Protection of native species around the region

Around the region, many invasive species like cane toads and the giant African snails have been decimating agriculture to become dominant in the respective ecosystem. To curb the demise of these pests, the governments of these countries have taken to protecting and conserving their native species and habitats.

Belize recently purchased 236,000 acres of the Selva Maya tropical forest in northern Belize. In coalition with the Rio Bravo Reserve, this new piece of land will fall under protection as it includes some of the most biodiversity-rich forests in the world. The barrier reef in Belize is the second-longest in the world and the country contains some of the finest mangrove forests in the world as well.

In Trinidad and Tobago, new legislation is being drafted to protect biodiversity from these threats and to further educate the public about these matters.

The Forestry Act of 2010 and Forestry Regulations of 2014, aims to provide protection to protected trees, endemic flora, and fauna, water reserves, and wetlands in the Bahamas. The Bahamas has 58 protected areas for conservation, management, and sustainable use.

Through the Wildlife Protection Act of 2000, the National Environment and Planning Agency in Jamaica has protected over 300 species of birds and hundreds of other species that make up Jamaica’s rich biodiversity.

The Caribbean Community is doing its part in the eradication of invasive species and the protection of native life.

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