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Posted: Tuesday, June 2, 2020. 7:04 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Today, the Association of Protected Areas Management Organizations (APAMO) commended the Government of Belize’s decision to establish the National Biodiversity Office.

APAMO noted that the office, which was established through the Ministry of Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development (MFFSD) is a positive step towards safeguarding Belize’s natural resources.

“The timely decision by the MFFSD to streamline protected areas management is significant because the committed protection of biodiversity matters. It provides vital benefits we get from the natural environment, it contributes to our economy, our health, and wellbeing, and it enhances our lives,” APAMO said.

GOB announced the establishment of the NBO on May 22, in commemoration of the United Nations’ International Day for Biological Diversity.

The ministry explained that the National Biodiversity Office will be responsible for implementing Belize’s agenda related to biodiversity and protected areas, particularly national parks, nature reserves, wildlife sanctuaries, natural monuments, biological corridors, and private protected areas, in partnership with the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT). It will also be charged with regulatory roles in relation to biodiversity, protected areas, and trade in
endangered species. The unit will be housed in the Old Lands Building, Market Square, Belmopan.

 

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