The Belize Barrier Reef, the 2nd largest in the world behind Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, has been officially removed from the United Nations list of endangered sites. The introduction of a moratorium on oil exploration, along the entire maritime zone of the country in December of 2017, and the recent strengthening of forestry regulations for better protection of mangroves contributed to the removal of the reef from the in danger list.
The Belizean government deserves tremendous credit for partnering with the NGO sector and taking concrete steps toward safeguarding this truly special seascape. Reef Conversation International has been proud to be one of the many NGO’s working with the Belizean government to find real world solutions to environmental threats facing our reefs.
Despite the encouraging signs, we must remain vigilant as many of the world’s corals still face a growing threat in the form of climate change, development, and over-fishing. Join us and continue our work to protect the reef.