——Belize Integrated Coastal Zone Management Plan 2016
The coastal zone is one of Belize’s greatest assets, and is vital to the Belizean way of life. Belize’s highly productive coastal zone is the resource base that supports a broad range of economic activities and contributes significantly to the environmental, social and cultural fabric of our country. It is therefore imperative that we are able to identify and implement informed management solutions that will aid us as a people and a government to safeguard the wealth of coastal and marine resources from which we all benefit. The National Integrated Coastal Zone Management Plan for Belize is a comprehensive and cross-sectoral planning framework that offers robust strategic solutions that build on the national agenda for growth, sustainable development and improved resources management. It links the economic potential and ecological value of the coastal zone with a balanced mix of utilization and conservation, thereby promoting the long-term viability of the Belizean coastal zone. Equally important is that the Plan will ensure that we strengthen the governance of coastal resources by effectively facilitating the transition from sectoral management regimes to coordinated, cross-sectoral decision-making processes at local and national levels.