|Proposed South Beach Belize Development Site
|Mangrove clearance on the lagoon side of San Pedro. |
From the air, the world below unfolds like a living atlas and with the topography of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, the revelations are many. In an effort to educate the community, the Ambergris Caye Citizens for Sustainable Development (ACCSD) invited the media to an early morning flyover of San Pedro to get a first hand view of the developments in progress on the island. The flyover was conducted by EcoFlight, an environmental organization based in Aspiring, Colorado in the USA specialized in flights for conservation.
According to Vice Chair of the ACCSD, Catherine Paz, there is a great concern for developments occurring in various parts of the island and it was very important that the media get a bird’s eye view of those developments so as to educate the general populace. Paz further explained that because many don’t really understand the importance of developments to the environment and their extent and geographical coordinates, it is important to keep the people informed so that they may understand the size and location of developments, and also be able to get a glimpse of the projects that are taking place in the community.
In an interview with The San Pedro Sun, Chairman of EcoFlight, Bruce Gordon stated that since the 1970’s, he has seen major changes taking place in San Pedro. “I have seen San Pedro change from a fishing village, to a town and now we are seeing these huge developments,” explained Gordon, adding that, “people need to be aware of these development and decide whether we want to go eco-friendly or not. Like any other part of the world where we do conservation flights, we would like to see development happen in a sustainable way.”
The flyover took the media over the proposed South Beach Belize Development south of Ambergris Caye, the major construction over the leeward side of the island, a few of the developments north of the Caye, the entire San Pedro town area as well as Hol Chan Marine Reserve.
Ecoflight is a non-profit organization that has been conducting conservation flights in various part of the world in an effort to promote the protection of the environment.