Empowering Belize’s coastal future: mobilizing readiness for coastal resilience
The Government of Belize acknowledges the need to access international climate finance to increase the resilience of the coastal zone. The economy of Belize remains a highly open, natural resource and services-based, export economy and it is primarily driven by tourism and agriculture. Two projects have now been approved by the GCF board with a value of USD 529 million and 21 Readiness grants with a value of USD 8 million. Since 2016, Belize has been growing its capacity step by step and access to climate finance with readiness support most notably focusing on capacity building for better coordination across government departments and with fisheries groups and producers’ organizations. In addition, it also benefited from the readiness support in enhancing the national adaptation planning and country programming.
At a glance
Number of Readiness Grants+
Belize has received the readiness support in 21 grants since 2016.-
Amount of Readiness financing+
Cumulative funding amount of GCF Readiness Support to Belize since 2016.-
Stakeholder consultations for Vulnerability and livelihood assessment+
A total of 70 attendees were females and 48 were males.-
“Enhancing adaptation planning and increasing climate resilience in the coastal zone and fisheries sector of Belize, builds on our national blue economy efforts. It sets the stage to further strengthen institutional governance to better respond to the ever-present challenges of climate change”.
Ms. Kennedy Carrillo
CEO Ministry of Blue Economy and Civil Aviation, Project Lead Focal Point
Readiness as a catalyst for climate change adaptation
Successful first steps to adaptation planning
First proposal for NDA strengthening & country programming development
Enhancing capacities for direct access to climate finance
GCF readiness pushing limits
Fair gender representation from the readiness
A gender action plan for Belize was prepared by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). This document guides the AE to ensure all gender-related activities including better representation and participation by women in producer organisations. As a result, the direct beneficiaries were 6,000 rural households and an estimated 30,000 people of which 12,000 (40%) were women. The stakeholders benefited from the climate vulnerability assessment and mitigation plans.
NAP Support for water resource management
The national adaptation planning for integrated water resources management in Belize (BLZ-RS-007) supported the capacitation and empowerment of the National Hydrological Service (NHS) of Belize to manage water resources in a changing climate. This helped in the development of a climate-responsive national adaptation plan and the monitoring evaluation and learning framework for the water resources management developed. A concept note was also developed for Belize's adaptation priorities addressing the current water insecurity and increasing water scarcity due to drying and sea level rise effects caused by climate change.
Multi-sectoral national adaptation plans to support wider stakeholders
Belize received GCF readiness support to enabling activities for the formulation and implementation of a multi-sectoral national adaptation plan to meet its international requirements and national targets of the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC). The formulation of a national adaptation plan guided the future development of the major sectors under changing climatic conditions in Belize. These sectors concern numerous stakeholders, including (i) land use, human settlement and infrastructure (243,759 population living with 25 km of coastline), (ii) tourism (20,020 population), (iii) human health (6,244 population), (iv) agriculture (25,906 population), (v) forestry (10,201 population). The cross-linkages between these sectors greatly enhanced building resilience to climate change and supporting vulnerable populations.
Only with the RPSP
Promotes government and private sector engagement in climate change impact awareness in the coastal zone.
Inclusive gender strategy
Engages women to participate in governance, coordination, and climate change adaptation planning to ensure equal representation.
Better knowledge management
Easily available climate data and information knowledge management in the coastal zone sectors