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#457554 - 02/08/13 02:20 PM Belize Accounts For World Heritage Sites
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Belize Accounts For World Heritage Sites

The team from the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development also spoke about the UNESCO team that's in Belize to address issues with our World Heritage Sites. There are seven sites in Belize that have been given World Heritage designation but a few of them have come under review for violations. The UNESCO Mission is in Belize to see if corrective actions have been taken. Alamilla explained that the Belize sites are in danger:..

Minister Lisel Alamilla
"Where we are right now is that we are in danger. So it means that you have to address some of the challenges of ensuring that the integrity of that world heritage site is maintained."

Jules Vasquez
"One of the sustain threats to integrity or one of the pursuits that is inimical with world heritage sites is offshore drilling. We do have world heritage sites; the government seeks to pursue offshore drilling. How will those two things be reconcile?"

Minister Lisel Alamilla
"It is my understanding and knowledge that in fact the concessions when they expire they are not being renewed."

Jules Vasquez
"Do you feel that perhaps the entire regime of granting offshore exploration licenses or production sharing agreements has to be revisited in so far as a lot of them are speculative in nature?"

Beverly Wade
"I won't comment on whether they are speculative or not because I don't know the details of these concessions. I do agree that government has to have - developed some form of framework, some policy on how it's going to approach oil exploration and drilling on a whole."

Jules Vasquez
"On the show you used the word "dead raise." Would you explain what that means in this context?"

Beverly Wade
"It was more than general context in terms of how we approach development on a whole and the whole issue of sustainable development. What has been happening a lot is that you get a proposal, you permit these developments to happen but the at the end of the day these people didn't really have the backative to really develop these places, so that's the context that I use "dead raise" because a lot of people come to Belize (we are rich in natural resources), they gain access to some of these areas and they use that to now tr and go and raise funds to develop something and i should really be the other way around."

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Some oil drilling contracts will not be renewed

Belize’s Barrier Reef, it is one of our primary attractions and UNESCO has made it a World Heritage Site. But concerns over offshore drilling have led some to question whether it will stay that way. Today, Minister Lisel Alamilla suggested that concerns over the current production sharing agreements covering offshore territory which are being challenged in court are not necessary, as some contracts will not face renewal.

LISEL ALAMILLA – Minister
vlcsnap-2013-02-07-19h51m52s7It is my understanding and knowledge that, in fact, the concessions when they expire they’re not being renewed.  We do have a map that’s available. that was shared with the consultants, that ahow that since the last visit or the last report, those areas that are in concessions are less than they were before.

Fisheries Administrator Beverly Wade commented on Belize’s path to sustainable conservation and development, saying that Belize cannot afford to have foreigners attempt to make their riches off our backs:

BEVERLY WADE – Fisheries Administrator:
vlcsnap-2013-02-07-19h55m34s167Well it was more in a general context in terms of how we approach development on a whole, and the whole issue of Sustainable Development.  The bottom line is that Belize is a country which is rich in our natural resources, and at the end of the day we must make those natural resources work for the country and for the people.  It might even sound philosophical.  Government always talk about a balance between development and conservation.  They’re not at two opposite ends of the stick.  They should actually go together. But I think that we need to strengthen our procedures and our processes, to ensure that when those decisions are made, when you have done your analysis, to develop our natural resources, that at the end of the day you see those developments come to fruition, and you actually get what you are supposed to get.

And finally, the Minister outlines the scope of the UNESCO mission which Wade chairs:

LISEL ALAMILLA – Minister
Yes, we have a mission right now.  UNESCO works along with the IUCN and they have sent two persons to visit us, to see if we have taken the corrective actions, or how far we are advanced in moving those recomendations that were made.  But I don’t think we’re in any way threatened to be de-listed. That would be serious. Our property is nowhere compromised at any level for them to even to consider de-listing it.  Where we are right now is that we are in danger.  So it means that you have to address some of the challenges of ensuring that thew integrity of that World Heritage Site is maintained.

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#457686 - 02/09/13 02:19 PM Re: Belize Accounts For World Heritage Sites [Re: Marty]
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UNESCO team in Belize to assess world heritage site

Belize Barrier Reef

For some time now, the treasured Belize Barrier Reef has been on UNESCO’s list of endangered World Heritage Sites and faces the possibility of being permanently delisted as such, due to licenses granted for the exploration and drilling of petroleum.  Currently in Belize to conduct an assessment of how far Belize has advanced in taking corrective measures is a UNESCO team.  Minister Alamilla shared the latest on that with us.

Meanwhile, Fisheries Administrator, Beverly Wade, who was late last year appointed as Belize’s representative on the UNESCO mission, was candid in her views about what we as a country need to do to ensure that development and conservation go together.

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#457973 - 02/13/13 02:45 PM Re: Belize Accounts For World Heritage Sites [Re: Marty]
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BELIZE WORLD HERITAGE SITES “IN DANGER”


A few of Belize’s World Heritage Sites have fallen under the danger radar and a team from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is in the country to assess the sites. UNESCO had given recommendations on how those sites could be improved and now they are back to ensure that the corrective measures are being taken.

“Yes, we have a mission right now. UNESCO works along with the IUCN [International Union for the Conservation of Nature] and they have sent two persons to visit us to see if we have taken the corrective actions as [to] how far we have advanced in moving [on] those recommendations that were made,” said Minister of Forestry, Fisheries, and Sustainable Development Hon. Lisel Alamilla.

“But I don’t think that we are in anyway threatened to be delisted. That would be serious. And our property is nowhere compromised at any level for them to even consider delisting it. Where we are right now is that we are in danger, so that means that we have to address some of the challenges of ensuring that the integrity of that World Heritage Site is maintained,” the Minister further said.

OCEANA has been in an ongoing legal battle as it challenges the government on the issue of offshore oil extraction in Belize. If offshore oil drilling should occur in Belize, it could mean possible danger for the barrier reef and marine life.

Commenting on this issue, Minister Alamilla said, “Well, it is my understanding and knowledge that in fact, that the concessions when they expire, they’re not being renewed.”

The Minister added that they have a map which shows that the number of areas that have been granted for exploration through concessions is less than it was before UNESCO’s last visit and report.

Beverly Wade, Fisheries Administrator for the Fisheries Department, told the media that she did not have any comments to make on the issue of offshore exploration licenses or the Production Sharing Agreements that are being revisited. She did say that she agreed that the government has to develop some policy as to how they will approach oil exploration and drilling on a whole, whether on or offshore.

“The bottom line is that Belize is a country with a lot of natural resources and at the end of the day, we must make those natural resources work for the country and for the people,” Wade said.

“And it might even sound philosophical, but I always talk about a balance between development and conservation. They’re not actually at the opposite ends of a stick; they should actually go together. But I think that we need to strengthen our procedures and our processes,” she went on to say.

Wade said that a lot of people come to Belize, gain access to the natural resources and then they try to raise the funds to develop those resources. She believes that things should be different.

“What has been happening a lot is that you get a proposal, you permit these developments to happen, but at the end of the day, these people didn’t really have the backative to really develop these places,” she said.

“A lot of people come to Belize; they gain access to some of these areas and they use that to now try and go and raise funds to develop something, and it should really be the other way around. We should encourage that when these people come here, they are very serious investors, and that we could see the development happen to the end.”

Amandala was unable to obtain an update on the assessment being carried out by the UNESCO team.

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#457987 - 02/13/13 03:51 PM Re: Belize Accounts For World Heritage Sites [Re: Marty]
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Hey UNESCO Maybe check out the damned sugar cane field irrigation canal being dug right through the middle newly apportioned jaguar reserve that GOB signed with Panthera. Completely F'd up the corredor. Great job there Ms Alamilla...

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#458029 - 02/14/13 01:45 PM Re: Belize Accounts For World Heritage Sites [Re: Marty]
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UNESCO evaluates the Belize Barrier Reef


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In 2009, Belize made it on the “Endangered” list of natural heritage sites in the World for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO. Last week, a team from that organization was in Belize to conduct an assessment of Belize’s corrective measures prescribed by UNESCO to improve upon that status. Today Love News checked in with UNESCO’s focal point representative, Fisheries Administrator, Beverly Wade, who let us in on that finding.

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