The World Wildlife Fund (WWF), in a report this week, called out the government of Belize for its failure to implement legislation drafted to protect the Belize Barrier Reef from the threat of offshore oil drilling and damaging coastal construction.
WWF joins other non-government organizations including Oceana in calling on government to deliver on a promise it made in 2015. The Barrow administration committed to UNESCO that the necessary measures to ensure the reef’s protection would be implemented by December 2016.
“Seven months on, Belize has not delivered on its promise to protect the Belize Barrier Reef. Instead this remarkable ecosystem – vital to both wildlife and the country’s economy – remains under threat. We urge Belize’s government to act immediately to safeguard the reef for future generations,”said Nadia Bood, Mesoamerican Reef Scientist at WWF in Belize.