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UNESCO’s proposes to remove Belize from in Danger list

UNESCO’s World Heritage Center in a press release announced that it has made a draft recommendation for the removal of Belize’s Barrier Reef Reserve System from the list of World Heritage in Danger. The draft recommendation will be reviewed by the World Heritage Committee at its upcoming meeting in Manama, Bahrain in late June, where the recommendation will be discussed and hopefully adopted. Belize’s Barrier Reef Reserve System has been on the UNESCO in-danger list for the past nine years. The release noted that UNESCO’s decision came about due to the Government of Belize action, whereby it legislated a moratorium on oil exploration and other petroleum operations in Belize’s maritime zone and revised Belize’s Mangrove Regulations.  The release added that such action shows that the Government of Belize is committed to protecting the outstanding universal value of the Belize Barrier Reef.