Belize is a country with much to offer. If you are someone who is interested in conservation and protection of our natural resources from the waters, to the soil, then this is the country for you. Without countries like Belize who take the health of their people, animals, waters, and forests and most importantly their food seriously then we would all be much worse off health wise. Here is a little history on all the protection acts that Belize has taken to protect their country and the health of the people.
Since declaring independence in 1981, Belize enacted many environmental
Protection laws aimed at the preservation of the country’s natural and cultural heritage, as well as its wealth of natural resources. These acts have established a number of different types of protected areas, with each category having its own set of regulations dictating public access, resource extraction, land use and ownership. Belize is full of different biodiversities. It is situated within the Mesoamerican hotspot. Belize has a high level of terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity. It is home to more than 150 species of mammals, 540 of birds, 150 of amphibians and reptiles, nearly 600 species of freshwater and marine fish and 3,408 species of vascular plants. The country contains a vast array of ecosystems, many of which are critical habitats for threatened and endangered species.
The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, stretching the full length of the
Country’s coastline is the largest unbroken coral reef complex in the Western hemisphere. In Belize, the reef’s rich diversity of corals and other marine life has qualified it to be designated a World Heritage Site, in recognition of its consequent global importance. Much of the mainland of Belize forms part of the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor, which comprises a network of protected areas linked by biological corridors, stretching from Mexico to Panamá. Belize has two large, unified, blocks of intact virgin rainforests that are likely to be the last strongholds for species that require large, undisturbed areas for their long-term survival, such as the jaguar.
The number of species endemic to Belize is low, since Belize is a small country and does not have many habitats that are unique. Most of the few endemics are found in the Maya Mountains and in the lowland savannas of Belize. Belize is party to a number of legally binding multilateral environmental agreements, many of which deal with proper management of the country’s natural resources. These include, most notably, the CITES, CBD, CCD, FCCC. Since its ratification of the Ramsar Convention in 1998, Belize has had two sites designated as wetlands of international importance: Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, in 1998, and Sarstoon-Temash National Park, in 2005.
Here is a list of the Protected Reserves:
Archaeological Reserve: These reserves are designated for the protection of historic archaeological sites, typically ancient Mayan ruins.
Forest Reserve: These areas are designed for sustainable timber extraction without destroying the biodiversity of the location. Companies are given permits to extract after being reviewed by the Forests Department.
Marine Reserve: These are designated for the conservation of aquatic Ecosystems, including marine animals and their habitats, as well as for the
Sustainable extraction of marine resources. These reserves are managed by the Department of Fisheries.
National Park: These parks are areas of recreation and tourism, as well as Environmental protection. Visitors are welcome to explore the park.
Natural Monument: This protected area is designated for unique geographic Monuments of the landscape, to preserve them for research projects and future generations.
Nature Reserve: These parks enjoy the highest level of protection; permits are required to enter the area and are restricted to researchers only. Nature reserves are typically pristine, wilderness ecosystems.
Private Reserve: Either official or unofficial, these reserves are owned and Operated by private conservation initiatives, and enjoy various levels of
Wildlife Sanctuary: These areas are created for the preservation of an important keystone species in the ecosystem. By preserving enough area for them to live in, many other species receive the protection they need as well. With all of the conservation Belize offers comes good management.
Overall oversight of conservation and management of protected areas in Belize is the responsibility of the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment. The country’s system of private reserves is co-ordinate under the Belize Association of Private Protected Areas. The Belize Audubon Society (BAS) was founded in 1969, oversees a total of nine protected areas, including 4 natural monuments, 2 national parks, 2 wildlife sanctuaries and 1 nature reserve. The Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT), founded in 1995, provides funds for the development of conservation and the promotion of environmentally sound management of Belize’s natural and cultural resources, in order to foster sustainable development. It is primarily financed by the collection of a conservation levy included in the country’s airport departure tax.
Belize also has strict laws in place for non-GMO’s seeds GMO’s are not allowed in Belize and has been rejected by the people. Belize is a country of non-GMO’s seeds which in turn means pure food and a healthier population. In today’s society pure food is becoming harder to find in an ever increasing toxic world. Belize farmers and farmers market sell top quality pure veggies, fruits and raw milk products. With all of the conservation laws protecting the environment, forests, soil, water sources, and oceans you are sure to live a much healthier life. To sum all of this up, it would seem to me that cancer and other toxic health conditions would be considerably lower in a society that has pure seed and food. There are few environmental pollutants in Belize compared to the rest of the world.
For those of us who are in support of conservation and keeping an area
Protected from invasive species whether it be plant or animal or seeds this is the country for you. I hope to see you here and may we all live to be 100 years old. Come visit Belize, the clean air, the clean blue water, the trees are greener and the food is pure and health. So what are you waiting?
Live Life……..Live Belize!