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Caye Caulker Sewage
The Department of the Environment will be hosting another public
consultation this Thursday, May 26, 2010 at the Caye Caulker Community Centre starting at 7:00 pm.
The primary objectives of the project are:
1. To investigate the waste management practices of the residents of Caye Caulker for the collection and treatment of sewage in Caye Caulker within the framework of the Land Based Sources of Marine Pollution Protocol of the Cartagena Convention (LBS Protocol).
2. To investigate the possible contamination of Caye Caulker’s ground and surface waters
resulting from the current sewage waste management practices by undertaking an in depth water quality monitoring programme.
3. To investigate the current use of ground water resources in Caye Caulker to determine the potential impacts to human health.
4. To consolidate the recommendations of prior studies conducted in Caye Caulker and formulate new recommendations taking into account the realities of Caye Caulker, the new information collected and noting the recent passage of Effluent Limitations (Amendment) Regulations in line with the LBS Protocol.
Over the past year, the DOE has been sending out personnel to Caye Caulker on a regular basis to conduct water quality monitoring of both groundwater and sea water at pre-established monitoring sites. The DOE has conducted a public consultation as well as a survey to further the overall goal of the project in working towards recommendations for proper waste management in Caye Caulker.
In July 2009, the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment, through the Department of the Environment (DOE), embarked on a Sewage Needs Assessment Project for Caye Caulker to investigate the waste management practices of the residents of Caye Caulker and determine the extent of contamination of ground and surface waters from these waste disposal practices.
All residents of Caye Caulker are invited to come out and learn more about the project.
For more information, please contact:
The Chief Environmental Officer
Department of the Environment
10/12 Ambergris Avenue
Tel: 822-2816 or 2542
UNIVERSITY OF BELIZE TO OFFER NEW PROGRAM
The University of Belize today announced that it will begin offering a Master’s degree in Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development starting in August. According to a statement from UB, the Masters program is a mixed-mode program that will be offered by the University of Belize in partnership with the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine campus, the University of Guyana and Anton de Kom Universiteit van Suriname. The official release says that the program is geared towards building and strengthening capacity in environmental management, biodiversity and sustainable development issues in the region. It is designed to target professionals and technical staff employed in land, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, freshwater or marine resource management activities from public agencies, NGOs, the private sector and other stakeholders; as well as persons who wish to pursue careers in land and natural resource management, forestry, agriculture and marine resource management and sustainable development. Courses for the program will be offered via online distance learning; but, according to UB, students from the Caribbean region will have the opportunity to meet and participate in a field course of their choice in either Suriname or Belize. Students will also be able to benefit from fact-to-face supervision for their research project if they apply and register at the University of Belize. Persons wishing to take part in this new Master’s program can enroll in the program prior to July eight.
Exhibit and lecture on human trafficking of children
Human Trafficking has become a global problem that rarely ends in convictions be cause victims are reluctant to go before the courts. Today the Embassy of Mexico hosted “A Day for the Rights of the Child,” in Belize and Corozal Districts to highlight the plight of vulnerable groups such as children who are trafficked. In Belize City, a specialist from the National Human Rights Commission of Mexico held a lecture with the public on human trafficking and Child Exploitation along with a photo exhibit called Human Rights Through Your Eyes. According to Doctor Emilio Maus, the exhibit and the lecture focus on human trafficking of children.
Dr. Emilio Maus, National Human Rights Commission of Mexico
“Human Trafficking is a problem worldwide. It is very important that every country tries to adapt measures in order to fight this crime.”
“Your presentation; what are the main points of your presentation today?”
Dr. Emilio Maus
“I’ll try to give points in order to prevent this problem and try to combat it from different sides. It is a very problematic and complicated problem. So, the solution also has to be external and has to involve many different aspects.”
Is it something that you see a lot in México where you actually do your work?
Dr. Emilio Maus
“Actually, we have taken notice of different kinds of exploitation of children. Also, elderly people with children, we have an especially hard to see when children are being exploited sexually or labor exploitation of children. Both cases are really dramatic. So this is maybe one of the area we are trying to focus in our combat.”
“So, for the focus of what you’re doing, you’re looking at legal means of how to combat it or there are more?”
Dr. Emilio Maus “Well that’s part of the solution, try to adapt statutes that help prevent or help fight the problem but also that these statues are followed—that people follow the law and apply the law. On the other hand, we have structural causes of problem: for example; family malfunction or dysfunctionality which sometimes also influences the fact that a child is being exposed to exploitation—labor exploitation or sexual exploitation.”
“Do we have an approximate figure of how many children are victims of human trafficking every year?”
Dr. Emilio Maus
“There is an estimate from UNICEF saying that about two million children are actually being submitted to some kind of sexual exploitation and labor exploitation.”
Up north, a puppet theatre show as well as a film and debate were held as part of the day of activities.
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