Training on Climate Change Adaptation and Green Recovery and Reconstruction Held

23 Aug 2013

“Enhancing Belize’s Resilience to Adapt to the Effects of Climate Change” Project announces Training on Climate Change Adaptation and Green Recovery and Reconstruction

The Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development (MFFSD) has been designated as the government agency responsible for the coordination and implementation of climate change policies in Belize. The National Climate Change Office within this Ministry is established to coordinate, inform on, and initiate national climate change initiatives.

The Government of Belize is the recipient of a grant from the European Union Global Climate Change Alliance (EU GCCA), intended to enhance Belize's resilience to adapt to the effects of climate change. Project objectives are to develop a resilient water sector through the promotion of interventions consistent with national priorities and direction as well as to enhance Government of Belize institutional capacities for effective climate change governance.

Under Component 3 of the project: “Enhancing Belize’s Resilience to Adapt to the Effects of Climate Change”, one hundred (100) public officers and civil society representatives have the opportunity for training in the area of Climate Change. The Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development and the World Wildlife Fund U.S. will set out to improve skills and knowledge on Climate Change, Climate Change Adaptation and Green Recovery and Reconstruction.

On this basis, the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development is hosting three sensitization workshops on Climate Change at the George Price Center in Belmopan, each starting at 8:30 AM. The sessions are targeting: 1. Middle Managers in the Public Sector, Civil Society and the Private Sector (August 26-27, 2013), 2. Key staff from the various entities of the MFFSD (August 28-29, 2013), and 3. The Belize National Climate Change Committee (August 30, 2013).

The objectives of the workshops are to: • Promote understanding of how a changing climate affects development goals now and in the future. • Inform on the concepts of climate variability, vulnerability, impacts, and adaptation. • Create understanding the importance of integrating people, species, and ecosystems into our work. • Inform on and discuss the concepts of mainstreaming adaptation, adaptive policies and institutions, and enabling conditions for adaptation. • Ensure that participants become familiar with vulnerability assessment in climate adaptation work at appropriate scales and timeframes. • Understand the unique challenges to communicating adaptation to various audiences. • Equip participants with practical, solution-oriented techniques for integrating environmental sustainability into disaster recovery and reconstruction.

The Project is being implemented by the United Nations Development Programme in partnership with the Government of Belize and funding of the EU GCCA. The national coordinating entity is the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development.

Contact Information

Government of Belize, National Climate Change Office, passt.cc@ffsd.gov.bz, 822-0401, 822-0810 OR UNDP Environmental Programme Analyst, Diane Wade.