Rafael Manzanero OBE – a shining example for Belize

Rafael Manzanero and Neil Rogers with Alexandra Cousteau on the Raspaculo River, Belize.

Rafael Manzanero and Neil Rogers on the Raspaculo River, Belize.

I read with great pride that my friend Rafael Manzanero, Executive Director of Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) was awarded a OBE (Order of the British Empire) in the New Year’s Honour’s List for his contribution to Environmental Protection.

Rafael has worked tirelessly over many years to protect and conserve Belize’s (and the region’s) cultural and natural heritage. FCD is a shining beacon of what can be achieved with unlimited dedication despite limited resources.

I hope this honour will highlight Rafael’s outstanding leadership and act as a catalyst for more interest and resources being brought to bear to protect Belize’s Chiquibul Forest and the Maya Mountain Massif.

After a year of change for myself one of my New Year’s resolutions is to once again engage in the effort to protect and conserve Belize’s wild places, the creatures that live in them and to support the communities that lie at the edge of protected areas.