Climate Change Assessment Project Aims to Bolster Belize City’s Resilience

Climate Change Assessment Project Aims to Bolster Belize City’s Resilience

A large-scale climate change assessment project is underway in Belize City this week. The Climate and Ocean Risk Vulnerability Initiative (CORVI) assessment started on October 2 and will conclude on October 5. The project aims to bolster the City’s ability to withstand the effects of climate change such as flooding and hurricanes. The project will be used to develop critical data about the City’s vulnerabilities to the effects of climate change, so that policymakers, businesses, municipal authorities, civil society, and even private citizens can make informed decisions. Teams conducting the assessment are meeting with key stakeholders and over sixty local experts from fields such as academia, government ministries, and business sectors like agriculture or transportation as part of the project. The teams will also analyze over one hundred indicators of climate-related risk and vulnerability. The assessment is being done through the Ministry of Finance, Economic Development, and Investment, in collaboration with the Washington, D.C.-based research institution Stimson Center, the Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund, and the Taiwan Ocean Affairs Council. CEO of the Ministry of Economic Development, Finance, and Investment, Osmond Martinez explained that roughly forty-five percent of Belize’s population is located along the low-lying coastline, lending to our high risk and vulnerability to Climate Change Impacts. Her Excellency Ambassador Lily L. W. Hsu, Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Belize also weighed in on the project, saying that she hopes that Belize will serve as an exemplary reference for other vulnerable communities around the world.

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