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R2R: Discovering Belize
This is the third update from the Rockies to Reef Expedition as Executive Director John Pryor and Mesoamerica Program Manager Armando Ubeda explore the landscapes, partnerships and conservation opportunities in Mexico and Central America...all from John's Cirrus SR22 airplane. A productive visit in Merida led to a hop over miles of lush green jungle enroute to San Pedro, Belize.
First stop: Belize City! Belize Audubon Society (BAS) is one of the longest running conservation groups in Belize, and I was extremely proud to learn that LightHawk has had a 26-year-long partnership with them. Armando and I sat down with Executive Director Amanda Acosta and her colleagues to talk about how LightHawk has helped catalyze their conservation projects, and to strategize about how to continue to improve and enhance our work together into the future.
Belize Audubon Society is in charge of protecting and managing some of the most important natural areas of Belize. Armando told me, "I feel honored to be able to work with them and to accelerate their conservation efforts." With LightHawk’s help, BAS has reached remote areas more efficiently, enabling them to create timely strategies for management. The information they gather is also used in community outreach and education, and to promote informed decision making regarding policy. I continue to be impressed by our partners' thoughtful conservation planning and overall effectiveness. I’m understanding just how much of a difference LightHawk can make here - the stakes are high, there is much work to do, and time is passing quickly.