Hooray! We always love a win for conservation and we're excited to share that just recently, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially took the Belize Barrier Reef from the list of World Heritage Sites in Danger. Belize recently passed a moratorium on oil exploration in the entire maritime zone of Belize and strengthened their forestry regulations allowing for better protection of mangroves, which led the committee to remove the reef from the list.
The Belize Barrier Reef, added to the UNESCO List in 1996, is an outstanding natural system consisting of the largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere, offshore atolls, several hundred sand cays, mangrove forests, coastal lagoons and estuaries. Many of our favorite accommodations in Belize offer snorkeling and diving excursions to the barrier reef and Pelican Beach Resort, on the island of South Water Caye, is actually part of the reef. (Watch Video: South Water Caye)
If you want to see the Belize Great Barrier Reef for yourself, check out our trips Jungle Tree House and Reef Adventure and Ruins, Reefs and Rainforests Active Adventure or contact Grettel Calderon, our Central America director. So what's still on the UNESCO endangered list? See the list here and don't stop advocating for conservation efforts.