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The Government of Belize through the Ministry of Blue Economy and Civil Aviation (MBECA) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Representative for Jamaica, The Bahamas and Belize, and Belize's National Designated Authority to the Green Climate Fund (GCF), has organized four Climate Change Vulnerability and Livelihood consultations for the coastal zone and fisheries sector of Belize.

The consultations are a deliverable of the GCF readiness project entitled, Enhancing adaptation planning and increasing climate resilience in the coastal zone and fisheries sector of Belize, and will take place in Belize City on August 15 and 16, 2022, in Dangriga Town on August 19, 2022, and in San Pedro Town on August 22, 2022.

The goals are to assess the vulnerability of a suite of stakeholders for identified habitats and ecosystem services to climate change, with the intention of subsequently developing adaptation strategies for these resources and addressing key management questions of stakeholders; and to further develop a common understanding of a range of possible future conditions for Belize City, Dangriga and San Pedro towns and what those conditions could mean for habitats and ecosystem services.

The objectives include:

1. Gather data that will be vital to developing the climate rationale for fisheries and coastal zone projects for the GCF and overall climate change projects.

2. Provide participants with baseline knowledge and understanding of climate trends (current, historic, projected future).

3. Assess vulnerabilities of habitats and ecosystem services to climate change with regards to sensitivity, exposure, and adaptive capacity.

4. Review and select associated climate drivers important for habitats and/or ecosystem services and develop alternative future scenarios.

5. Discuss how alternative future scenarios could impact habitats and/or services.

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Climate Change Consultations for Coastal Communities Launched in Belize City

The first of four Climate Change Vulnerability and Livelihood consultations for the coastal zone and fisheries sector was held this morning in Belize City. The goal of these consultations is to assess the vulnerabilities of three coastal communities, Belize City, Dangriga, and San Pedro. Subsequent to these consultations being held, the Ministry of Blue Economy intends to develop strategies these communities can adapt in their fight against climate change issues, such as erosion. We spoke with Doctor Osmond Martinez, the National Designated Authority for Global Climate Fund, as well as Kennedy Carillo, the C.E.O. in the Ministry of Blue Economy, at this morning's event.

Osmond Martinez, National Designated Authority, G.C.F.

"The objective of the project, right now we are currently at the consultation stage on how to move into adaptation with all the impacts of climate change within the coastal areas. We understand how important the blue economy, which is our sea, is for Belize. So, we want to keep it that way. So, what we want to do is make some improvements, see what policies, what systems, mechanisms need to be put in place, in order to improve adaptation within the blue economy The total cost for the consultation is one point two million Belizean dollars. These are funds that are coming from G.C.F., so not a dollar coming from the Government of Belize."

Kennedy Carillo, C.E.O., Ministry of the Blue Economy

"We know that the country has had to urgently respond to climate change. There is the Climate Change Unit of the Ministry of Sustainable Development that has really taken the late in terms of policy development and so forth. And, for us at the Ministry of Blue Economy, it is very important. It is something that impacts marine conservation. It is something that impacts the fisheries sector. So, we through our newly endorsed National Blue Economy Policy and Strategy, as well as our Maritime Economy Plan, we are moving forward to ensure that there is that resilience, when it comes to� fishing sector and of course the fishing communities as well."

G.C.F. is providing one point two million dollars to conduct consultations.

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Vulnerability and Livelihood Consultations (San Pedro Town)

The Government of Belize is undertaking a Green Climate Fund (GCF) readiness project entitled " Enhancing adaptation planning and increasing climate resilience in the coastal zone and fisheries sector of Belize" the Vulnerability and Livelihood assessment for Belize City, Dangriga Town, and San Pedro Town is a component under this project. The main goal is to gather information and data in the ecological, socio economic, cultural vulnerabilities, and the influences the effect of climate change has on Livelihoods.

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