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Canadian universities team up with educational institutions in Belize to develop climate change adaptation programs

Posted: Thursday, December 19, 2019. 2:29 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Universities in Canada will be working with the University of Belize and the Institute of Technical Vocational Education and Training (ITVET) campuses in Stann Creek and Toledo to develop programs that teach students how to adapt to environmental threats such as climate change and create new programs in forestry.

Vancouver Island University (VIU) is leading the charge, in collaboration with Parkland College in Saskatchewan and the Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) of Memorial University of Newfoundland, for a project which will last some three and a half years. The aim of the project is to create tailor-made programs in agro-forestry and fisheries that fit the Belizean reality, as well as related preparatory programs to assist student entry to higher levels of education.

VIU is leading an $825,000 Institutional Partnership under the Skills to Access the Green Economy (SAGE) program, implemented by Colleges and Institutes Canada (funded by Global Affairs Canada).

VIU is no stranger to these types of cooperations, having worked in recent years on similar projects with countries such as Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, Tanzania, and Kenya. The university said in an article published on its website today that the upcoming project is
not the first time it has worked with UB, citing a “major fisheries project” back in 1999.


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