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International/Politics/Regional— 01 October 2013— by Adele Ramos, AMANDALA

The Foreign Minister complained about damaging Guatemala incursions into Belizean territory

Belize Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Attorney General Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington, today raised the profile of illegal incursionsBelize asks United Nations for help by Guatemalans into Belizean territory in his statement at the General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly, being convened in New York City, USA. Elrington said “the forays” into Belizean territory are “an existential threat” which requires urgent resolution and action on the international front.   READ MORE HERE

Regional— 13 September 2013— by Adele Ramos, AMANDALA
Guat gold panning endangering Belize water source: FCD

Rafael Manzanero, Executive Director of Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD), told Amandala Monday evening that illegal gold mining activities being undertaken by Guatemalans who are now targeting Belizean highlands pose a serious threat to Belize, because some of Belize’s main waterways are being compromised. READ MORE HERE

Regional— 21 June 2013— by Adele Ramos, AMANDALA

Making the Chiquibul Forest a national conservation priority

Belize’s most prized forest, the Chiquibul – opulent with natural resources such as highly coveted hardwoods and exotic species of wildlife – Chiquibul: Alarming Threats to Biodiversity, Peace and National Stabilityhas been under siege for decades, a prime target for illegal incursions, and Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD), in an effort to raise awareness of the escalating threats to the biodiversity of that forest, is hosting a special symposium next month. READ MORE HERE