By Benjamin Flowers: Today, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and the Association of Protected Areas Management Organizations (APAMO) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) geared towards strengthening cooperation in the sustainable development of the country’s protected areas.
The BTB and APAMO signed the agreement this morning at the BTB’s Belize City headquarters on Regent Street. Present at the signing were Anthony Mahler, Minister of Tourism & Diaspora Relations, and Jose Perez, Executive Director of APAMO. The BTB issues a statement following the signing ceremony noting that, as part of the MOU, the BTB will develop a pilot project alongside APAMO to further develop areas of Sustainable Certification/Accreditation and growth.
“Recently, the BTB established a $75,000.00 fund for conservation, sustainable development and regeneration. This year’s fund was awarded to APAMO for its conservation efforts and stride towards embracing sustainable tourism. The fund will assist APAMO in its infrastructure upgrade, administrative and marketing efforts as they enhance their co-managed sites as tourism destinations in Belize,” the BTB said.
During the awarding of the cheque, Minister Mahler stressed that the BTB is pleased to partner with such a highly reputable organization such as APAMO, which is dedicated to the conservation and protection of Belize’s natural resources for future generations.