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Nov 4, 2016

A step forward, but environmentalists still want complete ban

So, is this a step forward or a step backward? And will it move the Coalition even slightly from its position that a complete ban on offshore petroleum-related activity of any kind should be banned? We asked Amanda Burgos Acosta to respond.


Amanda Burgos-Acosta, Executive Director, Belize Audubon Society

“Our position has remained resilient or we have remained stands firm in our position since 2010. Pretty much we believe that there should be a ban of offshore exploration as well as within protected areas terrestrially. So, we have not changed, we have not wavered in that and we will continue to proceed along those line. It is a process; it has been five years in the process so we will continue this process.”



“Does this represent a step forward? Backward?”


Amanda Burgos-Acosta

Amanda Burgos Acosta

“Well of course the desire was legislation and if it is a policy we would love to see it in black and white if it is a policy as it is being stipulated for the moratorium as it exists. But we do think that it is a bigger conversation and we do thing that the people of Belize have a say in how the resources will be used and how they will be developed and it is our moving towards our future development and sustainable development as we feel.”


The Coalition has gone around the country holding public consultations on the latest information and giving the public an opportunity to weigh in.


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