The Government of Belize has halted all offshore drilling to help protect the world’s second-largest barrier reef.
In what the UNESCO World Heritage Centre is calling a “major milestone,” the Government of Belize has put into effect a full stop on all offshore oil exploration. Including activity within the region that makes up the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System World Heritage site.
“The World Heritage Committee has always taken a strong position that oil and gas exploration or exploitation activities are incompatible with World Heritage status. This moratorium is fully in line with this,” said Mechtild Rössler, Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre. “I would like to congratulate the Belize Government for its leadership and thank both civil society and the government for working tirelessly hand-in-hand to safeguard this site for future generations.”