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May 5, 2022

A National Plan to Monitor Mobilizing Resources for Climate Change Agenda

Belize ranks eighth among countries that are most vulnerable to climate change, so, our efforts to be as ready as we can are important, if we are to minimize the impacts of natural disasters. This afternoon the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Climate Change & Disaster Risk Management presented the ‘National Determined Contributions Implementation Plan’ – which is going to assist with monitoring how we mobilize our resources for our climate change agenda throughout the country.  News Five’s Marion Ali was at the launching and filed this report.

 

Marion Ali, Reporting

Belize has a commitment, under the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change to come up with methods to mitigate or reduce carbon dioxide and other chemicals dangerous to our environment. Before its launching today, Chief Climate Change Officer at the National Climate Change Office, Dr. Lennox Gladden explained to us what the plan comprises.

 

Dr. Lennox Gladden

Dr. Lennox Gladden, Chief Climate Change Officer, National Climate Change Office

“We might not have some of the resources available to make good our climate change agenda under the Paris Agreement. Therefore, it highlights targeted high priorities for the country and does a match-making with development partners who can support these initiatives, both technically and financially.”

 

One of the overall goals is to reduce Belize’s emissions of carbon dioxide, methane and other hazardous chemicals. So we asked the minister responsible for the Climate Change and Disaster Risk portfolio, Orlando Habet, how we as a country will work to reduce those emissions against the backdrop of industrial development and also when S.U.V.s are the most common in our vehicle imports.

 

Orlando Habet

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

“The challenge here will be producing the renewable energy, but we have great potential. We can do bio-fuel from oil, from corn, from other grains. We can do solar (energy); we have a lot of sunlight through the year, that shouldn’t be a problem. We have hundreds of miles of rivers that run within the mountains that nobody accesses. But we could use like single turbines, where you don’t have to have a lake like the Chalillo. Let’s move from the incandescent bulbs, let’s move from the fluorescent bulbs and go to L.E.D.s and then reduce the emissions.”

 

Marion Ali for News Five.


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