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Nov 4, 2021

Minister of Blue Economy Presents at COP26

Simultaneously, over at the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change pavilion, a discussion on NDC development, implementation and how these efforts can speak to other potential nature-based solutions was held. It featured a ministerial panel of countries who have included coastal wetland – mangrove, sea grass and salt marsh – protections in their updated national determined contributions. Minister of Blue Economy Andre Perez sat on that panel. Here’s a clip from his statement.

 

Andre Perez, Minister of Blue Economy

“Belize is continuously confronted with extremes of the climate crisis. Its communities and national economy are threatened by the now prevalent super storms and the impacts of events such as sea-level rise, saltwater intrusion, erratic variability in weather patterns and warming waters. These threaten our valuable assets such as our coral reef, which is the longest barrier reef in the western hemisphere. In addition, they reduce the potential for fish production and other economic sector products such as tourism. Sustained droughts and extreme temperatures also negatively impact our crops and livestock. While a relatively minor contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, the Government of Belize has outlined goals to mitigate the impacts of our energy, agriculture, waste and industrial processes and other sectors. We are very proud of our updated nationally determined contributions which outline targets and efforts to steward, conserve and restore our natural resources – notably our forest, wetlands and marine ecosystems. Our Belizean people recognize that tackling climate change and addressing our biodiversity crisis must happen in tandem if we are to be successful to achieve the sustainable development goals. Our blue carbon mangroves and sea grass ecosystems play important roles as nature-based solutions to climate change with mitigation, adaptation and resilience co-benefits.”


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