The initiative evolved from the mandate of the MNRE which is “to improve the quality of life for all Belizeans by effectively managing and conserving the natural and environmental resources in order to improve the sustainable development of Belize.” The unprecedented growth of GIS use in Belize brought about many advantages as well as disadvantages;
In view of the exponential GIS development in Belize and with the effort to guide its proper development to maximize its use, the Land and Surveys Department submitted a proposal to the Pan-American Institute of Geography and History (PAIGH) to develop Belize National Spatial Data Infrastructure (BNSDI);In 2008, the PAIGH approved a grant to Belize to start the development of the BNSDI
TBSL is an established Belizean IT solutions company that provides high quality and cost‐effective business solutions to the corporate market with a management team of 20 years of GIS and business solutions experience combined.
We offer business solutions in an array of fields, including GIS, GPS, remote sensing, hospitality, and accounting.
As part of the Esri and Trimble Distributorship, TBSL is a member of a strong network of companies providing cutting edge GIS and GPS solutions in over 160 countries. We enjoy immediate access to some of the world's leading experts in field of GIS, GPS, and information management technologies, and have a vast wealth of resource pertaining to these fields available for our use.
Belize is justifiably proud of its natural heritage. Although a small country by geography and population, Belize is home to the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere – a centerpiece of a marine area rich in species and ecosystems, and a strong attraction for tourists from around the world. At the same time, Belize’s land based ecosystems support an unrivaled richness of scenery and wildlife and an exciting destination area for Belizeans and visitors. Belize’s archaeological treasures are generously sprinkled around the country, and include some world-class sites with international importance both for their beauty, but also the information they contain about our human past.
Recognizing the importance of its national heritage, Belize began establishing its protected areas system in the 1960s. The legislative base prior to the establishment of the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) included the Forest Act, the National Parks System Act, the Fisheries Act, the Ancient Monuments and Antiquities Ordinance, the National Lands Act, and the Land Utilization Act. This effort has been supported by an active Non-Government organizational network and by communities around the country. The generous designation of protected areas has now made Belize one of the most environmentally advanced countries in the world, with extensive areas of the national territory now designated as protected areas. These areas range from strict “no take” areas to multiple use areas with conservation objectives.
In commemoration of activities for the GIS Week 2010 that was scheduled this year from December 13th – 17th, the LIC staff hosted an Open Day on Monday December 13th. The main purpose of the Open Day was to provide an opportunity for customers, the general public and other stakeholders to visit the LIC on this day to learn more about the services and products offered.
Preparations for the Open Day involved cleaning, painting and organizing the LIC’s office; preparing and sending out email invitations and flyers to promote the Open Day; preparing printed maps to be framed; and securing a budget for the event.
There were more than 50 visitors to the LIC during its Open Day. The participants included NGOs and quasi-governmental agencies (Coastal Zone Management Authority, and Belize Audubon Society), Galen University, University of Belize students, Belmopan Services, and other private “land consultants”, Forest Department, the Department of the Environment, the Solid Waste Management Authority, other sections within Lands Department (Physical Planning, Mapping, National Estate, Human Resources, and Accounts), and other members of the public.
The event was successful and it is anticipated that this will be an annual event each year in mid-November during the GIS Week activities.