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Apr 21, 2020

Forest Dept, Dept of Environment & Police Will Help to Enforce New Fire Law!

…and to help them monitor the situation, the Forest Department has been using an online tool that records heat points across the country. While that tool will help to guide the steps of the department, they are also looking into getting some boots on the ground to curb this growing problem. C.E.O. Percival Cho explains.


Dr. Percival Cho, C.E.O., Ministry of Environment, Forestry

“We have virtual monitoring online using NASA firm system that detects fires across Belize of a certain size and we use that initially to detect where these hotspots are. And with the forestry department and department of environment, they are having a coordination session at four o’clock to plan out the rest of the weeks’ inspection across Belize. So, in the west, they would target the San Antonio – Mollehon Area; as well as the surroundings of San Ignacio and Santa Elena. In the Belmopan area, they will check the surroundings of Belmopan – the villages, Cotton Tree, Maya Mopan, Salvapan going down to Las Flores. In the south, it is a little far removed, but we do notice a lot of fires down there so the Department of Environment will collaborate with the association of village council as well as with the Maya Leaders Alliance to communicate to them the recent legislation signed into law yesterday and comes into effect today; to communicate that clearly to them so that they at least reach out to their members and the various communities in the south to make them aware of the legislation.  In terms of monitoring on the ground, we have three teams from the DOE; two teams of the Forestry Department. In other areas where there fires, or one or two fires in other areas other than I just mentioned, those will be addressed on a case by case basis in terms of when we see them being detected by the NASA system and when we look at the location and the risk that those poses then we will make a decision on how to address those. In addition, police officers are authorized to do on ground enforcement under this law. So, it is not just the DOE officers, any police can make an arrest under this law and so that extends the capabilities and the reach on the ground.”

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