Belize bans oil explorations completely to protect its coral reef; Rudi Bressa; LifeGate

Belize – Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System

Belize has passed legislation to put an end to all oil activity in its waters to protect the largest barrier reef in the Northern hemisphere and boost sustainable tourism.

Oil isn’t attractive anymore. The coral reef and the ocean are worth more protecting instead. This is the historic decision made by Belize, small Central American country on the border with Mexico and Guatemala that has banned all future oil explorations within its territorial water in order to protect its great barrier reef. The Belize Barrier Reef, which is the world’s second-largest reef after Australia’s, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to over 1,400 species, many of which are threatened with extinction.

“Belize is a small country making a mighty commitment to putting the environment first. Belize is safeguarding its future prosperity,” said Nadia Bood, reef scientist at WWF Belize.

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