SCI 230 Week 9 Final Project - UNESCO PAPER

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Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System 1 SCI 230 Week 9 Day 7 Assignment: UNESCO PAPER Axia College of Phoenix May 2010
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Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System 2 While the human population continues to grow so does the need for land to contain this growth. In man’s attempt to fulfill this need we find that we are encroaching on lands used for diverse wildlife and plant life. The problem comes from the fact that when man moves into these new areas he usually takes over and in the process damages or destroys ecosystems that were in place. This loss of ecosystems equates to the loss of animal species and also plant species. This is happening in our world at an alarming rate. One issue that should be sending up a big red flag is that no one knows how the loss of these plants and animals is go- ing to affect our planet. Luckily there are groups established such as the World Heritage Group which work to preserve these areas and unique ecosystems along with their plant and animal life. One such place is the Belize Barrier Reef platform lies on the Atlantic-Caribbean coast of Belize, and extends 260 kilometers from the border with Mexico to the north, to near the Guatemala border to the south. The Reserve was inscribed as a natural World Heritage property in 1996. The Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System belongs to the Central American biogeographical province and is made up of the following areas: Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve, the northernmost part of Ambergris Caye, the west area of Chetumal Bay, Laughing Bird Caye National Park, Half Moon Caye Natural Monument, Blue Hole Natural Monument, Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve, South Water Caye Marine Reserve and Sapodilla Cays Marine Reserve. As you can see this is a vast area encompassing many places it is good to see that all of these places are now under government and civilian protection. ( www.eoearth.org )
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Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System 3 What do these areas contain which makes them so important that they need to be protected? There is a vast amount of vegetation found in the area. In fact 178 species of vascular plants, including 32 non-native species make up the vegetation found. These are broken down into three distinct areas. They are the Mangrove forest which is made up of three major types of mangrove trees; the Buttonwood, the Red mangrove and the White mangrove. Next there is the
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