The Belize government says the decision to declare the North-eastern Biological Corridor is to protect the biological connectivity of protected areas and safeguard the ecosystem services provided by these forests, including watershed preservation and rain formation.
It said that the order comes into effect on Wednesday after it had been signed by the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration, Godwin Hulse.
'The declaration of the North-eastern Biological Corridor marks the beginning of a new era and culture of conservation for Belize. The Government commits to replicating this activity in other parts of the country in order to protect and sustainably utilize forest and other natural resources, thereby ensuring that the social, environmental, and economic benefits afforded by forests are enjoyed by Belize's current and future generations,' the government said in a statement.
It said that the North-eastern Biological Corridor consists of almost 28,000 hectares of land, which includes 13,600 hectares of private lands and the areas known as the Freshwater Creek Forest Reserve and the Honey Camp National Park.
It also includes lowland broadleaf forests, mangroves, littoral forest, freshwater lagoons, and wetlands. The North-eastern Biological...