By BBN Staff: Yesterday various Government officials met in Placencia for the Green Climate Fund conference. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change established the fund to assist countries like Belize to adapt and mitigate practices in light of climate change.
Ambassador Yvonne Hyde, National Designated Authority for Belize commented: “On behalf of the government and people of Belize it is my pleasure to extend a warm welcome to all the participants who are here to take part in this regional structured dialogue.” She further stated, “For those who came from afar, Belize is blessed with a natural beauty of lush forests, vibrant coral reefs and rich estuaries and I hope that you enjoy the natural beauty of our country and the warmth of our people during your stay here.”
“I also offer my appreciation for all of those who work tirelessly to make this event a success. Ladies and gentlemen the twenty- eight small islands and low lying coastal developing states of the Caribbean boast a rich a diverse heritage that is closely linking to the natural resources spanning the beautiful Caribbean island of Jamaica to the lush forest of Belize, Suriname and Guyana. That heritage is under threat from causes that are far beyond our control and increasingly threatening to our capacity to cope. Like the fellow minister from Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadine, our people are facing the daunting reality of eroding shore line, increasing water tables, changing rainfall patterns and bleached coral reefs. Yet in spite of these circumstances and our threatened resources, as leaders we have been hard pressed to assure every person under our watch, the basic needs of sustainable livelihoods and we have by our own means endeavored to do so, ” she said.According to Hyde, adaptation has been all but a way of life in the Caribbean; similarly low carbon growth has been pursued regionally, long before it was evident that this was the only way to address climate disruption. At the regional level our heads of state and government had the foresight to create a regional center for climate change which is now proudly hosted as the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center, she said. Ambassador Hyde commended those persons in the region who actively work to mitigate the effects of climate change.