Posted By: Marty
Resilience & Conservation in a Changing Climate: Belize - 03/24/21 10:50 AM
As a small state situated on the Caribbean Sea, Belize is among the most vulnerable and disaster-prone countries in the world. For residents of its long coastline, which hosts the second largest barrier reef in the world, the impacts of climate change are evident. Recognizing the urgency of this issue, the Government of Belize, supported by the World Bank, implemented the five-year Marine Conservation and Climate Adaptation Project (MCCAP), financed by the Adaptation Fund. The project had the overarching goal of strengthening climate resilience of the Belize barrier reef. It took a multifaceted approach: helping to build sustainable and alternative livelihoods for coastal communities to relieve human pressures on the reef and to help them adapt to a changing climate; increasing protections and restoration efforts to conserve coastal resources; and building public awareness about climate change and the importance of marine resources.