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Issue No:78
  • :January
  • :2018

Samudra Report No.78, January 2018

Belize / ACCESS RIGHTS

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Belize, a pioneer in fisheries conservation, has become the first country to adopt a national, multispecies territorial user rights programme


This article is by Nadine Nembhard (nadine_nem@yahoo.com), Administrative Officer, Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organisations (CNFO), Belize, and General Secretary, World Forum of Fisher Peoples (WFFP)


Belize has always attracted great environmental attention, especially since the country boasts having the second largest coral reef complex in the world, which stretches 185 miles, making it the longest in the Western hemisphere. For the average Belizean, it is national pride to protect the country’s ecosystem. For some, it is an attraction for investments and tourism development. In the midst of this, there are the small-scale fishers who depend on the marine resources for a livelihood.

Compared to its Caribbean friends, Belize has always been pioneers in fisheries conservation. No exceptional surprises, then, when, in 2011, the Fisheries Department, in collaboration with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and other non-governmental organizations (NGOs), launched a Manage Access Pilot Project (MAPP) in the general-use zones of the Port Honduras Marine Reserve and Glover’s Reef...

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