The Lamanai Archeological Reserve and its cultural landscape have been named on the 2022 World Monuments Watch. It’s big news not only for those who love archaeology but for the country as this naming signifies the great importance that lies with the Lamanai temple. The nomination was submitted by the recently formed NGO, Heritage Education Network Belize, HEN-B, which believes that culture and heritage are holistic concepts, holding salience in every aspect of life. Co-founder, Sylvia Batty stated that the site is as socially significant today as it was 3,000 years ago.
To date, World Monuments Fund (WMF) has contributed more than $110 million toward projects at more than 300 Watch sites, with the visibility provided by the Watch, helping communities have been able to leverage an additional $300 million from other sources.