Shores in Peril | Coastal erosion in Belize

Monkey River, a coastal community in southern Belize, is grappling with the severe impacts of an escalating climate crisis. This community has witnessed the disappearance of its once thriving beach — a vibrant tapestry of biodiversity and a vital pillar of its ecotourism industry — due to relentless sea level rise and erosion. This scene is just a glimpse of the country’s ongoing battle with climate change, as homes have succumbed to the encroaching sea, and even the cemetery, a revered resting place for generations, is now underwater. But the determined and innovative community of Monkey River continues to face these challenges head-on.

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