of Cave and Karst Studies
- ISSN 1090-6924
Volume 58 Number 2: 139-144 - August 1996
A publication of the National Speleological Society
of Karst in Belize
Karst areas in Belize are coming under increasing pressure from agriculture and other commerce. Opportunely protected karst areas are incorporated within forest reserves, national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, nature reserves, archaeological reserves, private conservation and management areas, and special development areas.
The total area of karst afforded nominal protection is about 3400 km², or about 68% of the total. Incorporating special development areas, the protected karst area is about 4300 km², or 86% of the total. Even the more conservative percentage is unparalleled in Central America and the Caribbean, and perhaps the world.
Significant protected karst areas include the Chiquibul, Blue Hole and Five Blues Lake national parks, the Bladen, Aquas Turbias and Tapir Mountain nature reserves, the Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, the Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area, and the Caracol, Xunantunich, Cahal Pech and El Pilar archaeological reserves. Extensive karst areas are located within the Vaca, Columbia River, Sibun, and Manatee forest reserves. The Manatee and Cayo West special development areas have considerable karstic components.
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