From Headline News, Channel 5 --------

Three Belizean organisations have been awarded grants to enhance sustainable tourism around the barrier reef. The Toledo Tour Guide Association, Green Reef Environmental Institute and Belize Audubon Society were singled out by the Friends of World Heritage for assistance in promoting projects that will raise income levels in communities surrounding the World Heritage sites while at the same time preserving the natural environment. Each group will receive just under thirty thousand U.S. Dollars. In Toledo the T.T.G.A. will use their grant to increase the level of guiding services and promote the preservation of indigenous culture. Green Reef, based in San Pedro, will focus on Bacalar Chico National Park and the prevention of over-fishing in the area by promoting alternative employment for local fishermen. The Audubon Society, which operates nationwide, will channel its funding toward enhancing environmentally friendly tourism at the Blue Hole Natural Monument at Lighthouse Reef. Friends of World Heritage is an initiative of the United Nations Foundation, Expedia Incorporated, and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre.