Belmopan, 24th May, 2011. The Department of the Environment will be hosting another public
consultation this Thursday, May 26, 2010 at the Caye Caulker Community Centre starting at 7:00
The primary objectives of the project are:
- To investigate the waste management practices of the residents of Caye Caulker for the
collection and treatment of sewage in Caye Caulker within the framework of the Land Based
Sources of Marine Pollution Protocol of the Cartagena Convention (LBS Protocol).
- To investigate the possible contamination of Caye Caulkerís ground and surface waters
resulting from the current sewage waste management practices by undertaking an in depth
water quality monitoring programme.
- To investigate the current use of ground water resources in Caye Caulker to determine the
potential impacts to human health.
- To consolidate the recommendations of prior studies conducted in Caye Caulker and formulate
new recommendations taking into account the realities of Caye Caulker, the new information
collected and noting the recent passage of Effluent Limitations (Amendment) Regulations in
line with the LBS Protocol.
Over the past year, the DOE has been sending out personnel to Caye Caulker on a regular basis to
conduct water quality monitoring of both groundwater and sea water at pre-established monitoring
sites. The DOE has conducted a public consultation as well as a survey to further the overall goal
of the project in working towards recommendations for proper waste management in Caye Caulker.
In July 2009, the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment, through the Department of
the Environment (DOE), embarked on a Sewage Needs Assessment Project for Caye Caulker to
investigate the waste management practices of the residents of Caye Caulker and determine the
extent of contamination of ground and surface waters from these waste disposal practices.
All residents of Caye Caulker are invited to come out and learn more about the project.
For more information, please contact:
The Chief Environmental Officer
Department of the Environment
10/12 Ambergris Avenue
Tel: 822-2816 or 2542