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Sep 4, 2019

Belize’s Marine Litter Action Plan is Formally Launched

The Department of the Environment and the United Kingdom Center for Environment, and Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, and the Commonwealth Litter Programme have put together a Marine Action Litter Plan for Belize to address the issue of scattered trash at sea.  This morning the plan was unveiled to the public at a brief ceremony at the Radisson.  Chief Environmental Officer Alegria explains the importance of the plan of action.


Martin Alegria, Chief Environmental Officer

Martin Alegria

“Between April and mid-August we finalized the national action plan for marine litter.  The components during all these consultations with private sector, NGOs, government colleagues, we came up with an action plan of four or five components, one was public awareness.  How do we create that sentiment, that awareness of littering in general, not only marine because litter that we generate land-based also affects the marine environment.  So that public awareness message we need to integrate and come up with one, a few messages that are coordinated among all sectors of society.  A second one is the sea-based sources of pollution, of marine pollution or marine littering which is ship generated waste.  Under this initiative we did some assessment and surveys of ship generated waste in Belize, both from the huge cruise ships to the small local vessels, tenders that go around.  We have also, which was very critical, the land-based sources of marine litter or marine pollution and that’s where it’s important because whatever we do on land eventually ends up at sea.  In the case of Orange Walk, the New River that is on the news right now, that’s a good example of land-based sources that eventually will end up as a marine pollution issue.”

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