The World Heritage Committee has signaled good news in respect to potentially removing the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System from the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in danger at its next meeting. First listed in 2009, it has taken several years to implement programs designed to help the reef recover from various assaults on it over the years. Chris Taylor and Carrie Miller will be going to see one of the sites grouped in the system for themselves, but they expect that with the recovery of the reef and associated wildlife will come more tourists to see its wonders. The trick now, they told us today, is to ensure that the reef is not put under too much pressure that will cause it to slip back toward the status that made it endangered in the first place.
Carrie Miller, Contributing Editor/Writer, National Geographic Traveler
“Conservation is such a huge part of tourism; they go hand in hand. And it’s a double-edged sword, because tourists put a lot of pressure on destinations, but they also bring in a lot of revenue and they’re the reason that destinations are popular.”