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Jul 12, 2016

Barrier Reef System Remains on Endangered List

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee has decided to keep the Belize Barrier Reef System on the List of World Heritage in Danger.  That decision comes after a meeting today in Istanbul, Turkey.  The reason given by the committee is due to the continued threats from oil exploration, damaging coastal construction and pollution.  Notwithstanding that decision, Belize has committed to protecting the reef by agreeing to ban oil exploration within the World Heritage Site.  The committee, for its part, requested that that pledge be enacted in law.  WWF- Belize Reef Scientist Nadia Bood, who attended the meeting, says, “We are moving in the right direction with this decision, but it’s a long road to ensure that both the reef and the people who rely on it are protected into the future.  WWF welcomes expert monitoring mission by the end of this year to assess the government’s progress.”  The meeting today succeeds the Reef Score Card which was released on Thursday of last week.

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