|Valentine Rosado, Mito Paz and Honorable Heredia at the official book launch and signing. |
After two years of research, information gathering, searching for funds, working with specialists, the Field Guide to the Natural History of Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve was launched on December 21st at Banyan Bay’s Rico’s Bar and Grill. A short and sweet ceremony commemorate the official launch as Kainie Manuel, Mistress of Ceremonies welcomed the gathering.
“What became a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site in December 1996, Bacalar Chico is finally getting the recognition it deserves,” commented Manuel. Director of Green Reef, Director of the Tour Guide Association and a guide, Omar Arceo delivered the Welcome Address and encouraged everyone to not only purchase a book but to take a close look at the information provided within.
Executive Director for Green Reef presented the Field Guide to the gathering and spoke of the many features found within the book. The Field Guide comes fully equipped with valuable information including the history of the site, of Ambergris Caye and the flora and fauna found within Bacalar’s boundaries. On hand for the official launching was Minister of Tourism Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr. who reiterated the importance of the book, especially for students.
Project Coordinator Valentine Rosado thanked everyone who had a hand in the book which was too numerous to mention all in his Vote of Thanks. “Every one had a major role to play in the guide that we have managed to finalize,” he commented.
The field guide was funded through the Community Management of Protected Areas Conservation Program (COMPACT) and is available at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve Office located on Caribeña Street.
For further information visit www.bacalarchico.org or The San Pedro Sun Volume 18 #49.