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Nov 3, 2022

Disaster Risk Management CEO: Vulnerable Countries Must Demand Aid from Greenhouse Gas Producing Countries

The hot topic among developing countries is the entire issue of climate change and the green gas emissions that bigger countries contribute to the ozone layer. At last year’s Climate Change conference in Scotland, the concern among small countries that do not create much pollution is that we become the most vulnerable by the effects of climate change within this region.


Dr. Kenrick Williams, C.E.O., Ministry of Disaster Risk Management

Dr. Kenrick Williams

“If you compare the economic implications of Hurricane Lisa on Belize compared to a storm on Miami, they’re significantly different because the US can position monies, investments in responding to those storms, countries like ours struggle and suffer. We were on very good economic trend over the last few months and this is going to significantly impact our country. We’re going to have to spend resources to try to respond to this storm – not just the financial implications. There are social implications on our people. There’s a setback that this will cause our people. And again, this is the result of the changing climate that is not the culpability of our country, or one of two countries, but on the global economy. So countries like Belize have to go out there and defend and say listen, we are being impacted and the impact that we receive is not on scale to the other countries, so we have to ensure that in times like this we have the resources to be able to respond to support our people. We have to be prepared to put in the type of green and gray infrastructure – mangrove restoration. We have to be able to put in some of the levies and the barriers that we need in order to protect and reduce the impacts that these storms cause on our countries. We have to be able to put in the flood mitigation systems, the road infrastructure that is resilient against these types of storms. In the global discussion we have to be at the table.”

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