of Fisheries, Forests and Sustainable Development Lisel Alamilla was in the House of Representatives, surrounded by invited representatives of various conservation N.G.O.s. They were there for the passage [...]

Santa Cruz Villagers Meet With Maya Leaders Alliance Post Rupert Myles Incident

There is public outrage over an incident that took place in Santa Cruz, Toledo on Saturday afternoon. A Creole man, Rupert Myles was detained by a group of Maya residents [...]

Maya Community Appalled at PM Barrow’s Comments on Myles’ Detention

This afternoon in Santa Cruz, dozens of villagers were attempting to determine the possible outcome of this volatile situation.  While residents maintain that the buildup, as well as the resultant [...]

PM Comments on EU Blacklisting Belize’s Offshore Sector

Last week Belize was blacklisted by the European Union, along with thirty other countries. The European Union claims that Belize is a tax haven for companies which are seeking to [...]

PM on Beached Guatemalan Gun Boat

Last week, we tried to get an official comment on the assessment of damages cause by the Guatemalan gunboat, Tecum Uman, running on the reef near Middle Caye. That comment [...]

APAMO Comes Out Against Proposed New Legislation

The Association of Protected Areas Management Organizations, APAMO, is the most recent to weigh in on the National Protected Areas Bill and supplementary changes to other supporting legislation.  The government [...]

How Will Consolidated Funds be Divvied Up?

Despite the fact that government intends to merge funds from respective member organizations under APAMO, a comprehensive framework or mechanism remains to be put in place to determine the breakdown [...]

B.T.I.A. Pres. Says Consultation on Protected Areas Bills was Selective

Today, N.G.O.s continue to express serious concerns with two pieces of legislation allegedly tabled before Cabinet. This first is the brand new National Protected Areas System Bill and the second [...]

Says Amendments Would Negatively Impact PACT’s Function

Another concern with the N-PAS Bill is that it would establish a National Protected Areas Council, but only in an advisory capacity and not an administrative capacity as sought by [...]

Amendments Would Put PACT Board Under G.O.B. Control

And then there is a concern with the composition of the PACT Board of Directors, which would change significantly with the amendments which have been proposed.   Via Phone: Osmany [...]

PACT Act Amendments Tabled in Cabinet

Amendments to the PACT Act which were allegedly tabled at Cabinet have been the cause of much speculation and even concern among N.G.O.s in Belize. Some representatives we spoke to [...]

N.G.O.s Have Concerns About Amendments

Among the complaints we’ve heard about the proposed amendments is that there is much more power being vested in the Minister, and apparently less inclusion of N.G.O.’s and less dependence [...]

New Fire Tower for Rio Bravo Protected Area

Nestled in the far reaches of the Belize River Valley is the Rio Bravo Protected Area, a large and lushly forested zone where flora and fauna thrive. But like other [...]

DOE Damage Assessment at Glover’s Reef Completed

The assessment of damages caused to the reef by a Guatemalan vessel running aground last Wednesday has been completed. On Thursday, the preliminary dive was done by members of the [...]