Country Profiles

Belize - Country Profile

The national targets (or equivalent) presented in this database are taken from the NBSAPs received since COP-10, fifth national reports or from documents submitted separately. The mapping of national targets to the Aichi Biodiversity Targets by the Party concerned is indicated in the last column “Related Aichi Target(s)”. All Parties are encouraged to undertake this mapping exercise and to submit this information to SCBD for incorporation in this database.

Reference Target Related Strategic Goals/Aichi Targets
GOAL A (MAINSTREAMING) Improved environmental stewardship is demonstrated across all society in Belize, with an understanding and appreciation of marine, freshwater and terrestrial biodiversity, its benefits and values.
TARGET A1 By 2020, a framework has been designed and adopted to guide the harmonization of policies that positively impact biodiversity, across all Government departments. 2
TARGET A2 By 2020, Belize has legislated and implemented a national harmonized system of environmental standards and incentives that promote environmental responsibility and sustainability. 3
TARGET A3 By 2020, 100% of relevant national development decisions in Belize take into consideration ecosystem services and biodiversity relevance to the national economy. 2, 4, 20
TARGET A4 By 2020, 100% of relevant Government, 75% of civil society and 50% of the general public in Belize have increased awareness and appreciation of biodiversity and demonstrate active good stewardship. 1
GOAL B (PRESSURES) Direct and indirect pressures on Belize’s marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems are reduced to sustain and enhance national biodiversity and ecosystem services.
TARGET B1 By 2020, primary extractive natural resource use in terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments is guided by sustainable management plans, with improved biodiversity sustainability. 6
TARGET B2 By 2020, 80% of businesses monitored in Belize are compliant with environmental standards. 8
TARGET B3 Between 2016 and 2020, Belize has limited its net rate of land use change for prioritized natural ecosystems/areas to no more than 0.6% per year. 5
TARGET B4 By 2020, Belize is restoring 30% of degraded ecosystems to maintain and improve the status of ecosystems and ecosystem services essential for increasing Belize’s resilience to climate change impacts. 5, 10, 15
TARGET B5 By 2025, Belize is addressing its trans-boundary issues, with 20% reduction in terrestrial impacts and 50% reduction in illegal fishing from trans-boundary incursions. 5, 7, 10
TARGET B6 By 2018, Belize has a strengthened system in place for early detection and effective management of invasive species. 9
GOAL C (PROTECTION) Functional ecosystems and viable populations of Belize’s biodiversity are maintained and strengthened
TARGET C1 By 2030, Belize’s natural landscapes and seascapes are all functional and build biodiversity resilience to climate change. 11, 15
TARGET C2 By 2020, three key corridors identified under the National Protected Areas Policy and System Plan are physically and legally established, and effectively managed. 11, 12
TARGET C3 Between 2016 and 2030, no species will become functionally extinct in Belize. 12
TARGET C4 By 2020, average management effectiveness of the National Protected Areas System has increased to 80%. 11
TARGET C5 By 2020, Belize is implementing a biosafety policy that safeguards against large-scale loss of biological integrity. 13
GOAL D (BENEFITS) Strengthened provision of ecosystem services, ecosystem-based management and the equitable sharing of benefits from biodiversity.
TARGET D1 By 2025, key ecosystem services are sustainably managed and resilient to threats. 14
TARGET D2 By 2025, access to genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge is regulated and benefits arising from utilization are shared in a fair and equitable manner. 16, 18
GOAL E (IMPLEMENTATION) The National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan is implemented effectively through capacity building, informed strategic decision making and integrated public participation.
TARGET E1 By 2020, all relevant government Ministries, 75% of relevant civil society, and 25% of the private sector and general public are effectively involved in the implementation of the NBSAP. 2, 17, 18, 20
TARGET E2 By 2020, accurate and current data on Belize's natural resources and environmental services informs relevant national development decisions. 19
TARGET E3 By 2020, Belize's NBSAP is being implemented effectively, monitored and evaluated, and achieving desired outcomes. 19