Every year government representatives and environmentalists meet to discuss actions to offset the effects of climate change. It’s referred to as the Conference of Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Love News asked Dr. Percival Cho, CEO Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development, and Climate Change what would be the region’s collective response for this year.
Reporter: “Climate change conference is happening in December and up until the 24th. What does Belize hope to get out of the conference next year?”
Dr. Percival Cho CEO Ministry of Environment: “Well this Climate Change Conference of the parties that is happening in December of this year in Poland is well all the cops are very strategic.It allows countries to pitch forward their view, their ambition, their requirements and their request to the international community. Generally we do that not as individual countries but. as blocks in negotiating groups. Belize is aligned more along the lines with the SIDS( The small Island Developing States) and the main request, the main demand that SIDS are making is that we need to be more ambitious in reducing our commitment to cap emissions so that we maintain a global rise in temperature off only 1.5 degrees maximum. There is some general discussion that we could allow two degrees but at the level of SIDS we are saying that we cannot afford a two degree increase in global temperatures because we are mostly low lying states. We are prone to inundation, we are proved to hurricanes and at 2 degrees the signs have shown that the Caribbean SIDS atleast and SIDS elsewhere are going to take a very hard and difficult road ahead if we go to to 2 degrees as opposed to 1.5. We are making some progress in respect to our national determined contributions. One of them of course is improve Solid waste management which you see behind us with the development of these transfer stations. We have made other commitments in respect of red plus( reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation). We are currently implementing a three year red plus project to put in the necessary framework meaning institutional training meaning some legislation to allow Belize to partake in International Red Plus so we are moving ahead with some of those commitments already.”
COP24 will take place from the 3rd to the 14th of December 2018, in Katowice, Poland.