Regional partners gather for 7th Caribbean Urban Forum in Belize City Print E-mail
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Thursday, 18 May 2017 00:00

Over the course of three days, between May 17th to the 19th, the Belize City Council will host the Caribbean Urban Forum 2017 under the theme ‘(Green) Energy, Economy and Space Pathways to Urban Sustainability.’ The forum is an annual regional gathering that brings all manner of persons and entities involved in land management and planning together to share information and create collaboration and networking.

This year Belize City is hosting the 7th such gathering where a total of 47 conference papers will be presented. These papers are the main part of the conference where wide and varied topics related to urban planning and development will be discussed. Every manner of research documents from countries across the region including Belize will be presented. The papers presented will vary from Waterfront development in Belize to affordable housing projects by the IDB in the Caribbean.

Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley appeared on Wave Radio’s Fus Thing da Mawnin on Tuesday May 16 during which he explained that such a conference is important for Belize as the wealth of knowledge that will be shared will be beneficial for future development of all municipalities in the country. He added that as a result of the conference, crucial networks will be established for future planning of Belize municipalities.

Along with papers to be presented, the topic of climate change, urbanization and accompanying problems like poverty, crime and informal settlements will be addressed. During the course of the three day event, participants will be going on tours in and around Belize City as well as major archaeological sites. They will also travel to Ladyville to tour Bowen and Bowen facilities as well as a Caribbean shrimp farm also in Ladyville. There will also be a tour of the Haulover Creek and Belize River.