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Photo:  Damage to property resulting from a storm
Photo: Damage to property resulting from a storm

The UNDP country office also works with the cooperation of international organizations, to support national organizations, e.g. the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), with crisis prevention or restoration on the ground, in times of natural disaster.  Hurricanes are known to annually affect Belize either directly or indirectly, therefore anticipating measures for crisis prevention and recovery, particularly when the productive sectors are affected, including from flooding.  A natural partner has also been the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, which is located in Belize.

Current efforts by the UNDP Belize in the area of Crisis Prevention and Recovery related to the natural environment are (a) the European Union Global Climate Change Alliance funded "Enhancing Belize’s Resilience to Adapt to the Effects of Climate Change" project, (b) "Strengthening of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response Capacity in Belize", and (c) Enabling Activities for the Preparation of Belize’s Third National Communication to the UNFCCC.

Complementing support to national legislation and policy making processes, UNDP through the Small Grants Programme Global Environment Facility mechanism is also promoting adaptation to climate change at more localized levels and through practical on-the-ground activities.