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Nov 1, 2019

CZMAI Hosts Innovation Challenge

The Coastal Zone Management Authority Institute held its innovation fair at the Battlefield Park in Belize City today. The event is a part of the fifth annual Coastal Awareness Week. The Coastal Zone and its partners put on a display showcasing the work that they do with an emphasis on the technologies that they use to manage resources.  Fisheries Department, Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Association, Belize High School, as well as World Wildlife Fund, and other local and international agencies displayed high tech equipment and tools being used in Belize to improve management such as for data gathering, conservation and monitoring. We stopped by today to find out more from the organizer about the technology they use to manage Belize’s coastal environment.


Arlene Young

Arlene Young, Director, CZMAI

“At coastal zone, we use equipment such as drones and we also use high-tech water quality equipment for water quality monitoring programme. We also use important software such as the geographic information system RGIS and we also other cutting edge technology and software like the drone to map. I think we are one of the only agencies in Belize using that. So, it allows us to inform our development of maps and planning instruments using these types of software.”


Andrea Polanco

“How these things help to make your work easier or to improve the management?”


Arlene Young

“It does improve the management. It makes us more cost effective because as a semi-government agency, we need to generate our own resources, so doing more in less time is very important to us. For example, the drones – at first we were using aerial images which is costly; satellite imagery while it is free it is not the best type of imagery to use to collect data and information. So, the technologies we are using are low cost and they allow us to get more work done in a quicker time.”

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