Posted: Monday, April 26, 2021. 8:55 am CST.
By Benjamin Flowers: United States Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Keith Gilges conducted a two-day tour of southern Belize over the weekend, meeting with organizations supporting environmental conservation and sustainable development in indigenous communities.
Gilges toured the Stann Creek and Toledo districts from April 23-25, where, among his stops, he toured the Golden Stream Corridor Preserve with the Ya’axché Conservation Trust, an environmental nonprofit that focuses on protecting biodiversity and human development. Gilges met with Trust’s Executive Director, Christina Garcia, who explained that the preserve protects the last remaining forested link between the Maya mountains and the coastal lowland forests and provides food and shelter to indigenous wildlife and endangered species.
Gilges also met with local indigenous cacao farmers and beekeepers who received training from the trust in environmentally sustainable cultivation practices, as well as a group of indigenous Maya women that have installed solar energy in 40 homes in remote indigenous villages in the Toledo District.
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