Scott Tinker, Luis Barreda, and Doug Ratcliff traveled to Central America April 25–May 1, 2001, to meet with government and university officials in Costa Rica and Belize.

Costa Rican Vice Minister of the Environment and Energy, Ivan Vincenti Rojas, met with the three to discuss the Bureau’s assistance in establishing a national geodata system. Other meetings were held with Fernando Gutierrez, Vice Minister of Science and Technology; representatives of INBio (National Institute of Biodiversity); and administrative representatives of the Earth School.

The trio then journeyed to Belize to meet with the Honorable Said Musa, Prime Minister of Belize. The Bureau has completed two projects in Belize to date and is in the final stages of negotiating a third project, all three of which concern land use and deforestation. Meetings were also held with the Minister of Environment, John Briceno, and Vice President of the University of Belize, Dr. Leopold L. Perriott. The Bureau is working on future long-term plans to assist both the University and the Ministry.