By Aaron Humes: A final validation consultation has been held to present key findings of the climate vulnerability and livelihoods assessment conducted for the communities of Belize City, Dangriga and San Pedro.
Participants from these coastal communities spoke about issues under a project called “Enhancing adaptation planning and increasing climate resilience in the coastal zone and fisheries sector of Belize.” The Ministry of the Blue Economy and Civil Aviation collaborated with the local representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Belize’s National Designated Authority to the Green Climate Fund (GCF).
Stakeholders contributed to the development of adaptation strategies for key habitats and ecosystem services and their management, including gathering of data to develop the climate rationale for fisheries and coastal zone projects for the GCF and overall climate change projects; baseline knowledge and understanding of climate trends (current, historic, projected future); vulnerabilities of habitats and ecosystem services to climate change with regards to sensitivity, exposure, and adaptive capacity; climate drivers important for habitats and/or ecosystem services and alternative future scenarios; and how alternative future scenarios could impact habitats and/or services.
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