The Government of Belize in partnership with UNDP Launches the Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Project in Belize

May 11, 2016

The Government of Belize and the UNDP Belize Country Office hosted a local launch of the Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP) funded by the Government of Japan.  The partnership worth US$ 15 million was conceived as part of the pledge by the Government of Japan to contribute 1.6 trillion Yen, approximately 16 billion US Dollars, to developing countries supporting measures against climate change. The Japan- Caribbean partnership provides support to eight (8) countries of the Caribbean (Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, & Suriname). The local launch follows a regional launch held in Barbados in January of this Year.

 

Climate change is recognised as one of the most serious challenges compounding vulnerabilities inherent to the region. Situated within the tropics between 15 and 19 degrees north latitude and 87 and 90 degrees west longitude on the south-eastern corner of the Yucatan Peninsula, Belize is predispose to the negative impacts of climate change attributable to recurring and intensified climatic events. Observed climatic trends in Belize are considered alarming as over the past 40 years, data has shown a warming of between 1.6 to 1.8 Degrees Fahrenheit of the temperature along the country’s coast and interior. This suggests that the temperature in Belize is rising faster than the global average of 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit. The negative impacts associated with climate change on land, water resources and biodiversity is expected to impact the wellbeing of the Belizean people and the economic growth of the country.

 

The Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP) brings together policy makers, experts and representatives of affected communities to encourage policy innovation for climate technology incubation and diffusion. The project favours an integrated approach and is informed by accurate scenario predictions and vulnerability assessments, developed for the country of Belize. This approach has gained prominence in international negotiations, and decisions have included the integration of adaptation actions into sectoral and national planning.

 

The initiative aims to ensure that barriers to the implementation of climate-resilient technologies are addressed and overcome in a participatory and efficient manner. Policy instruments such as Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) and National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) provide tailored frameworks to expand access to clean energy and to prioritize adaptation measures.  As a result, concrete mitigation and adaptation actions will be implemented on the ground, in line with the country’s long-term sustainable development strategy. The partnership also promotes South-South and North-South cooperation facilitating transfer of knowledge and technologies.

Contact information

In Belize:

Safira Vasquez (Project Manager, National Climate Change Office) | promg.cc@environment.gov.bz  | 501- 828- 5964

Diane Wade-Moore (Programme Analyst, UNDP Belize) | diane.wade@undp.org  | 501-822-2688/0467

 

In Barbados:

Penny Bowen, penny.bowen@undp.org or 1 (246) 467-6007