The site had been added on to the In Danger list for almost a decade ago due to the threat of irreversible damage from coastal construction and oil exploration.
Seismic testing for oil was permitted just 10km from the site.
Public outcry from Belizeans followed. Local efforts were supported by a collation that included WWF, Oceana, and the Belize Tourism Industry Association.
Over the last 18 months, Belize’s government has put in place protections to secure the Belize Barrier Reef from immediate threats.
Great news! Belize is officially OFF👏 the @UNESCO danger list.— WWF (@WWF) June 26, 2018
Take a look at the milestones that we’ve achieved in Belize! None of this would have been possible without your support and commitment to #SaveOurHeritage pic.twitter.com/RNxH19j3GT
A landmark moratorium on oil exploration was adopted in December 2017, making Belize one of only three countries in the world with such legislation
Additionally, in June this year, the government put into place critical regulations to protect the country's mangroves and committed to legislate the current voluntary moratorium on selling the public lands within the World Heritage site.
Marco Lambertini, Director General of WWF-International, said “We have seen an incredible turnaround from when the reef was being threatened by seismic testing for oil just eighteen months ago. Belizeans stood up to protect their reef, with hundreds of thousands more globally joining the campaign to save our shared heritage. In taking swift collaborative action, Belize has shown that it is possible to reverse nature loss and create a sustainable future.”