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Jul 1, 2022

Climate Change Showcase Launches Climate Change Policy Documents

The National Climate Change Office hosted Belize’s first Climate Change Catalogue Showcase in Belmopan on Thursday. The event brought to the fore key climate change policy documents such as the country’s Updated National Climate Change Policy, Strategy and Master Plan, among others. The launch of these climate change policies, in collaboration with the Ministry of Sustainable Development’s bilateral and organizational partners, sets the stage for private sector investments towards realizing the objectives outlined in these documents, says C.E.O. Kenrick Williams.

 

Dr. Kenrick Williams

Kenrick Williams, CEO, Ministry of Sustainable Development

“What we are doing is a showcase on the various climate change policy document, a sort of landscape for climate change resilience in Belize. What we have done over the last year or so is build out the policy framework. So, for instance have the Low Emission Development Strategy which is a thirty year framework for managing climate change. This outlines sort of the long term vision for building climate change resilience in Belize. Thereafter, we have the National Climate Change Policy, Strategy, and Master Plan. We have the national determined contributions, which is what are the key priorities and sectors for addressing the climate change issues in Belize as well as the key investments we are going to need as a country. We report this to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. We also launched today the National Climate Change Gender Action Plan. Of course, this is important to look at important sectors that need to be prioritized for investments in climate change. There is also a National Climate Finance Strategy. So we could outline all of these important strategies, actions, but if we don’t look at how we are going to get the investments, what are the priority actions, how do we build that collaboration with private sector to get those investments then we all just have these beautiful documents we can’t use. So, we looked at the broader policy framework. As well, how do we build out the country’s MRV System, monitoring, reporting, and verification systems that helps us to track the progress towards this long-term and medium term pathway for climate change or addressing climate change resilience in Belize.”

 


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