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Feb 11, 2019

4-Day Sea Level Rise Training Opens in Belize City

A four-day national training in coastal zone and sea level rise opened today in Belize City. The workshop aims to improve Belize’s technical capacity and preparedness in climate change. The sessions are being facilitated by a technical expert from Cuba and are being implemented through a project of the National Climate Change Office. Twenty technical officers will learn how to use statistical data, measurements and modeling methods to assess the impacts of sea level variations and sea level rise on coastal ecosystems. We stopped in at the opening of the forum today to find out more.

 

Ahnivar Peralta

Ahnivar Peralta, Caribbean Community Climate Change Center

“What we are trying to accomplish here is to build the capacity of technical officers in the area of coastal zone, sea-level rise and other related processes. What we want to do is to ensure that Belizeans from the different fields of work related to coastal zone, for example, fisheries, coastal zone management, hydrology, forestry, get a sense of understanding of the different variables that affect our coastal zone and basically capture those variables and do some modeling to calculate the impacts of sea level rise, flooding, storm surges in our coastal communities It is only in that way we can build Belize’s resilience towards  climate change because now we can find solutions and adaptation measures to better help our people in the communities.”

 

The training was organized in collaboration the U.N.D.P., the Cuban Third National Communication Project, the Meteorological Institute of Cuba, the Cuban Institute of Marine Sciences and the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre.

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