Someday Is Now! – Short version
The Mesoamerican Reef is Belize’s crown jewel and a major economic engine for the country. As the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, it provides this Central American nation with thriving lobster, conch and reef fish fisheries, a strong cultural icon, and a magnet for hundreds of thousands of tourists who come each year to enjoy its outstanding diving, snorkeling and fishing opportunities. This incredible resource is in peril. Unplanned development of coastal areas — including dredging and filling of critical mangrove forests, contamination, and overfishing — all threaten the reef and Belizean livelihoods. In Someday is NOW!, the people of Belize speak out, demanding a coastal zone management plan and a responsible path for development.
10 Ways You Can Help The Reef
10 simple pieces of advice Belizeans and visiting foreigners can follow to minimize the impact of their activities on the reef.
Punta Gorda Co-management
This clip shows us why co-management works in Belize, which players are involved in Punta Gorda and why co-management is necessary to successfully maintain the fisheries in Belize.
Laughing Bird Marine Protected Area
This short video tells the story of how Laughing Bird Caye National Park in Belize came to be and how it is now perceived by the local population, told by the very people who brought the issue of protection and sustainable development in this area to the government.
Mangroves play a key role maintaining fisheries, as well as providing services for tourism and shoreline protection. In spite of their indisputable economic, social and environmental importance, throughout Belize mangroves are getting cut and dredged.