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Belize's Barrier Reef Is Off Endangered List After Banning Oil Activity

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With Belize banning all oil exploration practices, its local barrier reef is now off the UNESCO World Heritage’s list of endangered areas. The massive reserve system, which is imperative to the Central American country’s economy and livelihood, has made a tremendous recovery just months after the ban was put in place.

The Belize Barrier Reef consists of seven segments that’s home to over 1,400 sea animal species. It’s the second-biggest reef in the world, only smaller than the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, who’s seen their own share of destruction through coral bleaching. Similar issues have plagued this system, which also affects Belize’s population.