Wetlands form an integral part of Belize's environment.

Environmental Project Competition for Primary Schools
Belmopan, 6th January, 2009

The Department of the Environment, within the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment is having a competition on environmental projects for primary schools.

Primary schools are invited to submit a proposal on a project they want to implement in their school that is environmentally-based. They will be required to submit a proposal detailing what the project is all about, how the school came up with the idea, what the students are required to do, what are the environmental (and otherwise) benefits of the project, the timeframe of the project, and its budget.

The competition is geared towards providing students the opportunity to learn, about their environment, be actively involved in its conservation and protection, and experience teamwork; it can also stimulate an interest in environmental issues affecting them and facilitate continuity of the benefits derived from the project.
The Department of the Environment is interested in finding out what schools are presently doing to improve their environment, what environmental issues they are interested in, and to work with schools across the country to help educate youths about their environment. Prizes for winning project proposals include partial funding of the project, a desktop computer and an encyclopedia set.
For more information on the guidelines for the primary school environmental project competition, please contact the Department of the Environment at 822-2542 or 2816 or visit the website at http://www.doe.gov.bz/

Deadline for submissions is January 30th, 2009.

Environmental Poster Competition for High School Students
Belmopan, 6th January, 2009

The Department of the Environment, within the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment is having a poster competition for high school students. Individual students are invited to participate by being creative in using their knowledge of environmental issues.

The theme for the poster competition is centered on “wetlands” with the objective of increasing awareness on the importance of wetlands, their current status in Belize, why and how they are being impacted. The winning posters will then be used to publish an educational poster that will be used in future public education activities by the Department of the Environment. The collection of submitted posters will also be exhibited.

The intent is to give students the opportunity to learn about their environment and think about current environmental issues while encouraging the development of their artistic abilities. Prizes for winning posters include a laptop computer and a desktop computer.

For more information on the guidelines for the environmental poster competition for high schools, please contact the Department of the Environment at 822-2542 or 2816 or visit the website at http://www.doe.gov.bz/

Deadline for submissions is January 30th , 2009.