The National Climate Change Office in collaboration with the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center has embarked on a national consultation geared towards the creation of a policy, strategy and action plan to address climate change in Belize.
These are expected to assist the government to address adverse impacts of climate change on the national economic and sustainable development of the country. The consultation for the northern region was held today in Orange Walk Town at the District Education Center.
Ann Gordon, who is the National Coordinator for Climate change in the National Climate Change Office under the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, expanded on the consultation.
Ann Gordon – National Coordinator for Climate Change
“Climate change is cross sectorial so it will include this policy will include agriculture as you know climate affects agriculture, it affects food production and so it will have implications on food security, it will also affect health when it comes to water borne diseases as well as vector borne disease, the climate does affects those areas and so we expect that the health sector will also be impacted, we also expect that water; the quality and the quantity of water will be affected, the biodiversity in terms of biodiversity changes so we expect that most of our economic sectors will be affected, we expect forestry, maybe the long dry season will bring more forest fires, we also could expect probably more intense hurricanes an warmer temperatures so all those factor would impact our economic sectors and so what we are doing is to develop a policy to give us some policy guidance on how we manage climate change.”
Attending the consultation today were members of government departments, none governmental organizations, the tourism sector and even the Mennonite community.
The consultations will continue on Wednesday in the Southern Region. On Friday, it will be held in Belize City where interested persons from Cayo, Belmopan and the Belize District can attend.
The consultations are expected to be completed in August and the hope is to soon after, present the final document for input before it is presented to Cabinet for approval.
The National Climate Change Office in Belize will be helping to facilitate the implementation of the policy once approved.
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