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Friday, 11 January 2019 00:00

On the 5th and 6th of January, a reunion was held with representatives of the FCD Youth Environmental Action Group, who has membership from Succotz, Benque and San Ignacio, and executive members of youths from Guatemala. These youths from across the border were from Todos Por Un Mundo Verde comprised of members from Melchor and other rural areas of Peten, Guatemala.

The objective was to finalize and endorse their first Binational Youth Action Plan.  This action plan describes the environmental activities that each youth group will be implementing at the community level in their respective country as well as actions that will be carried out jointly at the bi-national level during 2019. These activities include clean up campaigns, reforestation, adopting a riverside program, public outreach, recycling projects, environmental competitions, international commemorations and Miss Chiquibul pageant.

The message that resonated at the conclusion of the session was this: “As youths of Belize and Guatemala, we share our rivers and, therefore, we must join efforts as it is our collective responsibility to take action and become involved in the protection of our natural resources”.

Additionally, youths were able to develop short informational videos and radio Public Service Announcements (PSAs) that will be used to create awareness on key environmental issues such as garbage pollution, degradation of our rivers and deforestation of the riparian forests.  These materials will be disseminated on the group’s Facebook pages and will be shared with local radio stations in both Belize and Guatemala.

Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) provides oversight and support to both youth groups, made possible through the financial support of the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) and the British High Commission in Belize. FCD started as a youth group in 1989 with members from San Jose Succotz with the primary aim of promoting love for the land.