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.

Inkaterra wins the Tourism for Tomorrow Conservation Award

Inkaterra, the Peru based hotel group owned by José Koechlin von Stein and his wife Denise Guislain have won the prestigious Conservation Award at the 2012 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards in Tokyo, Japan.

As one of the preliminary judges of the Conservation Award category I’d like to extend my congratulations to José and Denise. Inkaterra is a shining example of what can be achieved by hotel groups if they are truly committed to sustainability. For over 30 years José has been dedicated to sustainable development, operating world class hotels while funding biodiversity research through the desire to protection the landscape and cultures in the areas Inkaterra operate in. Belize can learn much from the way José has developed his business and I recommend that hoteliers take a look at the best practices that Inkaterra have put in place. Please click here for more information on Inkaterra.

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