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Belize is a party to several regional and international treaties and conventions that have water resources management obligations. The country is also working with neighbouring countries with the purpose of improving the management of shared river basins.

In 1998, Belize and Mexico signed a bilateral agreement for the hydro-meteorological monitoring of the Hondo transboundary river basin. This agreement was for the establishment of hydro-climatological monitoring sites on both sides of the boundary.

In 2003, Belize and Mexico signed an agreement through the International Commission of Boundaries and Water between Mexico and Belize for the diagnostic study for the sustainable management of the Mexico-Belize Hondo transboundary river basin. In 2007, the National Water Commission of Mexico (CONAGUA) and members of the defunct National Pro-Tempore Water Commission (NPTWC) presented the Diagnostic Study of the Hondo river basin that identifies problems areas and threats in this river basin and enhances cooperative ventures in addressing these threats (BAS, 2008).

In 2008, a bi-national Workshop on National Water Laws took place between Belize and Mexico that recognized the fundamental, universal principles upon which the integrated water resources management (IWRM) is based: social equity, legal certainty, efficiency, and sustainability (BAS, 2008).


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