Janet Gibson

Belizean biologist

Janet Gibson is a biologist and zoologist from Belize.

Gibson was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 1990.[1] The prize is for a person who organizes an environmental effort in their region. Gibson won the prize because of her efforts on conservation of the marine ecosystems along the Belizean coast. Between 1985 and 1987, she worked to establish the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Her efforts were successful and the official sanctuary was established in 1987.[2] It was the first marine reserve in Central America.[1]

Because of her work, along with others, the Belize Barrier Reef was given UNESCO World Heritage status in 1996.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Janet Gibson". Goldman Environmental Foundation. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  2. Auxillou, Ray. "Hol Chan Marine Reserve". San Pedro Town, Belize: Ambergris Caye. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  3. "Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System". UNESCO. Retrieved 14 September 2017.