AARON HUMES Reporting: This morning at the Belize Biltmore Plaza, representatives of six sectors – agriculture, tourism, water, coastal development, health and fisheries prepared to discuss the areas where each sector is most vulnerable to climate change and the strategies in place to fight back.
Recent weather extremes are worrying, and from back in September of 2013, University of Montreal professor and climate change expert Dr. Bhawan Singh was reporting that temperatures and weather patterns would change and shift over the coming years.
At the opening ceremony, Minister in charge of Fisheries, Forestry and Sustainable Development, Senator Lisel Alamilla, spoke of the importance of the assessment he completed and how the findings can be implemented on the ground.
She said that she particularly expects project developers to make use of the material.
The Integrated Vulnerability and Adapation Assessment was funded by the European Union Global Climate Change Alliance (EU GCCA) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), with assistance from the United Nations Development Programme.
Dr. Singh will lead the writing of the final report, a version of which will be presented to the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change
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