Examining the Management of
Belize Audubon Society's Protected Areas,
Belize, Central America
International Policy
International Conventions that Affect Biodiversity Conservation and Protected-Area Management
 Date Belize Signed
Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (RAMSAR)
 April 22, 1998
Convention on Biological Diversity
June 13, 1992
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
 June 13, 1992
Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage
 February 6, 1991
 International Plant Protection Convention
May 14, 1987
International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling
July 15, 1982
United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
 December 10, 1982
Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)
 September 21, 1981
Belize/Mexico Bilateral Agreement  
Convention on the Conservation of Biodiversity Protection of Priority Areas in Central America  


The Convention on Wetlands, signed in Ramsar, Iran, in 1971, is an intergovernmental treaty which provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. There are presently 116 contracting parties to the Convention, with 1,006 wetland sites, totaling 71.7 million hectares, designated for inclusion in the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance. Belize became the 108th contracting party on April 22, 1998. The "Crooked Tree Lagoon Area" was one of the first Wetlands of International Importance designated by Belize for the Ramsar List.