Ministry of Natural Resources Finalizing Pier and Construction Management Program

Thursday, 30 July 2009 13:37
The one-year Project entitled “Strengthening Policy and Legal Framework for Belize Pier and Construction Management Program” commenced on 17 December, 2008. This project proposes to sustainably manage piers and other constructions in an effort to prevent, minimize and mitigate negative impacts to the environment, particularly around seven of Belize’s marine protected areas in the vicinity of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker and

Placencia including: South Water Caye, Laughing Bird Caye, Caye Caulker, Hol Chan, and Bacalar Chico.

The specific objectives of this project are as follows:
* To strengthen the legislative framework and guidelines for coastal works with the involvement of stakeholders;

* To improve database of piers and other coastal works (bulkheads, groynes, seawalls, land reclamation, palapas, boat lifts, etc.) with the assistance of stakeholders;

* To increase public awareness of policies and guidelines for the erection of coastal works; and

* To increase coordination and cooperation among stakeholders.

Some of the main activities of the project include:

* A series of policy and public consultation meetings in the three target areas,

* Data collection and information gathering in the three target areas on all piers, seawalls, palapas, boat lifts, marinas, and other works on the seabed and within the 66ft reserve.

The final stakeholder meeting was held in Caye Caulker on Tuesday, 28 July, 2009. Stakeholders still have an opportunity to participate by submitting written comments to the Physical Planning Section, Department of Lands and Surveys, before the 12 August 2009.

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