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Why is the Selva Maya tropical forest important in Belize? Do your part in restoring this natural habitat

Posted: Monday, September 11, 2023. 3:48 pm CST.

By Celeste Chang: The Selva Maya tropical forest is the largest tract of its kind in Mesoamerica and expands from Peten in Guatemala to Belize and the Northern Yucatan Peninsula.

The Selva Maya allocates several ecosystem goods and supplies important to human health and well-being to its surrounding communities, including Belize, which are often taken for granted. Tropical forests provide clean water, air purification, soil formation, pollination, and the regulatory mechanisms that nature uses to control climatic conditions.

According to the Belize Forest Department, the quality of the goods and services from Selva Maya are directly affected by climate change, land use change, invasive species and other factors.

Hence they ask that we assist in making our own lives easier by planting native trees, using water responsibly, disposing of our waste properly and engaging in the restoration of natural habitats. To help in improving the environment we live in it is advised that when visiting protected areas, leave nothing but footprints, keep a safe distance from wildlife, respect signage and take nothing but pictures.

 

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