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Oct 3, 2012

3 new publications on Belize’s Natural Resources and Protection

Three new publications were released today at the Leo Bradley Library. Their content covers a wide range of issues that focus on the abundant natural resources of the Jewel. One text will be used for research material in schools and the others will come in handy for investors since the content covers issues on many aspects of environmental law. News Five’s Delahnie Bain reports. 


Delahnie Bain, Reporting

There are three new publications on Belize’s natural resources and their protection, which were launched today by the Department of the Environment. The first was done in partnership with the Ministry of Education and is expected to be used in schools.


Martin Alegria, Chief Environmental Officer

“One of them is targeting the future of Belize and the world, which are the children, the students; higher school, upper primary school and even academia at tertiary level. It’s a resource book called Wealth Untold; A Glimpse of Belize Natural Resources and Environment, specifically Belize data and information specifically on Belize’s natural resources and the environment. Good resource material, it’s a collaboration between the Ministry of Education and our ministry.”


Violet Yorke

Violet Yorke, Main Author, Wealth Untold

“It’s a culmination of years of work, years of research. I, myself, was not the only one; I had a lot support from teachers from all over the government, from Department of the Environment’s technocrats you would call them; experts who knew what they were talking about, Ministry of Natural Resources experts, Forest Department, the National Meteorological service. We had a lot of experts giving their input from 2007; this was not a year, spur of the moment thing, it had to do with a lot of input from a lot of different people across Belize.”


The other two books look at the link between economic development and environmental protection. The Guide for Developers, which was initially published in 1995, has now been revamped and updated.


Martin Alegria

“As it name implies, its Guide to Developers, targeting developers and giving them from a procedural, legislative, institutional perspective, what to do, where to go in terms of their potential projects in Belize.”


Juan Rancharan

Juan Rancharan, Consultant, Guide for Developers

“Since the first publication of the guide, there have been several legislations that have been enacted or amended, which were not covered in the book. Hence, in updating this guide a detailed legislative review was conducted to bring the guide up to date with information validated to 2011.”


Finally, there’s the Supplement to the Compendium on Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Management Legislation in Belize, which in layman’s terms, explains the country’s environmental laws.


Martin Alegria

“The compendium gives now from a legal jargon, a brief of each and every act and statutory instrument regulation that are applicable under the natural resource environmental realm, what each act calls for and what, in a nutshell, it’s goal and objective is. So there’s no excuse in the future; “I didn’t know, this law doesn’t exist”; it’s in that compendium, get a hold of it.”


Lisel Alamilla

Lisel Alamilla, Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development

“Both the guide and the compendium were made to facilitate the investment climate from the perspective of environmental protection. For example, these publications explain both the process and the laws that apply to the environmental clearance or EIA process, it explains briefly the laws related to land ownership, it explains the laws related to health and sanitation, to forestry, protected areas, wildlife protection and to noise pollution as well as permitting processes for pier construction, mangrove cutting and building construction.”


Wealth Untold is already being distributed in schools and has received positive feedback from teachers while details are being worked out for the guide and compendium to be sold.


Martin Alegria

Martin Alegria

“We got a hold of a hundred copies each. We are producing CDs, you know technology, so we are trying to price it right now; the Guide to Developers and Compendium, because we want to continue publishing these or printing these and we need to create some type of funding or revolving initiative so that we don’t have just this and that’s it. As to the Wealth Untold, it’s free. We have distributed to numerous principals around the country and it’s a free resource.”


Delahnie Bain for News Five.

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