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Green Climate fund approves $1.2 million grant for planning proposal in Belize

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Posted: Friday, June 11, 2021. 10:25 am CST.

By Zoila Palma: The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has approved a grant of $1.2 million BZ for a national planning adaptation proposal for Belize.

The GCF is a unique global platform to respond to climate change by investing in low-emission and climate-resilient development.

Since 2015, Belize has engaged with the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to improve access to international funds and to encourage investment in projects and programmes that will help the country adapt and mitigate climate change and its impacts.

The National Adaptation Planning Proposal “ Enhancing Adaptation Planning And Increasing Climate Resilience In The Coast Zone And Fisheries Sector In Belize” is valued at $1.2 million BZ and will set the stage for a more large-scale action to address climate change adaptation in the fisheries and coastal zone sectors of Belize.

“It seeks to increase the resilience of the coastal zone and fisheries sector through improved climate data and information gathering, monitoring and dissemination, assessments of impacts of climate change on select communities, mainstreaming of climate change considerations into the relevant plans and policies and strengthening of coastal and fisheries communities and organizations communication network for appropriate climate response,” the GCF noted.

 This Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations will be the delivery partner having already assisted Belize through 85 interventions over the past 15 years.

The project will be able to benefit Belize Fisheries Department, Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute; Belize Meteorological Services; Fishers and Fishing communities.

Furthermore, CEO. Dr. Osmond Martinez, the National Designated Authority, Leroy Josiah, Economist/GCF Focal Point, and Khara Roches, National coordinator had a virtual meeting with Dr. Orville Grey, GCF regional Manager and Neranda Maurice, GCF regional Advisor to discuss additional funding for other sector naps including water, tourism and health.

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