During the IUCN World Conservation Congress, the United Nations Foundation, National Geographic Society and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) announced the launch of WildCam Belize Reef, an innovative remote-imaging tool for research and conservation.
WildCam Belize Reef will be the first long-term deployment of an open-ocean, live, streaming video system available to the public. It is also the latest addition to the National Geographic WildCam program and is the pilot project for a new series that aims to engage new audiences in the protection and preservation of World Heritage around the globe. The Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System was designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1996.
The Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System is one of 878 World Heritage sites around the world. These sites are internationally recognised for their outstanding value as natural and cultural heritage to humanity. Sites currently on the World Heritage List include Independence Hall, Stonehenge, the Galapagos Islands, the wildlife reserves of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the historic Centre of Prague, the Pyramids of Egypt and the Great Wall of China. All sites are protected by the 1972 World Heritage Convention, signed to date by 185 countries and administered by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).