Posted: Saturday, September 16, 2023. 3:02 pm CST.
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: On September 13, 2023, the Government of Belize honored 25 distinguished persons at this year’s Tribute to Belizean Patriots ceremony.
Eugenio Ah was honored with a Meritorious Award for contributions to the Environment.
Ah is a native of San Antonio Village in the Toledo District.
Ah is a farmer who practices several key concepts of agroforestry and agroecology focused on conserving natural resources such as forests, soils, and watersheds.
He teaches local community members and student groups both from Belize and abroad how he designs and manages his agricultural land to help create an ecosystem that can effectively and sustainably produce food for the sustenance of his family in an environmentally friendly way.
Ah dedicated many years of work to several community-based organizations, including TIDE as Assistant Terrestrial Manager for protected areas, where he was part of a fire management team and community environmental awareness program.
At Ya’a xche’ Conservation Trust, he was the lead agroforestry trainer and extension officer. He worked with several communities conducting cocoa management training, developing fire management plans, and conserving and storing indigenous seeds.
Ah is always willing to share his knowledge and experience with everyone. He strongly advocates for community food security that can support an improved standard of living and better health by consuming what we produce locally.
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