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Adopt an Atoll
TURNEFFE ATOLL, BELIZE --- Adopt an Atoll
Turneffe Atoll is the most biologically diverse coral atoll in the Western Hemisphere. Your support will assist in the protection of this important habitat and the wildlife that depend on its health including manatees, seabirds, dolphins, sea turtles, corals, and tropical fish.
Help protect Turneffe Atoll and its wildlife... Join our Adopt-an-Atoll program.
Adopt a piece of this exquisite atoll:
Scroll down the page, and place your order.
Otherwise, you can download our pdf form and mail it to us.
- Knowing you support the natural treasures of Turneffe Atoll.
- Learning about the wildlife and ecology of the Atoll.
- Opportunities to become involved in research and conservation projects.
- You are invited to attend annual meetings.
YOUR MONEY WILL HELP -
- Preserve the habitat
- Protect the wildlife
- Support site specific research
- Enhance preservation of traditional forms of ecologically sustainable resource use
- Develop new sustainable economies and provide training
- Promote environmental education
- Monitor ecosystem health
- Implement a Biosphere Reserve Initiative
To preserve, protect and restore the biological diversity of Turneffe Atoll while taking into account the interests of traditional users that utilize the atoll in an ecologically sustainable manner.
The Oceanic Society has the opportunity to help preserve and protect the biological diversity of Turneffe Atoll. Our approach is to support the interests of traditional users that utilize the atoll in an ecologically sustainable manner.
Turneffe Atoll is the most biologically diverse coral atoll in the Western Caribbean. With more than 200 mangrove islands stretching over thirty miles, Turneffe is the largest atoll in Belize. The atoll's surrounding fringing reef is still pristine and its complex channels, spits and lagoons serve as a productive nursery for marine life. Endangered and threatened species utilizing the atoll include the endangered Antillean Manatee, Hawksbill Sea Turtle, Nassau Grouper, Roseate Tern, Crowned Pigeon, American Crocodile, the white-spotted Toadfish, which is endemic to Belize. Other types of tropical marine life inhabit Turneffe including dolphins, manta rays, sea turtles, and a wide variety of reef fish. Birdlife is profuse including ospreys, frigate birds, and numerous species of terrestrial and shore birds.
The traditional users have existed in harmony with Turneffe Atoll, utilizing the natural resources in a sustainable manner. However, commercial development pressures are now intensifying. Unsustainable development with its associated environmental impacts such as dredging, soil erosion, boating and sedimentation can have a devastating impact on the Turneffe's ecosystem and wildlife. Overfishing, especially of spawning aggregations of reef fish, has also recently become a problem.
The Oceanic Society in collaboration with the Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute, local organizations and the Belize Fishermen's Cooperative is working to designate Turneffe Atoll as an international Biosphere Reserve. This will help to protect the biological diversity of Turneffe Atoll while protecting the rights of traditional users and ensuring only sustainable use of the atoll.
The traditional users have been excellent stewards of their environment, however rapid development pressures require an integrated effort. With your help, Turneffe Atoll's biological integrity can be preserved.
You can be part owner and receive an honorary Deed to Blackbird Caye, Turneffe Atoll.
Please join us in supporting and protecting Turneffe Atoll. Donations to Adopt-an-Atoll will be applied 100% in support of this initiative. You may select your level of support as follows:
- $50 - 1/2 Acre
- $100 - 1 Acre
- $200 - 2 Acres
- $500 - 5 Acres
ATOLL ADOPTION FORM
Please fill out:
- Your adoption choice
- Whether this is a gift or not
- Gift Recipient (leave blank if this is not a gift)
- Provide name and address below ONLY IF item is to be sent to the gift recipient
When you proceed to Checkout, you will fill in the information about you as the purchaser