Climate Change is a concern for many nations. While Belize is a minor contributor to the climate change impacts; its position on the map makes the country vulnerable to the effects. It is on this notion that Belize finds itself looking at ways to mitigate the effects and become resilient. Carlos Fuller, the Regional Liaison Officer at Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs), noted that there is a regional framework and implementation plan that they follow to bolster resilience.
5CsCarlos Fuller Regional Liaison Officer: “We recognize that because our models are showing that we are going to get less rainfall than before we need to be able to use much more irrigation and also putting in desalination plans, that kind of thing to get more water into our crops. We also then need to shift some of the kind of crops that we are planting and so we need to get more drug resistant crops in place as opposed to the traditional crops that we are using. It might not be changing totally the crop but just the cultivation part, the type of that rice or that corn that you are planting, we have would probably shift it towards one that is more drug resilient. The percentage of adaptation farming is rather small so we are right now looking at much more pilots. We drive pilots in a certain area, in a certain group of people and get then that allow them to see that this works. Changing a lifestyle is rather difficult for most people. Somebody has to show that it is possible and you get a good return and that is what we are working on in the Pilot areas in particular.”
In addition to the 5Cs mandate, the Ministry of Agriculture is working in collaboration with the Central American Integration System (SICA) to ensure that their frameworks are environmentally sustainable to alleviate the negative impact of climate change, specifically to the farming community. Incidentally, finance ministers from the fifty-three-member countries of the Commonwealth are meeting later this month in Bali, Indonesia, to discuss financing solutions to help counter the risk of natural disasters in their countries.