Sustainable Development

in Caracol-Chiquibul-Mountain Pine Ridge, Belize

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Improved Caracol Road download
CMCC Communities download
Waterways download
Protected Areas download
Primary Roads download
Secondary Roads download
Natural & Cultural Sites download
Community Water Withdrawal download
Belmopan Watershed download
Land Cover download

Economic Activities
Current Mining Areas download
Current Agriculture Areas download
Timber Concessions download
Tourism Lodging download

Current Ecosystem Services
Total Water Flow download
Water Quality Index download
Carbon Storage download

Future Development
Impacts of Site Development download
Impact: Benefits Impaired download

Dams download
Potential Sites for Renewable Energy download


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Interactive Legend for New Road Improved Caracol Road
Interactive Legend for Water Features Waterways
Interactive Legend for CMCC Communities CMCC Communities

Sustainable Development Plan

The fundamental goal of the Sustainable Development Plan is to facilitate the improved management of ecosystems in the CMCC so as to maintain their integrity while ensuring the delivery of ecosystem service benefits for present and future generations of Belizeans and the global community.

The aims of the SDP are threefold: (i) to focus management activities that are already being undertaken, ensuring these are integrated; (ii) to highlight additional activities and actions that could be undertaken to help meet the challenge of ensuring a sustainable future; and (iii) to provide a roadmap for the phased implementation of a governance structure to ensure its success.

The result is a vision for a vibrant region where healthy ecosystems support — and are supported by — thriving local communities and a prosperous economy.

This is a brief overview of the highlights of the CMCC Sustainable Development Plan. For more detail, please see the full plan, available for download here

A Vision for Sustainable Development to 2035

Short-term strategy (up to 5 years - 2025)
Paving the way: improvement of the main recreation and tourism sites and implementation of the governance processes and management plans necessary to make the next steps a success.

Medium-term strategy (6-10 years - 2030)
Implementation and monitoring: New products and services in the tourism, agriculture, education and research sectors are developed, and capacity is increased. Sustainable practices in agriculture and forestry are progressing.

Long-term strategy (11-15 years - 2035)
Cementing the vision: All protected areas are effectively managed allowing both the protection of habitats at risk and the development of nature-based activities. Agriculture and wild product harvesting practices are sustainable. A long-term inclusive governance framework is in place along with sustainable financing mechanisms.

Implementation of the SDP activities will be guided by the following general zoning scheme, based on an assessment of development pressures and their tradeoffs in terms of environmental, social, and economic impacts.

Case 1


This viewer shows different scenarios for development in the CMCC Region in Belize.

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Scenarios Button

This button shows a figure comparing different future scenarios for development in this region and the impact on ecosystem services.

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The Scenario Comparison Panel

The top row in the static figure has land cover maps that show models of possible expansion of the four main development areas we observed for this study: Agriculture, Mining, Tourism, and Timber. The second and third row look at metrics to evaluate how different ecoystem services will change under these development conditions. Below the graph you will find tools to expand the graph for further inspection and for download, as well as some description of some of the services evaluated.