In Belize, priority economic sectors, such as agriculture, tourism, fisheries, coastal development, forestry etc., are facing climate-related challenges which pose significant obstacles to sustainable economic and social development.
Belize's INDC focuses on mitigation contribution framed on an action-based approach that is dependent on cost effective technology, capacity building and adequate financial support, addressing the sectors with significant contributions to Belize’s greenhouse gas emissions. Belize intends to provide information on adaptation at a later stage.
This reports the potential effects of climate change on the agricultural sector in Belize. In particular, it addresses the impacts on all agricultural production, as well as on the sub-sectors of crops and livestock. Some of the key crops for this country’s economy (maize, beans, sugar cane and oranges) are examined in particular.
This report describes the climate change impacts already detected in Belize, such as warmer daytime and night time temperatures and decreasing trends in rainfall. It highlights that adverse impacts of climate change on the health, agriculture and tourism sectors have also been observed. The report argues that these negative impacts and their consequences are indicative of increasing vulnerabilities to climate variability and change.
Belize's second national communication to the conference of parties (COP) under the UNFCCC is meant to serve as a snapshot of the nation's status quo as it relates to the effects of climate change on the various aspects of its socio-economic make-up as well as its responses to these impacts. The core elements of this national communication are information on emissions and removals of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and details of the activities a Party has undertaken to implement the Convention.
This VCA was carried out in the village of Duck Run 1 in September 2009 through a series of community meetings with the residents, village council and volunteers of The Belize River Valley Branch of the Belize Red Cross. It is recognized that the environment of the village is continually evolving and changing. The information held in these pages is relevant to September 2009 with some additions in May 2010.
This document focuses on the fisheries and aquaculture industries as important contributors to the continued economic growth of Belize. It explains the vulnerabilities inherent and external to these industries, inclusive of climate change and means by which these they can be strengthened through adaptation.
This national communication examines the vulnerability and adaptation of the sugarcane and citrus industries in the face of climate change. It first introduces the phenomenon of climate change and follows up with the vulnerability and adaptation study of the sugar and citrus industries. The study underlines the strengths and weaknesses of each industry while also exploring the government of Belize's capacity to adapt to climate change with respect to these industry.
Despite being blessed with a high water availability per capita ratio Belize faces the challenge of formulating and implementing a national water management policy that will be mindful of the effects of climate change on the this vital resource.