National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Global Network Secretariat and Government of Belize Sign MOU to Increase Climate Change Adaptation Efforts

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Posted: Friday, May 3, 2024. 10:22 AM CST.

Press release

The National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Global Network Secretariat, hosted by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), provides long-term technical assistance through its National NAP Support Program. Through this program, the Network is assisting the Government of Belize in the transition from planning to implementation of the country’s NAP for the Coastal Zone and Fisheries Sector. This program is implemented under an agreement signed by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany, through the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and IISD. Belize is one of the countries approved by the BMZ for NAP Global Network support.

“NAP Global Network is pleased to support the Government of Belize in advancing its NAP processes. This cooperation agreement will strengthen the governance structure and resilience of the coastal zone and the fisheries sector, in particular in addressing the medium and long-term impacts of climate change and adapting to climate change,” said Orville Gray, Head of the Secretariat of the NAP Global Network.

This MoU aims to expand cooperation between the parties to support the Ministry of Blue Economy and Disaster Risk Management in strengthening the coastal zone and fisheries sector through capacity building, vulnerability and livelihood assessment, and communication, thereby enhancing the coastal zone and fishing communities are enabled to advance the NAP. implementation.

Under this MoU, the Parties will carry out cooperative activities related to climate change adaptation, including:

  1. a) Educate and raise awareness among national, subnational stakeholders and coastal communities on the impacts of climate change, ongoing national adaptation planning efforts and potential opportunities for climate change resilience in Belize.
  2. b) Harnessing reliable local and scientific knowledge to conserve and sustainably use coastal and marine ecological resources, ensuring the continued livelihood and economic well-being of those who depend on these resources.
  3. c) Developing national decision support systems to facilitate and support the implementation of the NAP for the coastal zone and the fisheries sector.

As a result, the Government of Belize, represented by the Ministry of Blue Economy and Disaster Risk Management and the Ministry of Finance, Economic Development and Investment, welcomes this partnership with NAP Global Network.

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