ELAW is celebrating a landmark victory in Belize. Last year a cargo vessel smashed into the Mesoamerican Reef, near Caye Glory in Belize, damaging 6,000 square meters of pristine reef. Today, the Chief Justice ruled that the reef is not property but a living thing, and the shipping company must pay $11 million Belize dollars ($5.5 million US dollars).
Read more at Belize News 7.
This sets a fabulous precedent for grassroots advocates all over the world who are working to protect coral reefs.
ELAW staff provided legal and scientific support to our partners in Belize regarding liability for the vessel grounding. ELAW has worked for many years to protect the Mesoamerican Reef through law.
Maggie Keenan, Communications Director