The purpose of discussion on Sustainability Now in the following pages is to explore how a country like Belize can continue to become viable and prosperous while developing strategies toward being socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable. The small country of Belize in Central America is quickly becoming identified on the global stage as a destination. For example, daily on U.S. and Canadian television you will see advertisements promoting the beauty and wonder that Belize beholds. On January 1, 2015 “Good Morning America” (ABC) promoted the top 10 vacation destinations for 2015 and Belize was featured. To the developer’s delight more and more people are coming to Belize to visit and to live. Besides the beauty of its mountains, jungles, rainforests, beaches, and reefs, Belize provides a diversity of human cultures and settings that attract people wanting to tour and live in a tropical locale.
The growing popularity of this country, however, can represent real risks to its sensitive ecosystems and community cultures if further growth and development are not conducted in a viable way. Many actions have been taken by the Belizean government and others, including non-governmental organizations and private citizens, to protect the country’s resources and initially deal with poverty in the country. But there is much more to be done and it requires actions that are integrated and long-lasting rather than piece-meal in their approach. Sustainable development is the guiding force for Belize to be able to maintain its rich history of resources and peoples while moving into the future by taking advantage of growth opportunities that will promote a sound economy that supports social well-being and environmental health.
This blog on Sustainability Now for Belize has been established to discuss how this small country can take advantage of what we already know about sustainable communities and what we are continuing to learn in a way that will influence a healthy and prosperous future development. Through this blog it is hoped you will get involved and contribute your thoughts and ideas to the thinking expressed in the weekly essays in order to begin cataloguing expert and public information that will be useful to Belizeans wanting to guide a future life of well-being and prosperity for themselves and their environment. We intend the accumulation of information in these blog archives to provide sustainable development practitioners with guidance on actions taken to improve the socio-economic and environmental well-being of Belize.
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