When the COVID-19 pandemic hit Belize and the tourism industry was brought to its knees, there were very few to nil visits to protected areas. In a way, this was a good thing because the areas were undisturbed. But as the country opens for business and tourists’ visits are dramatically increasing, protect areas may become vulnerable to human activity once more. The Briceno Government is seeking to strike a balance between the economic benefits of tourism and the protection of natural resources. Minister of Sustainable Development Orlando Habet, says his ministry is working closely with the Ministry of Tourism to ensure that environmental conservation remains the focal point of ecotourism.