Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2019. 10:47 am CST.
By BBN Staff: InSight Crime, an organization dedicated to the analysis of organized crime in the Latin American Region, published a piece this week focusing on criminal activities by Guatemalans in Belizean territory.
InSight Crime published the piece, titled “Eco-trafficking thrives a along lawless Guatemala-Belize Border”, yesterday, highlighting the types of activities Guatemalan poachers conduct and the possible reasons for those activities.
The organization explained that criminal networks operating on both sides of the border, employ local farmers on the ground to smuggle fauna and flora from the region through Guatemala’s northwest border with Mexico or its northeast border with Belize.
“The contraband is then moved using more powerful intermediaries and corrupt government officials through strategic ports in both countries before reaching its final destination, according to Mongabay,” the article said.
The article emphasized points that Belize’s Friends of Conservation and Development (FCD), the organization that co-manages the Chiquibul Forest Reserve, has been reporting on since 1989.
FCD’s 2012 assessment indicated that Belize has had an approximate economic loss of US$9,448,144.00, due to illegal logging, causing the Central Government an approximate loss of US$290,177.00 in royalties alone. Furthermore, assuming a conservative carbon credit value of US$ 7 per metric ton of CO2 equivalent, deforestation due to illegal logging has caused an approximate economic loss of US$ 2,068,752.00.
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