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Nov 15, 2018

W.W.F. Tackles Adverse Effects of Climate Change

A three-day information gathering session continued today in Belize City. Climate change stakeholders, led by the World Wildlife Fund, are participating in a regional project which aims to mainstream climate related principles into marine protected area management and coast development policies. According to W.W.F. Climate Risk Management Lead, Ryan Bartlett, the project focuses on countries bordering the Mesoamerican reef with a view to improve the adaptive capacities of coastal communities in the region.

 

Ryan Bartlett

Ryan Bartlett, Lead Climate Risk Management, W.W.F.

“The workshop is the first time for us to actually get on the ground here and have a workshop with our partners that are working on each of the four countries: Guatemala, Honduras, Belize and Mexico, to collect their local information. Some of them have started talking to local community members that live in and around the protected areas where they work or talk to them about how climate change is affecting them and how is that affecting ecosystem and wildlife. So we are here to collect that information and really incorporate it into our science that we are generating in partnership with Colombia University in New York and Stanford University in California. The whole process is to collect all this information to ultimately inform local planning, to bring that climate risk information into marine planning, coastal planning to each of those four countries as well, to help people adapt to and build resilience to the changes we are seeing because of climate change.”

 

The information gathering session concludes on Friday.

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