Belize Environment

The Life of the Belizean Fisherman

The Life of the Belizean Fisherman

A Documentary on Belizean Fishermen Follow Six Belizean Fisherfolk from different parts of the country as they seek out their livelihood. They dive for conch and lobster, spear fin fish…

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Marine Foundation installs underwater sculpture at Silk Caye Marine Reserve

By Celia Gregory of The Marine Foundation Last year The Marine Foundation started their adventure in Belize, when  invited by a group of Dangriga fishermen to create and install an underwater sculpture….

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Visiting Ambergris Caye in February? Do not miss the Fiesta De Carnaval

February is a fantastic time to visit Ambergris Caye in Belize as the island ushers in the season of Lent with exuberant Carnaval festivities. The streets of San Pedro fill…

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Government of Belize Says No to Offshore Oil Exploration

On Dec. 1 2015, the Government of Belize took a huge step forward in protecting the nation’s best interests when it announced that offshore oil exploration will be permanently banned…

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The Life of the Belizean Fisherman

New system, new hope for thousands of fishermen in Belize

A fisherman and father of four, Yonardo Cus was becoming increasingly worried that the catch from the Belize Barrier Reef on which his family depends was running out. Spiny lobster…

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Endangered parrots reintroduced to the wild in Belize

Programme for Belize (PfB), the Belizean partner of World Land Trust (WLT), is set to reintroduce into the wild five Yellow-headed Parrots (Amazona oratrix) in the Rio Bravo Conservation Management…

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At Turneffe Island Resort, Ecotourism is a Way of Life and a Jewel in Belize’s Crown

Lots of countries give lip service to ecological initiatives and green goals, but too many of these efforts are thwarted by bureaucratic regulations and complaints that conservation projects cost too…

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Belize Going 100% Renewables As Part Of 10 Island Challenge

The Caribbean nation of Belize is now aiming to go to 100% renewables, based on recent reports — with the idea being for all of its electricity needs to be…

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Belize commits to 100 per cent clean energy with Carbon War Room

Belize has announced its intention to become fully powered by renewable energy, after joining the Carbon War Room’s high profile Ten Island Challenge. The country’s government has this week announced…

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The beautiful bugs of Belize

Thomas Shahan is an Oregon-based artist and macro-photographer who specialises in high-magnification photography. He is the imaging specialist for the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s entomology lab. For the past two…

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Why Eco-Developers May Choose Belize Over Costa Rica

In the world of ecologically-conscious real estate development, Costa Rica has enjoyed favored status in the Americas for a few decades; however, the challenges of getting some of these projects started…

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Belize Drops Proposal for Offshore Oil Drilling on World’s Second Largest Barrier Reef

Environmental activists in Belize have claimed victory in their fight against possible oil drilling near the world’s second largest barrier reef, just 300 meters off the coast of the tiny Central…

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How Belize is tipping the scales for sustainable fishing worldwide

Belize just redefined marine conservation, entrusting its fishermen with a nationwide system of multi-species fishing rights for all its coastal fishing waters. This landmark decision is a victory for communities…

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Offshore drilling proposed in Belize’s spectacular marine areas

Conservation groups have strongly opposed the proposal, which could grant petroleum concessions that overlap with marine protected areas, such as seven located on the Belize Barrier Reef, the second largest…

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Offshore drilling could threaten Belize’s Great Blue Hole

From space it just looks like a dark blotch, a circular blemish on an otherwise smooth blue surface off the coast of Belize. The spot is actually a 124-meter sinkhole,…

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Pregnant Austin mermaid swims with sharks in the Great Barrier Reef of Belize

Mermaids swimming alongside sharks in pristine, exotic waters sounds like something out of a children’s book, but an Austin couple has made it a reality. Jason Darling and Maria Russo…

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Northern Belize is Filled with Amazing Wildlife

 Northern Belize consists of Corozal District on the coast and Orange Walk District located inland. Corozal is in the very northern edge of Belize, closer to Mexico, while Orange Walk…

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Does Belize’s “Great Blue Hole” Explain the Fall of the Mayans?

A new study says that Belize’s famous Lighthouse Reef, better known to travelers as the “Great Blue Hole,” might offer a clue about why Mayan civilization declined. Read more: http://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2014-12-29/belize-great-blue-hole-mayan-civilization-decline

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Rare Belize Manatee Sighting Caught on Video at Blackbird Resort

Belize is home to a sub-species of the West Indian manatee, one of four living species of manatees. The other three are the West African manatee, the Amazonian manatee and…

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Pook’s Hill defines eco-tourism in Belize

I think I’m becoming a birdwatcher. I’ll let you know for sure if I ever drop a bundle on high-end binoculars, a camera with a telephoto lens, a light-weight bush…

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Belize Government Sells Caye Chapel for ‘Luxury’ Resort Development

Already experiencing a tourist arrivals boom in 2014, the government of Belize is continuing initiatives aimed at expanding travel to the Central American nation. Government officials on Thursdayconfirmed the Dec. 8…

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New science and software make Belize coastal zone management plan better for people and the environment

Today, scientists at the Natural Capital Project share new science and open source software that can calculate risk to coastal and marine ecosystems. These novel tools, described in the journal…

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Belize, a country thriving on its natural and cultural richness

It is innate to wonder about where we come from, our origins and what inspired our ancestors. It is innate to wander also, to explore so as to learn the…

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GAIA Riverlodge named by the Smith Hotel Awards as Top 10 Eco Resort

 After careful review of nearly 25,000 votes globally, a panel of expert judges named GAÏA Riverlodge to its short list of top ten Eco Hotels in the World. Tucked away…

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A Luxury Resort Threatens Belize’s Mesoamerican Reef

Belize’s Lighthouse Reef Atoll is the home of the world-famous Great Blue Hole — a massive underwater sinkhole and World Heritage Site. The islands that make up this ring of…

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Belize Receives $6.9Mil Grant to Protect Forest Reserves

Government of Belize and World Bank Sign Grant for “Management and Protection of Key Biodiversity Areas in Belize” Project – The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (World Bank) and…

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Capturing the Wild: Jaguars in Belize

Commentary and photos by: Fabienne Lefeuvre The native inhabitants of Suriname referred to him as a God. He is the third largest cat in the world after the tiger and…

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Indigenous Communities Challenge Big Oil in Belize

The old school bus rattles along the dirt road, heading through the rainforest to the southernmost reaches of Belize. The sign would be easy to miss. Morning glory vines climb…

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The secret to Belize’s ocean conservation: Belizeans

Recently, I listened to yet another lecture about the poor performance of many top-down development projects in post-earthquake Haiti.  And it’s not just in Haiti that large, centrally planned projects…

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Belize Fights to Save a Crucial Barrier Reef

BELIZE CITY, Oct 20 (IPS) – Home to the second longest barrier reef in the world and the largest in the Western Hemisphere, which provides jobs in fishing, tourism and…

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Chiquibul Needs Your Help!

Let’s Make a Difference!!! Help protect the Chiquibul! The Chiquibul Protection Telethon in support of the Park Rangers Program. Please visit FCD website. Donations can now be done online! Go…

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Get To Know The Beasts of Belize

Ah, Belize — one of the most easiest places to travel in Central America. It’s got everything you come expect of the region: Mayan ruins, an immense barrier reef, dense…

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Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort Receives Sustainable Leader Award

HOPKINS, Belize – Guido Bauer, CEO of Green Globe, recently presented Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort with a Sustainable Leader Award in recognition of its continued investment and effort in…

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Scarlet Macaws All Fledged

By Scarlet Six Biomonitoring Team The S6 Crew came out this week with great news. ALL 7 chicks have now successfully fledged from their nests. These chicks have the “new”…

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Beautiful Places In Belize

Stalk the Belize Barrier Reef With Google Maps for Under the Sea

According to an article on Yahoo Travel, soon we will be able to stalk the Belize Barrier Reef with Google Maps. Watch the video below to learn more:

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Registered Nurse Quits Her Job To Teach Fly-Fishing Off The Tropical Shores Of Belize

Some women are afraid of change. Others thrive on it. And if you have wanderlust like Lori-Ann Murphy, you seek it out. Lori-Ann was a fourth-generation nurse who had started…

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Rashida Jones, Cobie Smulders, and Angela Kinsey Dive in to Help Oceana Protect Belizean Reefs

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — A trio of Hollywood celebrities recently took their star power to Belize to help Oceana protect the largest reef in the Western hemisphere. Cobie…

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Meet The Man Saving Belize’s Manatees, One Baby At A Time

At 11 years old, Jamal Galves knew that manatees would be his life. As a child playing the lawn of his grandparents house, he would watch their hulking figures float by,…

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Stranded Pilot Whale Highlights The Love Belizeans Have For Marine Life

Video courtesy of Ambergristoday.com

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No-Take Zones in Belize Could Rebuild Conch, Lobster, and Grouper Populations

The islands of Belize are surrounded by vibrant blue waters, beautiful and unusual marine creatures, and the largest barrier reef system in the Western Hemisphere. But even in Belize—one of…

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GAIA River Lodge in Belize is now Green Globe Certified

GAIA River Lodge, a resort located in the Pine Ridge Forest of Belize that is surrounded by the Five Sisters Waterfalls is now green globe certified. The resort is one…

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Swimming With Sharks, Turtles and Eels Part of UCF Summer Program

Thirteen University of Central Florida biology students swam among nurse sharks, sea turtles, eels and lionfish this month as part of a hands-on summer abroad course. The students spent a…

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URGENT…Saving Manatees in Belize

Over the last three weeks, 2  injured manatee calves have been rescued from the waters of Belize.  Wildtracks hosts Belize’s Manatee Rehabilitation Centre, providing care for orphaned and injured West Indian…

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Can Drones Fight Illegal “Pirate” Fishing?

Aquamarine waters and an abundance of marine life make Glover Reef off the coast of Belize a popular diving spot. But soon the azure sky above this barrier reef may…

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Wildlife at Belize Resort Pushed by Travolta Could Have Trouble Stayin’ Alive

The atoll is home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the famed Great Blue Hole, and to more than 500 species of fish, three sea turtle species and one…

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Conservation groups want government’s position on Puerto Azul project

PATRICK E. JONES Reporting:The proposed Puerto Azul development project within the Lighthouse Reef Atoll has raised “substantial alarm” within Belize’s conservation community. An alliance of conservation groups including Oceana-Belize, Healthy…

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Leading Belize eco resort Green Globe certified

“We are honored to be re-certified and recognized by Green Globe as a leading Belize Eco-Resort,” said Cathy Alchin, General Manager at Xanadu Island Resort, situated on the beach in…

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Letter to the Editor: Norwegian Cruise Line

Dear Editor: I viewed with interest the hosting of a press tour by Norwegian Cruise Line and the explanation by NCL executive Colin Murphy of why the establishment of a…

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Belize Shows the Caribbean How to Better Manage Waste Products

by Guest blogger, Xavi Grau  A solid waste management project in Belize has allowed access to nearly half the population to an appropriate collection and disposal of municipal solid waste. The…

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Belize’s Ecotourism and Its Greatest Challenge Yet

Baby Scarlet Macaw. Photo Credit Roni MartinezNestled on the Northeastern coast of Central America, below Quintanaroo, Mexico, sitting between a beach on a small island and on top of the…

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Is the Belize Barrier Reef in Danger of Disappearing?

According to an article on thedailybeast.com, the great and second largest barrier reef in the world is in danger of disappearing because of unsustainable development in the area and extensive…

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The Big Cats of Belize

Of the five native species of big cats prowling the Belizean jungle, it is the elusive and magnificent jaguar that everyone touring Belize wants to see. It is only a very…

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The Gaia Riverlodge in Belize is Now Run Entirely on Hydropower

GAÏA Riverlodge, located in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve of Belize, has long been a top eco-conscious resort (it was formerly the Five Sisters Lodge) but thanks to a…

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10 facts about the invasive Lionfish in Belize!

The Lionfish is a non-native species in the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and Western Atlantic. It is native in the Indian, Pacific and the Red sea where it has natural…

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Beautiful and Bird-Filled Belize

A TRIP TO THIS CENTRAL AMERICAN COUNTRY REVEALS OTHERWORLDLY VISTAS AND EVEN THE REMOTE CHANCE OF SEEING A JAGUAR. WHAT’S GUARANTEED, HOWEVER, IS SPECTACULAR BIRDLIFE. BY MEL WHITE Published: November-December…

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News Manatees frequenting more northern waters, including Lowcountry

A manatee surfaces in offshore waters near Belize City. (Litton Entertainment and Born to Explore Films) As the waters cool this time of year, you could hop a plane, fly…

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Belize: Police ‘trained to handle crocodiles’

Police in Belize are being trained to handle crocodiles, it’s reported. Apparently, the American crocodiles on the country’s largest island, Ambergris Caye, are losing their natural instinct to stay away…

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Belize Fights Back Against an Uninvited Guest

By Jo Hudson of Blue Ventures On Tuesday July 2 at 11am, a very special box left Belize on its way to the U.S. Its contents? Eleven and a half pounds of…

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Hendrix students study marine life in Belize

By Megan Reynolds LOG CABIN STAFF WRITER Eighteen students at Hendrix recently explored marine environment in Belize as part of biology professor Dr. Jenn Dearolf’s marine biology course. “The only way…

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Offshore Drilling in Belize Falls Into Its Own Great Blue Hole

Last week the Supreme Court of Belize struck down contracts for offshore oil exploration that the nation’s government had issued in 2004 and 2007 and extended in 2009. Drilling would…

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Offshore Oil Drilling Stopped in Belize

BELIZE CITY, Belize, April 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Yesterday, Belize’s Supreme Court declared offshore drilling contracts issued by the Government of Belize (in 2004 and 2007) null and void, providing…

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Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary

The World’s First Jaguar Reserve is in Belize

Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, established in 1990 is world renowned for being the first jaguar reserve. This “one of a kind” reserve was established as a result of jaguar studies…

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How do you a lure a monkey out of the Belize rain forest?

By KAT TANCOCK “Remember, they can touch you, but you can’t touch them” warns our guide as we duck under a barbed-wire fence in pursuit of a troop of black…

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Hole in the jungle floor, Belize

Belize offers picture perfect scenery such as the photo above which is a hole in the jungle floor. Do you know where this photo was taken? We would love to…

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Belize rich in birdlife & howling monkeys

“If you want to avoid monkey poop, don’t stand under this strangler fig,” cautions Geraldine Fermin. My daughters and I are standing in a forest clearing 90 minutes north of…

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Mark Andre is Seeking a Sister Forest in Belize

February 12, 2013 Wilber Sabido, Director The Forest Department of Belize Forest Drive Belmopan City, Belize   Dear Mr. Sabido: The City of Arcata is interested in exploring the potential…

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How offshore drilling will affect Belize

What happens in the ocean, doesn’t stay in the ocean. How offshore drilling will affect Belize  By Jaclyn Castellanos  Any Belizean can tell you that the heart of their economy is…

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