Central America

Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System

The coastal area of Belize is an outstanding natural system consisting of the largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere, offshore atolls, several hundred sand cays, mangrove forests, coastal lagoons and estuaries. The system’s seven sites illustrate the evolutionary history of reef development and are a significant habitat for threatened species.

Sierra de Álamos – Río Cuchujaqui Biosphere Reserve (Mexico)

The protected area of the Sierra de Álamos – Río Cuchujaqui Biosphere Reserve, located in the Mexican State of Sonora, falls within the geographical provinces of the Western Sierra Madre and the Northwest Coastal Plain, consisting of an elevational gradient of vegetation, from the tropical deciduous forest to the Sierra Madre evergreen forest.