Climate Change experts are in Belize to discuss how we can utilize our natural resources to mitigate the impacts of climate change. Climate Change is a growing issue impacting all countries around the globe. Just a few months ago Belize was impacted by an extreme drought resulting in a great loss of income in the agriculture sector. When we spoke with Tristan Tyrrel, program officer for SwedBio, the planting of trees would help with the drought situation as it alters rainfall in an area. This is just one of the ways that natural resources can help mitigate Climate Change. According to Alrick Trotz – Deputy Executive Director, CCCCC, it is important for us to protect our ecosystems as a preventative measure to climate change.
Alrick Trote, Deputy Director, CCCC: “What our meeting is about to see how at the country level and the regional level we can better coordinate our activities under these two conventions so as to avoid duplication, though sometimes duplication is useful but to the extent that resources are limited we’re trying to bring our actions together. So say for Belize when you consider your coral reef, when you consider your mangroves, when you consider your forests you see to what extent you could arrange the implementation of actions to satisfy the needs of both conventions and so as a result save on resources and particularly for us in the Caribbean resources are an issue not only financial resources but capacity- the people with the knowledge and the capacity to help us implement these actions.”
Trotz noted that there are many techniques that are used to restore degraded areas in the ecosystems.
Alrick Trote, Deputy Director, CCCC: “There are lots of techniques available apart from making your mangroves and putting it in a protected area, there are techniques now to rehabilitate degraded areas where they’ve destroyed mangroves to put them back in place. There are activities, there is technology for instance when you loose your shoreline, your beaches as a result of erosion from storms or destruction of these ecosystems there is technology available for your to replace that. With the coral reefs we in the Caribbean have taken the lead with something called coral restoration and that’s what we do is to look for corals that seem to be more resilient to the prevailing conditions and to propagate them in coral gardens and then transplanting them back into degraded reefs. We’ve seen a lot of success around the region and in fact one of the leading groups with this work is based here in Belize in Placencia under Lisa Kern in the Fragments of Hope.”
The seminar is being held at the Belize Biltmore Plaza and is a four-day event which will conclude on Thursday November 7. These seminars are being hosted by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and SwedBio at the Stockholm Resilience Centre.