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Sep 8, 2000

Mesoamerican Biological Corridor project launched

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Biodiversity is a big word that basically refers to the preservation of as wide a variety of plants and animals as possible. This morning a project was officially launched in which Belize will work together with Mexico and Central America to make regional biodiversity a part of each country’s national policy.

Oswaldo Sabido, National Coordinator, MBCP

“The Mesoamerican Biological Project is a project that has been in a stage of development for many years now. Basically what it wants to do is to provide an interconnectivity between our different protected areas, while at the same time maintaining sustainable economic development. It’s essentially a land use planning tool, which has as it’s objective the sustainable development of people through ecologically sensitive, environmentally sensitive approaches to economic activities such as agriculture, tourism, forestry, fishing, even small community urbanization, that sort of thing.”

Ricardo Radulovich Regional Coordinating Officer, MBCP

“The idea is to begin getting and learning how to get more benefits from biodiversity and natural resources. Like products that we can get from foreigners, certified lumber, and other products taken from the forest and also we have benefits and services that we can get from nature, like harvesting of water in a more properly and more orderly manner. Now we are selling the fixation of CO2 and there are other benefits that can be obtained as well.”

The countries that comprise the MBC are Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.

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