Posted: Tuesday, April 4, 2023. 9:14 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: Last week, Cabinet authorized legal and other changes that would give Belize a voice in environmental and space matters as well as affairs on the sea.
The current Pilotage Regulations will be repealed and replaced with a modern update that would ensure the registration of marine pilots with licensed authority the Belize Port Authority and other modern regulations for this industry. By statutory instrument, only those registered and licensed with the Port Authority would be able to provide services in Belizean waters.
Turning to environmental matters, Belize will accede to the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer. This amendment commits to a healthy environment and greener climate that supports peoples’ well-being and the economy and is rooted in Belize’s sustainable development principles.
Additionally, Cabinet approved the ratification of the Minamata Convention on Mercury to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury through its life cycle.
And finally, Cabinet gave its approval for Belize to sign and ratify the Latin American and Caribbean Space Agency Convention, which will help the region to enhance its capacity in Earth observation systems for use in important areas such as agriculture, natural disasters, security surveillance, and other important areas.
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