Wednesday, November 18th, 2015. BMG: Although incursions by Guatemalan Xateros and illegal loggers have decreased in recent years, in an interview with the media yesterday, the Executive Director of Friends of Conservation and Development (FCD), Rafael Manzanero, said that incursions by xateros, gold panners and farmers from neighboring Guatemala making milpas in Belizean territory, still very much exists.
Manzanero stated that due to studies done by FCD and patrols conducted by the group, it has been determined that the amount of Xateros coming into the Chiquibul decreased significantly and the new threat is the amount of Guatemalan farmers making milpas in that area, as well as gold panners being found with all necessary equipment to rape our country of large amounts of raw gold.
He further stated that the FCD has not been able to control the gold panners thus far, due to the remote locations they operate in, but they have received help to combat the milpa incursions; that help coming from the United States Fishermen of Service and a program was initiated in August of this year.
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