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Belize Participates in LiDAR Survey

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) announced the commencement of its Airborne Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) surveys in ten Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs) of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). These countries included Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Suriname, St Lucia, St Kitts/Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turks and Caicos. According to the 5 C’s, the LiDAR surveys mark the culmination of years of foresight, effort and dedication to provide affordable geo-spatial, high resolution topographic and bathymetric data that allow decision-makers to plan their climate resilient development programmes and projects using an evidence-based approach. The acquisition of the first Caribbean-centric state-of-the-art LiDAR system was made possible through financing from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the recently concluded Climate Change Adaptation Programme. The CDB provided critical financial support to the CCCCC to undertake pilot bathymetric and topographic LiDAR surveys in its BMCs in an effort to demonstrate the utility of LiDAR data in climate resilient development. The Government of Italy, through the Ministry of Ecological Transition, provided grant support to the CCCCC to undertake necessary baselining to inform LiDAR survey planning. The Caribbean LiDAR programme aims to establish a critical high-quality geo-spatial dataset for enabling sustainable development resilient to climate change and sea-level rise; to support the conduct of demonstration type bathymetric and topographic surveys in the borrowing countries; and to strengthen the capacity within the Centre to provide data management services. This phase of the LiDAR programme commenced in Barbados at the end of March.