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Nov 4, 2021

Minister Habet at Commonwealth Climate Finance Hub

The Minister of Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management arrived in Glasgow on Wednesday and hit the ground running. Today News Five’s Duane Moody found him at a high level side event, hosted by the Commonwealth Secretariat.  The Commonwealth Climate Finance Access Hub seeks to strengthen the climate finance loop for effective NDC implementation. Here’s an excerpt from Minister Habet’s presentation.

 

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

“We are also one of the most vulnerable nations in the region. Belize is ranked number three in the region as a vulnerable state. Very important for us, because we also are being affected by the effects of climate change on a constant basis. In 2019 we saw a long extended drought period causing damage to our agriculture sector. We speak in some of these meetings about the problems we recently faced with hurricanes Eta and Iota in 2020, one behind the next, but we forget that just a few years before we had five consecutive hurricanes that affected us and we lost over five hundred million dollars. The problem is that when we want to seek the assistance after these sudden impact events, some of the international community that want to assist us because it is an emergency, we have to declare a state of emergency for it to activate and trigger some of these monies that come down. And because of that we are hurried to do it and many times what we do is look at the agriculture sector and then we look at the infrastructure that has been damaged because of these events. We forget, but we feel three or five years later, all the social impacts that these events have because they become slow onset events that are as a consequence of these short impact events. So these are some of the problems that we face and they are really expensive and hard to recover from and by the time you are recovering, the following year is here and then you have other events coming along with hurricanes and drought.”


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