The Peninsula Citizens for Sustainable Development (PCSD)
was formed in 2006 by concerned residents from all communities on
the Placencia Peninsula in southern Belize - Maya Beach, Seine Bight
and Placencia. Their concern was the rapid, unplanned, poorly
executed and unsustainable tourism development of the Peninsula.
As PCSD has matured, it has expanded its agenda to include not
only unsustainable tourism development, but also pollution from
agriculture and aquaculture, mangrove deforestation, coral reef
preservation, climate change, water quality and quantity,
over-dredging and dredging in fragile environments, destruction of
wetlands and garbage and sewage management.
PCSD is also very concerned about the
continued vitality and preservation of local cultures, cultural
identities and cultural practices.
We also want to ensure the continued ownership and
governance of the Peninsula by local businesses and
PCSD's goals include:
- Providing information
about proposed developments to Peninsula residents to ensure
that all such developments are environmentally, culturally and
economically sustainable for the fragile eco-systems of the
Peninsula and its communities and cultures;
- Providing general environmental information
to local residents, including information about the role of
government in the environment, such as when environmental impact
assessments are required and what an environmental compliance
plan is and why it is important;
- Working with government and other local
environmental organizations such as SEA (Southern Environmental
Association) to enforce national environmental laws;
- Preservation of the Placencia Lagoon
and mangrove restoration
- Ascertaining the quantity of potable water
available to the Peninsula.
- Supporting local efforts to bring
sustainable sewage treatment and garbage disposal systems to the
PCSD is a registered Belize
not-for-profit corporation. The PCSD mailing address is PCSD,
General Delivery, Placencia, Belize, and our email address is
firstname.lastname@example.org. You can reach us at the phone number in
Belize of 011-501-610-4718.