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Taking stock : Belize at 25 years of independence

Author: Barbara S Balboni; Joseph O Palacio; Jaime J Awe
Publisher: Benque Viejo del Carmen, Belize : Cubola Productions, 2007-
Series: Belize collection., Essay.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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An anniversary is a reason to celebrate, and when on the 21st of September of 2006, Belize commemorated its first 25 years as a new nation, Belizaeans indeed rejoiced. In this collection, the first of two volumes, distinguished economists, conservationists, lawyers, sociologist, and other scholars - all longtime observers of Belize and its people - take stock. In most cases they present, for the first time ever,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Barbara S Balboni; Joseph O Palacio; Jaime J Awe
ISBN: 9789768161185 9768161183
OCLC Number: 182632403
Notes: "Economy, environment, society, culture"--Cover, v.1.
Description: volumes : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Contents: Part 1: Economy --
1. Economic development in Belize: Two steps forward, two steps back / Robert B. Richardson --
Economic history: from logging to bananas --
Beyond independence: from tourism to oil --
Economic development --
Opportunities and threats in the next 25 years --
2. Belize foreign trade performance since independence: Neo-dependent challenges and opportunities / Michael D. Pisani --
Historical trajectory and context: globalization and dependency theory and frameworks --
Macro-level trade performance --
Product-level trade performance --
Historical trade linkages --
Summary and recommendations for non-dependent trade insertion and growth --
3. Belize's northern region; Its economic performance in the post-independence period / Crucita Ken --
Devaluation of the Mexican peso --
Informal trade --
Formal trade --
Restructuring of the sugar industry --
Tourism --
Fiscal incentives to promote employment in Corozal --
The export processing zone in Corozal --
Transformation of the northern economy: the commercial free zone in Corozal --
The CFZ performance --
Effects on employment, investment, and growth in general --
The way forward --
Part 2: Environment --
4. The environment of Belize --
Reserve, preserve, plunder / Candy Gonzalez --
Background of environmental law in Belize --
Early environmental protections --
description of the laws --
Laws related to the environment --
The environment in the laws of Belize --
Taking it to court --
Community goes to court --
Going international --
Sensitizing the courts --
The environment in context --
Foreign investment contracts --
Pushing development --
Where are we now? --
5. History of protected area designation, co-management and community participation in Belize / Colin A. Young and Robert Horwich --
History of protected area designation in British Honduras/ Belize --
The role of the Belize Audubon society in protected areas designation --
Types of protected areas in Belize --
Integration of conservation, co-management and community participation --
The community baboon sanctuary as a Belizean model --
Recent history of protected areas, co-management and community participation --
Community participation and the national protected areas policy and systems plan --
Strengthening future community co-management of protected areas in Belize. 6. Our reef in peril --
Can we use it without abusing it? / Melanie McField and Nadia Bood --
Historical context and use of the reef --
Economic importance of the reef --
Threats to the reef --
Fishing (or over-fishing) --
Tourism and coastal development --
Land use and agriculture --
Global climate change --
A brief assessment of reef health over the last twenty-five years --
Reefs in distress across the Caribbean --
Management and conservation efforts to curb reef decline --
The important role of marine protected areas --
Looking to the future --
Part 3: Society --
7. Understanding our coastal communities at age 25 / Joseph O. Palacio --
Coastal communities --
Knowledge gaps --
IDRC studies --
Community management of protected areas conservation project (COMPACT) --
Focal themes --
8. Twenty-five years of human rights in Belize: From theory to practice, a work in progress / Antoinette Moore --
Human rights in the laws of Belize --
Human rights organisations in Belize --
The human rights reality on the ground --
Vulnerable groups in Belize --
Thematic human rights topics in Belize --
9. Discipline, crime and violence: Rocks on the lid of a boiling pot? / Michael Rosberg --
The impact of crime and violence on children and adolescents --
Types of youth crime --
Severe discipline: origins and justification --
Lashing and morality --
Crime and violence: findings and implications of study --
10. Emigration from Belize since 1981 / Jerome Straughan --
Migration at independence --
Migration in the 1990s --
Emigration in a new century: 2000 and beyond --
Belizeans in the United States --
The impact of emigration on Belize --
Part 4: Culture --
11. Coming of age: Reflecting on the past 25 years at archaeology / Jaime J. Awe --
12. Cultural policy, local creativity and the globalizations of culture in Belize / Michael Stone --
Culture --
Cultural development in Belize --
Cultural policy considerations in Belize --
13. Independence, globalization, and rice and beans / Richard Wilk --
Is it a happy birthday? --
Nationhood and globalization --
New markets and growing variety --
Ethnic and national food --
Conclusion: the future of rice and beans.
Series Title: Belize collection., Essay.
Other Titles: Belize at 25 years of independence
Belize at twenty five years of independence
Responsibility: Barbara S. Balboni and Joseph O. Palacio, editors ; contributors, Jaime J. Awe [and others].

Abstract:

An anniversary is a reason to celebrate, and when on the 21st of September of 2006, Belize commemorated its first 25 years as a new nation, Belizaeans indeed rejoiced. In this collection, the first of two volumes, distinguished economists, conservationists, lawyers, sociologist, and other scholars - all longtime observers of Belize and its people - take stock. In most cases they present, for the first time ever, essays that focus on Belize, a country that is at once deceptively uncomplicated yet surprisingly complex. The essays, which reflect on what brought Belize to this point, are eminently readable, but provocative and challenging. The authors' in-depth analysis and evaluation of data, policies, laws, and practices from the economic, environmental, societal, and cultural sectors are just the beginning. Policy-makers, decision-makers, stakeholders, and concerned citizens are beckoned to use the essays to assess and evaluate the authors' findings, appraise the current status of the country, and examine its proposals, initiatives, challenges, problems, and promises, mindful of what has transpired and what they country and its people will face in the next quarter century. The essays are a bid for independence - independent thinking, analysis, and evaluation. -- from back cover.

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