By Aaron Humes, Belmopan: The Ministry of Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management and its bilateral and organizational partners are launching a series of documents outlining Belize’s path to becoming a world “climate leader” despite not making many contributions to the world burden of greenhouse gas emissions.
Minister Orlando Habet cited plans to increase renewable energy contributions to electricity generation to 75 percent of sources; a reduction of 63 percent in emissions in the agricultural and forest industries; and the creation of new jobs in the area of climate change management and adaptation.
Belize is also recognizing, in the words of UK High Commissioner Claire Evans, that we need to take care of those unable to take care of themselves in response to disasters related to climate.
The six documents are the National Climate Change MRV (Monitoring, Reporting and Verification) System; Low Emissions Development Strategy; National Climate Change Policy, Strategy and Master Plan; Nationally Determined Contributions; Climate Finance Strategy; and Climate Change Gender Action Plan.
Belize is being supported by the United Kingdom and Canada; the United Nations Development Program (UNDP); the Initiative for Climate Action Transparency (ICAT) and others.