Speaker Presentations

25th Annual Meeting, 2nd December 2022, University of Oxford and online






24th Annual Meeting, Friday 3rd December 2021, University of Oxford and online


Introduction by Dr Neil Stuart, President of the UKBA

Update on the present economic and political situation in Belize Her Excellency Therese Rath, Belize High Commissioner to the UK

Summary of the negotiations by Belize’s Mission to the COP 26 climate summit in Glasgow. His Excellency Carlos Fuller, Lead Negotiator for the Belize delegation to COP26

Proposed extension of the Laguna Grande reserve to the Guatemala-Belize border – Dr Simon Zisman, RSP International

Belize’s newest protected area – the Belize Maya Forest – Dr Elma Kay, Managing Director, Belize Maya Forest Trust

15:00 The decay of Maya architecture at Lamanai and other sites – Francesca Glanville Wallis and Dr Elizabeth Graham, Dept of Archaeology, University College London

23rd Annual Meeting, Friday 30th October 2020 (Online)

(1) Keynote lecture, by Mike Jay “Colonel Despard, the first Superintendent of British Honduras” from his biography of Despard, consulted by the BBC in the latest TV series of Poldark

Video Clip Mike Jay Keynote on Colonel Despard

(2) Panel Discussion: “The Economy of Belize: present challenges and ways forward”. with expert panelists including Victor Bulmer-Thomas (Emeritus Professor of Economics, London University), Will Grant, (the BBC’s central American Correspondent), Ydahlia Metzgen (Belize Bank) and Valerie Woods (former Director of Belize Tourism Board).  Chaired by Dr David Howard, Oxford University.

Video Clip Panel Discussion on the Economy of Belize

(3) A celebration of the life of Professor Peter Furley, founder of our Association, who sadly died on 31 January this year. Led by our President Dr Neil Stuart, with your spoken contributions invited on the day.  Please contribute your written memories, photos etc, in advance of the meeting by using this link.

Video Clip Remembering Peter Furley

22nd Annual Meeting, Saturday 5th October 2019, Centre for Sustainable Forests & Landscapes Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation

Welcome by Dr Jaboury Ghazoul, Director, Centre for Sustainable Forests & Landscapes

Belize – an overview of the present economic and political situation – Mrs Amaris Leal, First Secretary to the Belize High Commission

Trade for Sustainable Development – Belize’s new National Trade Policy – Berisford Codd, Trade Economist, Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce, Government of Belize

Developing community businesses in Belize as a strategy to tackle poverty and protect biodiversity – Duncan Macqueen, Forest Team Leader, International Institute for Environment & Development, Edinburgh

Belize’s National Herbarium– further development of an important national resource —Dr Zoë Goodwin, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Denver Cayetano, Environmental Research Institute, University of Belize (and University of Gottingen)

Bioquality hotspots in the flora of Belize – Dr Gail Stott, Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh

Outcomes of the Darwin Savanna Fire management project in Southern Belize 2015-18 – Drs Neil Stuart, Cathy Smith and Duncan Moss, University of Edinburgh

Do we need more Technology and less Taxonomy in Conservation? – Christopher Minty MBE, MAYA 2020 project

The Chiquibul Forest Reserve – Live update from Belize’s frontline of forest conservation–Rafael Manzanero, Head Ranger, Friends for Conservation and Development. Belize

The potential of the Forests 2020 programme to Belize – Sarah Middlemiss, ECOMETRICA

Film: The Woodcutters of Belize
A short documentary film about the Belizean foresters who migrated to the UK during and after the Second World War to support UK Forestry Operation

21st Annual Meeting, Saturday 6th October 2018, Institute of the Americas in London

The Belize Settlement – Colonial Expansion of Territory or a Foothold to Threaten Spain’s Colonial Markets in Central America? – David Gomez, University College London
The Caste Wars and their effects on Belize – Barbara Bulmer-Thomas, London
Belize and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh: Reflecting on 16 years of collaborative research —Zoë Goodwin, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
The Trees of Belize project. – Steven Brewer – independent researcher affiliated with Wild Earth Allies and the University of Belize Environmental Research Institute
Outcomes of the Darwin Savanna Fire project 2015-18 – Neil Stuart and Cathy Smith, University of Edinburgh
Empowering communities for environmental stewardship in Toledo District through the TIDE Community Researcher Program.– James Lord, Former Development Director, Toledo Institute for Development & Environment
A Rangers’ perspective of Conservation in the Chiquibul –Marco Diaz, Friends for Conservation and DevelopmentReflections on the personal impact of Wick High School’s Expedition to Belize in 2013 – by former students Josey Donachie, Ryan Gow and John Coghill