The University of Belize today announced that it will begin offering a Masterís degree in Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development starting in August. According to a statement from UB, the Masters program is a mixed-mode program that will be offered by the University of Belize in partnership with the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine campus, the University of Guyana and Anton de Kom Universiteit van Suriname. The official release says that the program is geared towards building and strengthening capacity in environmental management, biodiversity and sustainable development issues in the region. It is designed to target professionals and technical staff employed in land, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, freshwater or marine resource management activities from public agencies, NGOs, the private sector and other stakeholders; as well as persons who wish to pursue careers in land and natural resource management, forestry, agriculture and marine resource management and sustainable development. Courses for the program will be offered via online distance learning; but, according to UB, students from the Caribbean region will have the opportunity to meet and participate in a field course of their choice in either Suriname or Belize. Students will also be able to benefit from fact-to-face supervision for their research project if they apply and register at the University of Belize. Persons wishing to take part in this new Masterís program can enroll in the program prior to July eight.