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Jul 19, 2013

E.U. donates 7 million to climate change efforts in Belize.

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre is stationed in Belize, and the 5C’s hosted a technical meeting of the Intra-African Caribbean Pacific Global Climate Change Alliance Programme. Experts from all over convened in San Igancio to discuss the plans that the countries are developing to slow the effects of climate change as well as to construct adaptation strategies for communities that are being affected by climate change. The European Union’s development fund has been used to forward the initiatives by the participating countries. At the program’s steering committee meeting, representatives of the E.U. spoke about the need for the countries to share their findings.


Cosimo Laberti Fossait, Technical Support Office, EU to Belize

Cosimo Laberti Fossait

“We have at the moment as far as I am aware, 3 different programs under the responsibility of our delegation. One is the regional one working with the 5 C’s which we are very satisfied. Again I see that tomorrow we are having a presentation on that so I won’t go into the details. The countries we work in have been selected on targeted intervention on the national level. There may be talk a on how fragile these countries are when faced with climate change. We have ongoing slightly more than 4 million Euros program in Jamaica that focuses the on watershed that is being implanted by unit. Here in Belize an ongoing program for around 3 million Euros or 7 and a half million Belize dollars depending on the exchange rate focusing on water.”



Dr. Wendel Parham

Dr. Wendel Parham, CEO, Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries

“Though Belize contribution to global warming and climate change is negligible. The country is slated as being particularly to the predictive impacts of the phenomenon. Projected climate change impacts in Belize include a seven to eight percent decrease in rainy season, a six to eight increase in dry season and twenty percent increase in the intensity of rainfall. Other expected impacts include: increased erosion and inundation of coastal areas increase in temperature, sea level rise, flooding, and an increase of intensity such as natural hazards such as hurricanes. While global temperatures have risen by 0.8 degrees in some location local temperatures have increased by 1 degree over 4 decades, thus exceeding the global average.”


Laura Giappichelli, Policy Officer, GCCA, EU

Laura Giappichelli

“I want to anticipate the discussion that will take place. I will just like to provide you with some elements of the intra A.C.P. G.C.C.A. program. We have committed about 36.2 million EURO and we have disbursed to you about half of this amount. We are also at the ending of the period of this program, most of your program will finish between 2014 and 2015. We are interested to know how you will implement the program to the end. We would like also to promote the idea of exchange of experience and expertise among regional programs and the maximum use of climate support facility as we discussed the past two days.”


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2 Responses for “E.U. donates 7 million to climate change efforts in Belize.”

  1. Rod says:

    How much unu wa bet this money wa end up in the pockets of the minister s so let it be written so let it be done.

  2. Liberty & Freedom says:

    Well how many Euro’s will find their way into the pockets of politicians. Climate change has been happening for at least 4 billion years. When a volcano like Krakatoa blew up in the late 1800′s the ash blotted out the sun around the globe for months. Crops died, cold winter, etc. Cannot blame humans for the carbon emissions. How about all the scientists who disagree with climate change. What it is all about is a tax on carbon emissions. More revenue to the UN so they can redistribute the wealth.

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