According to 7News Belize, the Government of Belize is planning to ‘De-Reserve’ at least 3,000 acres of the Bacalar Chico Marine & Wildlife Reserve in Northern Ambergris Caye, and sell the land to developers. According to reports, the deal is all but done. Residents of Ambergris Caye are being urged to come together and protest this issue.
It is also very important for non residents of Belize to support this issue. Many of you have fallen in love with Ambergris Caye and keep coming back for more. Please help us make it known how we feel about the preservation of Marine and Wildlife Reserve area of Bacalar Chico.
If you are not in Belize and want to take a stand against the sale and de-reserve of Bacalar Chico land please leave a comment with your first and last name and where you are from and I will put together a master list. This is important issue and we welcome your support.
Bacalar Chico comprises a 15,000-acre marine reserve and 12,000 acres of terrestrial reserve and has been named a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). It sits at the northern tip of Ambergris Caye overlooking
the Bay of Chetumal and Mexico.
At the link below is a PDF Petition against this move that can be downloaded (in English or Spanish). This petition can also be found at Seaduced, Ambergris Jade, Travel and Tour, and Area Rep. Manuel Heredia’s office. It states that Voters and Concerned Citizens strongly disagree with the plan to sell acreage in the reserve. You can also get copies to bring to others to sign and then bring the full page of signatures back to the above places.
There is a box next to each name that should ONLY be checked if you are a voter. If you choose to get signatures, make sure that only voters check that box. Help us protect this very special spot on Ambergris Caye.