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Belize Barrier Reef System

Belize Coast

The Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System is part of Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System (MAR), the longest reef in the Northern Hemisphere and the second longest coral reef system in the world after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The MAR stretches from the tip of Cancun to the Bay Islands of Honduras. Despite its size and importance, the reef is under constant threat.
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Saving the Macal River and Beyond

Chalillo Dam

The Chalillo Dam on the Macal River was built in 2005 in the face of international opposition. The dam flooded pristine rainforest and undocumented Mayan ruins. The laws of Belize were flouted and the citizens of Belize are paying an electricity rate two to four times that of their Central American neighbors.
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Indigenous Land Rights

After more than a decade of struggle with the Government of Belize, the customary land rights of the Maya people in southern Belize have been affirmed by the Supreme Court of Belize. The 67-page landmark judgment was delivered by Belize`s Chief Justice Abdulai Conteh on October 18, 2007.
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Coastal
Development

Copal Beach Resort, Placencia Peninsula, Belize

The 3,000 residents of the Placencia Peninsula support themselves with small-scale tourist businesses and the bounty of the sea.  Community members have teamed up with BELPO in the past to challenge the massive resort developments that unfortunately have become common along the coast of Belize and promise little benefit for local residents.
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