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Oct 5, 2022

Blue Economy Director Says Data Can Be Used for Building Other Projects

While the project is being funded through the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization and G.O.B., there is another consultancy underway, funded by a separate project. Blue Economy Director, Maxine Monsanto tells News Five that both will serve as foundation on which policy can be built. The data collected from either project can be used as evidence to support policy decisions in other areas.

 

Maxine Monsanto, Blue Economy Director

Maxine Monsanto

“The intention of all the data that is being gathered and the information that is being gathered, especially as it relates to the impacts of climate change on coastal zone and fisheries and vulnerable groups, specifically women, indigenous communities, youth it’s to help prepare future projects and future plans. So it is very important in that they are different pieces to a puzzle that will connect together in providing guidance for national direction for building resilience, building adaptation within the fisheries sector and within coastal communities for climate change. There are all public documents once completed, but they are going to be primarily used by the government departments, but also the stakeholders will have copies. And as we move forward developing the ministry of blue economy and civil aviation, we will be having them available for use by others. So they provide information that they can use in building other projects. For example we are also looking, as you are aware of, deep slope fishing. That is being funded through the I.D.B. in partnership with Japan. Under that program, they need to do a gender assessment. Now rather than duplicate the activity, we are going to take the data that is taken from here and present that as the findings for that. Another activity we are looking at potentially in the future for the fisheries sector is value added products. The findings from this program will assist with that. The stakeholder engagement will aid the ministry in moving forward with engagement with stakeholders across the board because it is multisectoral approach for blue economy development. So everything again, as I said, is a puzzle piece so our aim is to build onto each other. So no document, no assessment that gets done sits on the table. It is all connected to another piece in the puzzle to help build the longevity and the viability of the sector and promote economic growth within Belize’s blue economy.”


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