Monday, June 29, 2009

Dia de San Pedro Boat Procession

Dia De San Pedro 2009

It was a fabulous weekend chock full of great activities, including a fishing tournament, lots of cultural presentations, karaoke, rides, and more!! Shows by San Pedro Dance Company, Wisconsin Dancers, Belize Dance Company, San Jose Nuevo Palmar Dance Group from Orange Walk and Xaibe Cultural Dance Group from Corozal (accompanied by the Maya Band) kept everyone entertained throughout the weekend. The Orange Walk and Corozal groups joined the SP Dance Company in capping off the festivities on Sunday night. A grand fireworks display at midnight brought in the official Dia de San Pedro!!
Below are some images of the weekend - with many more to come during the course of the day!!

Belize Barrier Reef placed on UNESCO's "Danger" list

27 June 2009 News - Press Release

The Belize Barrier Reef System and Los Katios National Park in Columbia are the two natural sites added to the List of World Heritage in Danger, following the advice of IUCN.

Composed of seven protected areas, many small mangrove islands and coastal lagoons, the Belize Barrier Reef System is home to a number of threatened species, including marine turtles and the American crocodile.

A series of technical assessments and a joint IUCN/UNESCO monitoring mission to Belize in March 2009 revealed alarming developments such as extensive mangrove cutting and sale of mangrove islands. The Belize Barrier Reef, the largest in the Northern Hemisphere, is also the country’s top tourist destination.

“By adding the Belize Barrier Reef to the List of World Heritage in Danger, the World Heritage Committee is acting to ensure that one of the world’s most outstanding natural places is being protected and that the international community is doing its utmost to support Belize in its conservation efforts," says Tim Badman, Head of the IUCN delegation at the World Heritage Committee meeting.

To read more on the official notification visit