On March 30th, 2017, WWF partnered with Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) to launch the 2017 Belize Telephone Directory featuring the in-danger Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System (BBRRS) World Heritage Site.
Partnering with BTL on this initiative gives us a unique opportunity to put much needed awareness in the homes and businesses of all Belizeans. The cover and "All About Belize" sections of the directory highlight the world heritage site through vibrant images and information on the seven protected areas that make up the BBRRS - Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve, Blue Hole National Monument, Half Moon Caye National Monument, South Water Caye Marine Reserve, Glovers Reef Marine Reserve, Laughing Bird Caye National Park and the Sapodilla Caye Marine Reserve.
The BBRRS has been on the UNESCO in-danger list since 2009 owed to unsound coastal developments and offshore oil exploration threats. Through collaboration with the WWF Global Flagship Campaign, WWF Guatemala/ Mesoamerica have been advocating locally and internationally to raise public awareness on the world heritage site and to get the Belize Government to address key indicators, as part of an action plan, for removal of the System from the in-danger list.
Added to this is the NEW augmented reality featured in this year’s cover, showcasing 11 year old blogger, Madison Pearle (@madibelize), as she spent 7 days sailing the length of the World Heritage Site, snorkeling, cleaning and learning each day. Download the Layar app today and join Madi’s adventure into Belize’s World Heritage Site.
To learn more about the Belize World Heritage Site and its protection, visit panda.org/belize