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Oct 8, 2021

Phase 1 of the REDD+ Belize Project Comes to a Close

Our Forest, Our Future – it’s the basis of the work of REDD+ in Belize. REDD+ aims to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation while fostering conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancing of forest carbon stocks.  It was established under the National Climate Change Office, with support from the World Bank.  Data currently shows that fifty-nine percent of Belize is forest with over one hundred and four protected reserves. C.E.O. Doctor Kenrick Williams of the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management opened a REDD+ session today saying that Belize has been a global leader in conservation. 

 

Kenrick Williams

Dr. Kenrick Williams, C.E.O., Ministry of Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management

“Today we learn about a project that can really be impacting to the long-term sustainable development of Belize. And when we talk about impact, we talk about impact in the most true sense – social, economic, environmental as well as institutional. The work to get REDD+ in Belize was an idea birthed by the Forest Department which culminated in a signing of a grant agreement with the World Bank. The idea here was to ensure that our country fully benefits from our work and our sacrifice in conservation because we were doing this thing long before it was hot, long before it was the thing to do, long before it was this global discussion. We have been making sacrifices as a country. We as a country have been a global leader in conservation. As a leader, we want to be part of the discussion; we must be part of the discussion. The sacrifices that we make, we must get benefits because our people sacrificed. There are opportunity costs to not extracting our offshore oil reserves for instance, not looking at some destructive practices. There’s an opportunity cost borne by our people and so as a people we must be out there, we must be having a discussion to look at those benefits.”


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