Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System

UNESCO RegionLatin America and the Caribbean
LocationBelize District (sites I, II, III), Stann Creek District ( IV,V,VI), Toledo District (VII)
CoordinatesN16 45 0 W87 3 30
Inscription Date1996
In Danger From2009
Property (ha)96,300
Type of HeritageNatural
CriteriaTo contain superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance
CriteriaTo be outstanding examples representing significant on-going ecological and biological processes in the evolution and development of terrestrial; fresh water; coastal and marine ecosystems and communities of plants and animals
CriteriaTo contain the most important and significant natural habitats for in-situ conservation of biological diversity; including those containing threatened species of outstanding universal value from the point of view of science or conservation
All ThreatsMajor visitor accommodation and associated infrastructure
All ThreatsLand conversion
All ThreatsHousing
All ThreatsInvasive / alien marine species
All ThreatsOil and gas
All ThreatsForestry /wood production
All ThreatsTranslocated species
All ThreatsLegal framework
Unesco Reference Number764
State of Conservation Report
DescriptionThe coastal area of Belize is an outstanding natural system consisting of the largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere, offshore atolls, several hundred sand cays, mangrove forests, coastal lagoons and estuaries. The system’s seven sites illustrate the evolutionary history of reef development and are a significant habitat for threatened species, including marine turtles, manatees and the American marine crocodile.
StatusWorld Heritage Site