WCS Belize

WCS Belize

WCS has long been at the forefront of marine conservation in Belize with a history of providing technical and scientific support for over 30 years, including the establishment of the country’s very first marine protected areas: Half Moon Caye Natural Monument and Hol Chan Marine Reserve.  In the late 1980s and early 1990s, WCS was also involved in planning for the Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve and in the initial planning for the Bacalar Chico Marine National Park and Marine Reserve.  

Furthermore, WCS helped launch Belize’s integrated coastal zone management program and assisted in the preparatory work for the nomination of Belize’s Barrier Reef Reserve System as a World Heritage Site, which was inscribed in 1996.  WCS currently assists with monitoring, management, and training at two coastal seascapes – the Glover’s Reef and South Water Caye Marine Reserves – which lie at the heart of the largest coral reef system in the Western Hemisphere.  Our aim is to build the capacity of marine reserve staff, thus helping to develop more effective management.  This site-based work has served as a model of best practices and is being scaled up nationally, leading to the use of some of our innovative solutions across other similar seascapes.  

Through providing sound science to policy- and decision-makers, WCS has helped improve fisheries management regulations, including the protection of the spawning aggregation sites of the Nassau grouper and species protections for parrotfish.  WCS has worked collaboratively with government and NGO partners to introduce a rights-based fisheries management approach at the Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve.  This program has worked so successfully that national authorities have decided to implement this management approach across the entire marine territory. 

Contact

WCS Belize City Office
1755 Coney Drive, Second Floor, Coral Groves, Belize City
501-223-3271