By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter
Belize had representation at the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney. A delegation led by Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development,
Senator Lisel Alamilla, took part in the event, considered one of the most influential global events focusing on conserving the world’s protected areas.
According to the government’s press office, over 6,000 people from 170 countries took part in the congress, which this year looked at formulating common key measures.
Minister Alamilla participated in a roundtable meeting along with the IUCN President, Zhang Xinsheng and two Australian Ministers, Commonwealth Minister for the Environment and the New South Wales Minister for the
Representatives from non-government organizations, including the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE), Ya’axché Conservation Trust and the Belize Audubon Society (BAS), also attended the event and conducted presentations on programmes and initiatives being implemented in Belize such as: the
Ridge to Reef Program, National Ranger Training Academy and Ecotourism in protected areas.
Government agencies, including the Fisheries Department conducted presentations on the Managed Access Program, while the National Protected Areas Secretariat presented on the work being done at the national level to
develop Belize’s National Protected Areas System.