“APAMO, COLA, OCEANA and BELPO”
Among its jewels, Belize boasts the largest Barrier Reef in the western hemisphere and “Blue Hole”, the largest of its kind in the world which has awed many scientists. According to environmental activists, those bragging rights are dangling on weary threads as the Government of Belize and Ministry of Natural Resources have given concessions for offshore oil exploration.
The recent, momentous oil spill in the Mexican Gulf which has proven as a challenge to long-time oil experts to repress, has ever-more amplified the “LEAVE OUR WATERS ALONE” standpoint of environmental activists and the public. With APAMO, COLA, OCEANA, and BELPO publicly taking a stance against offshore exploration and drilling in Belize, they have won the support of members of the public and several other social partners. This has led to the need for the formation of a coalition that will echo that opposition as one united voice.
On World Ocean Day, June 8, 2010, at the Radisson Fort George in Belize City, members of these entities will once again speak on the legal repercussions, economic impact to the country’s tourism and fishing sectors and the environmental implications for Belize ans.
The coalition will on abovementioned date divulge their official name, membership and position on the ongoing controversial debate. It also plans to direct its efforts to studying the socio-economic impact and legal implications of the proposed oil exploration and drilling on terrestrial and marine protected areas as well as on Belizean shores. Based on its research, the newly formed powerhouse plans to advise the government to do away with notions of offshore drilling and reconsider their present policy.
The winners of Oceana’s World Ocean Day Essay competition will also be announced and awarded their respective prizes at the Forum being co-sponsored by OAK Foundation; APAMO, COLA, Healthy Reefs for Healthy People and KREM Radio & TV.
It would be of interest to viewers and listeners to tune into the event as it will be broadcast live on KREM Radio, KREM TV and streamed live on the Internet at www.krembz.com.
For further information contact Yvette Alonso at 671-7202 or Audrey Matura-Shepherd at 610-0702