The Government of Belize has been gifted with a new weather station to assist in the country’s effort in becoming resilient to climate change. The evapo-transpiration station, which is an automated weather tracking station, was donated through a partnership with the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs), and the European Union (EU). The station is one of three that has been purchased for Belize under the EU’s regional project that will assist sixteen countries in their efforts to tackle climate change. Dr. Colin Young, Executive Director of the 5C’s says the initiative will greatly benefit Belize and the region as a whole in monitoring climate change and predicting natural disasters.
Minister of Sustainable Development, Climate Change, and Disaster Risk Management Orlando Habet noted that the weather station will add to the National Meteorological Service’s arsenal of weather tracking systems. Additionally, Habet, says the equipment will aid in protecting Belize’s agricultural sector by predicting shifts in weather patterns and climate conditions.
The three components of the weather station are located in, Cayo, Toledo, and Orange Walk. Yesterday’s handing over ceremony was held at Central Farm in
the Cayo District.