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Why tiny Belize is a world leader in protecting the ocean

Belize is the only country in the world that has successfully divided all its territorial waters, including functional fishing waters. We direct all fishermen into two of nine areas to build an architecture from the ground up, where a constituent takes ownership of resources because their livelihood depends on it.  The programme is just part of a groundbreaking approach to ocean protection that has won the tiny country in Central America a reputation as a world leader.  Most recently, in April, Belize expanded the replenishment or “no-take” zones in its marine protected areas from 4.5% to 11.6%, almost tripling zones where fishing is banned, to rebuild fish populations and protect marine habitats.  Read more.....

 

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