An assessment of the Meso-American Barrier Reefs System has shown that 70% of Belize’s reef is in poor to critical condition.

The 2010 Belize Reef Report Card was unveiled at the three day Belize Reef Summit, which “kicked off” on November 11, 2010.

The Reef Report Card brought out some serious but not so unexpected facts about our coral reef. Statistically, only 1% is in very good condition, only 8% falls into the “good” bracket, and 26% is considered fair.

In response to these alarming statistics, the summit calls on leaders to step up on policies or initiatives that combat the downward trend. Melanie McField, Director of Healthy Reefs for Healthy People Initiative (HRHP), identified COP 16 conference, which is to be held in Cancún, México in late November, as the perfect forum for leaders to address matters such as climate change and other issues that all adversely affect the reef system.

The release from HRHP echoed McField’s sentiments and recommendation, and gave the official call to leaders congregating in Cancun. “This is a call to action for delegates at COP-16 to include reefs and ocean acidification in the upcoming UN climate talks in Cancun.”

The Reporter