Belize’s astounding Barrier Reef no longer ‘endangered’ | GBRI

Coral Reefs

As a result of impressive conservation steps undertaken by Belize’s government, the world famous Mesoamerican coral reef in Belize has been removed from the list of threatened World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

The reef – the second largest in the world, after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia – is an underwater playground for hundreds of varieties of tropical fish, sea turtles, manta rays, sharks and many more species.

It spent nearly a decade on the endangered list, prompted by concerns over Belize’s plans to allow oil exploration nearby, unchecked construction on shore and the general lack of laws to protect the site. But UNESCO praised the country for taking timely action to reverse the trend.

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  • Marjorie Bard  June 28, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    Wonderful news about Belize saving the Coral Reef! Now why can’t the U.S. save the Chesapeake Bay when residents are forced to pay with every bill received from the Sanitary Dept.? I live next to a river which leaks so many gallons of waste water (from an old outdated plant) into the river each day that owning waterfront property is so unpleasant we don’t want to open a window….


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