|Protected Areas in Belize
Belize is justifiably proud of its natural heritage. Although a small country by geography and population, Belize is home to the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere - a centerpiece of a marine area rich in species and ecosystems, and a strong attraction for tourists from around the world. At the same time, Belize's land based ecosystems support an unrivaled richness of scenery and wildlife and an exciting destination area for Belizeans and visitors. Belize's archaeological treasures are generously sprinkled around the country, and include some world-class sites with international importance both for their beauty, but also the information they contain about our human past.
The Department of the Environment (DOE)
The Department of the Environment, within the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries & Sustainable Development is responsible for fostering the prudent use of proper management of the natural resources of Belize, the preservation, protection and improvement of the environment and the control of pollution, thus guaranteeing a better quality of life for present and future generations.
PACT (Protected Areas Conservation Trust)
After several years of consultation and meetings with various government and non-government organizations, the private sector, and international organizations, PACT was formally established in January 1996 with the passing of the Protected Areas Conservation Trust Act, No. 15 of 1995, creating the institution as a Statutory Board.
PACT was established in 1996 out of the need for a coordinating force that could help in the nationwide effort to maximize the conservation, preservation, enhancement and management of Belize's natural and cultural resources.
Source: The Department of the Environment (DOE), PACT - Protected Areas Conservation Trust