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Belize - Overview

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Biodiversity Facts

Status and trends of biodiversity, including benefits from biodiversity and ecosystem services

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Belize, a relatively small country, is located in the northern part of Central America and forests dominate its landscape. Most of the land is composed of broadleaf forest, followed by pine forest and the remaining is mostly savannah land... More »

Main pressures on and drivers of change to biodiversity (direct and indirect)

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Fifty percent of mangrove loss is due to human activities (corresponding to approximately 344 acres per year) and 50% to storm damage. Belize’s coral reef ecosystems and certain terrestrial ecosystems were found to be at a higher risk from the impacts of climate change due to their low temperature tolerance ranges... More »

Measures to Enhance Implementation of the Convention

Implementation of the NBSAP

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Belize’s National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP), adopted in 1998, highlighted the need for a comprehensive and integrated approach to the management of protected areas and the creation of greater efficiencies in the management and conservation of Belize’s national biodiversity... More »

Actions taken to achieve the 2020 Aichi Biodiversity Targets

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

The Fisheries Department has passed legislation which focuses on the protection of key species and the application of restrictions as they relate to size, closed seasons, production quota to ensure the conservation and sustainable exploitation of Belize’s aquatic resources... More »

Support mechanisms for national implementation (legislation, funding, capacity-building, coordination, mainstreaming, etc.)

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

In order to support current efforts, build the country’s capacity to effectively deal with issues related to the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the use of national genetic resources, inventory its present biodiversity, among other efforts, much more support is required... More »

Mechanisms for monitoring and reviewing implementation

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Various programmes for communities adjacent to protected areas have been developed to provide incentives for cooperation and collaboration in conservation... More »

National Contacts

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Convention on Biological Diversity

Mr. Wilber Sabido
CBD Primary NFP, Resource Mobilization FP, GSPC NFP
Mr. Marcelo Windsor
CBD Secondary NFP, CHM NFP
Mr. Gumercindo Baeza
GSPC NFP
Mr. Lizandro Quiroz
GTI NFP
Mrs. Hannah St. Luce-Martinez
Protected Areas NFP

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Ms. Natalie Gibson
Cartagena Protocol Primary NFP
Mr. Francisco Gutierrez
BCH NFP

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