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Oct 8, 2021

The Launch of a Draft REDD+ Strategy Plan

Orlando Habet

But the closure of the first phase means the beginning of the country’s strategic plan to becoming a climate change resilient nation. And the result of the years of work has helped with the establishment of Belize’s new nationally determined contributions. There is still more to be done as the country transitions into the implementation stage. By the end of this year, the strategic plan along with the benefits sharing mechanism and a land tenure assessment will be complete.

 

Orlando Habet, Minister of Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management

“Ensuring that our forests are kept standing is one of the key measures that have been identified for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Despite these benefits, forests all over the world are disappearing at alarming rates, mainly for agriculture, forest logging operations and urban development. In Belize, for example, data indicate that the main threats to our forests include agriculture expansion, housing, fire, pests and tourism development. Additionally, climate change is expecting to alter the frequency and intensity of forest disturbances such as insect outbreaks, invasive species, wildfires and storms. Given the current fiscal situation in Belize, I see REDD+ as being key to providing sustained environmental and socio-economic benefits. These benefits include the provision on non-timber forest product, genetic resources, recreational and hydrological benefits, erosion prevention, pollination services and climate regulation which can value from U.S. six hundred and twenty-six to U.S. three thousand one hundred and twenty-two thousand dollars per year per hectare of forest. Additionally, the mechanism will facilitate the growth of sectors that are less dependent on forestry for inputs.”


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