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Climate Change Risk Management Consultations Underway in Belize

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre is leading the third leg of its four country high-level consultations on the Draft Caribbean Climate Change Risk Management Project in Belize today.

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs) team, along with representatives from the UK based consulting group Acclimatise, is conducting the second set of focal point country consultations to help inform the development of a regional approach to climate change risk management. The consultation process involves three countries with comprehensive development plans — Jamaica’s Vision 2030, Barbados’ Green Economy Strategy and Suriname’s Green Vision. Belize which is also committed to climate resilience has been added for the second round of discussions (Suriname, February 11, Barbados, February 13; Belize, February 18 and; Jamaica, February 20).

Workshop participants...

Workshop participants…

The team from the Belize-based Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs) includes Keith Nichols, programme development specialist and Joe McGann, programme manager, and they will be joined by Olivia Palin and John Firth of the consulting group Acclimatise. They are slated to meet with officials from ministries with responsibility for finance, planning, the environment and disaster management and preparedness.

The consultation process is expected to result in a regional Risk Management Framework and the creation of a risk ethic in decision making through the creation of a web-based risk management tool, which is slated to be launched in April 2013. This will boost climate resilience in the region amidst increasing threats from climate change. Those threats include rising sea levels and the associated predicted loss of coastal livelihoods; warmer temperatures and the likelihood of increased incidents of diseases such as dengue and increased frequency and/or intensity of hurricanes and droughts.

The initiative is being funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) through the Climate and Development Network (CDKN).


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