Belize’s $1.6 billion open economy is highly dependent on tourism. Unique, healthy and beautiful marine attractions and coastal destinations continue to ensure that Belize’s tourism product is a key economic driver. Similarly, Belize’s ocean abundance supports more than fifteen thousand Belizeans via commercial and recreational fishing. And just as importantly is the cultural connection Belizeans have to the reef itself—it’s a part of our self-identity. Within such context then, Oceana Belize is keen to promote informed decision-making on the issue of offshore oil exploration and drilling in Belizean waters.
On Wednesday, December 9th 2015, Oceana Belize organized and held “The Energy of Nature vs. the Nature of Energy” conference which brought together Belizean leaders in tourism, fisheries, investment and the scientific arena to provide academically informative and objectively provocative information about the nationally important issue of offshore oil.
Featured Guest Speaker for the Event was National Geographic Filmmaker and Oceana Senior Adviser, Alexandra Cousteau, who spoke of her love and commitment for Belize and her beautiful marine resources.
The free- to-attend conference delivered panel sessions, debates, and discussion across varying themes, empowering attendees with the knowledge to stay at the forefront of the issue.
Missed it? Stay tuned, as Oceana is already working on the next conference, which promises to be bigger and better. In the meantime, check out our video above.
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