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Sixty-five percent of Belize's frontier forest (large tracts of relatively undisturbed, old growth forest) remains, the highest percentage among Central American countries. And while only eight hundred acres of Belize's forests are protected, that amounts to 12.7 percent of the country's total land base, the second highest percentage in Central America. Ecotourism provides an important incentive for the protection of Belize's forests; approximately 16 percent of the country's gross domestic product is in the services sector, second only to agriculture. [more]

Belize Links:

  • Belize and the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change - Provides information related to the implementation of the UNFCCC in Belize.
  • Belize Audobon Society - A non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of the sustainable use and preservation of our natural resources in order to maintain a balance between people and the environment.
  • Belize Biodiversity Information System - Summary of species accounts compiled as zoological information for national protected area management plans.
  • Belize Deforestation and Tourism - Case study from American University's Trade and Environment Database (TED).
  • Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center - Includes video, sound clips, photos and key facts about native Belizean animals.
  • Certification Information: Belize - Progress of forestry certification in Belize.
  • Planeta.com - Eco Travels in Belize - In-depth information for exploring ecotourism in Belize.
  • Protected Areas Conservation Trust, Belize - Promotes the conservation and management for sustainable use of Belizean natural and cultural resources, to enhance and sustain the quality of life for all Belizeans
  • World Land Trust - Belize Project - UK-based charity that fundraises to buy endangered habitat of high biological value.
  • World Rainforest Movement: Belize - Articles from the World Rainforest Movement bulletin on Belize.

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