Goals: To secure a ban on oil exploration in Belize's offshore and protected areas and to strengthen the legislative framework for the equitable distribution of oil revenues and promote strong environmental safeguards for the oil industry


Welcome to the official site of the Belize Coalition to Save our Natural Heritage.

The Coalition: Many Voices Join together to Effect Policy Change

Belize was informed via the local media that the entire country of Belize was parceled out into petroleum concession blocks. These petroleum blocks covered sensitive ecosystems areas including the offshore/coastal-marine area and terrestrial protected areas, demonstrating government’s intent to allow exploration to be conducted throughout the country with little regard for sensitive ecosystems and natural resources, especially in areas already placed under some protective status.

In April 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico heightened the growing concern for the proposed oil exploration in Belize’s offshore and protected areas. The Belize Coalition to Save our Natural Heritage morphed from individual outrage and concern over the level of oil exploration concessions granted throughout the country into one collective voice representing over 40 organizations and individuals.

The Coalition has launched a petition drive to call for a Referendum to have Belizeans vote on whether or not there should be oil exploration in Belize’s offshore and protected areas. On February 14, 2011, the Coalition officially launched its “Learn -Sign -Vote” campaign focusing on educating the public on the implications of oil exploration, promoting the petition campaign to collect 17,000 signatures to trigger a national referendum on the issue and encouraging people to vote on referendum day.


07_07_2011 60 Minutes: Energy: The pros and cons of shale gas drilling

07_06_2011 Treaty Energy Corporation Reports Progress

06_30_2011 CoalitionNewsletter_Issue3_Vol1

06_10_2011 Blue Creek favorable to New World Oil & Gas

06_09_2011 PM speaks about Referendum

06_03_2011 BTIA calls on its Membership

06_01_2011 Oceana\’s response to the PM and the Referendum

06_01_ 2011 Belize Coalition surpasses 17,000 signatures

05_18_2011 CoalitionNewsletter_Issue2_Vol1

05_06_2011 Channel 5 Interviews Dr. Fineberg

05_04_2011 Chx denies Coalition tour request

05_03_2011 Press Conference with Oil Expert

05_02_2011 Public Forum

04_20_2011 BP could be Belize Petroleum Spill

04_06_2011 CoalitionNewsletter_Vol1_Issue1

03_30_2011 Maranco Objection Ch5 News Story

03_30_2011 Government Grants Maranco Concession

03_29_2011 Objection Statements on Petroleum Blocks in NW Orange Walk

3_22_2011- World Water Day

03_22_2011 Atlantic Oil Spill: 20,000 Endangered Penguins Coated In Crude On Tristan Da Cunha Islands

3_15_2011 – Educational Outreach

03_09_2011 Oil Summit Position Paper

03_09_2011 Summary – SATIIM Oil Summit Position Paper

3_8_2011 – RSM Rio Bravo


Belize Coalition to Save our Natural Heritage


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