By Rubén Morales Iglesias: A United Kingdom delegation came to Belize to launch the Ocean Country Partnership Programme (OCPP) funded under the UK’s Blue Planet Fund (BPF).
Under the programme, the British delegation headed by James Smith, Deputy Director for International Marine Environment for the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (Defra) is holding a series of workshops, meetings, and seminars throughout the week to assist in sectors such as agriculture, mariculture, aquaculture, and the environment. The British High Commission said the programme will continue to hold workshops and meetings as the linkages to explore projects beneficial to Belize.
British High Commissioner Claire Evans together with the head of delegation Smith concluded the launch activities with Agriculture Minister Jose Abelardo Mai and his CEO, Servulo Baeza, on Monday.
The British delegation discussed sustainable seafood with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise (MAFSE).
Prior to meeting the Agriculture Ministry representatives, Evans and the British delegation had had two meetings.
The other members of the UK delegation were Thomas Pye and Amber Pengilley from Defra, Peter Kohler and Grant Stentiford from the Centre for Fisheries, Aquaculture, Science (Cefas), Louisa Fennelly from the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), and Maxine Monsanto from the Climate Change Policy Adviser, BHC.