Belize: Social resilience in an age of climate change, disasters

Source(s): St Kitts-Nevis Observer, the

By Senior Editor, St Kitts & Nevis Observer

Punta Gorda, Belize– Eleven communities in Southern Belize now have data on how climate change and disasters could impact their livelihood after a week-long workshop organised by the Community Disaster Risk Reduction Fund (CDDRF).


“We recognise our vulnerability to natural… hazard events and the impacts of climate change. We also know that we can be proactive and take actions to build the resilience of our people and the ecosystems of Belize to the potential impacts,” said Sharon Young, Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development at the start of the workshop held earlier in October.


The weeklong workshop saw participants heading out into the communities of Bella Vista, Bladen, Corazon, Santa Ana and San Benito Poite to collect baseline information and do reporting on climate change and disaster impacts on livelihoods for two days.


“Our vulnerability to natural disasters and the impacts of climate change clearly undermines our development, damage critical infrastructure and wreak havoc on the agriculture and tourism sectors and our communities,” said Young, while reminding participants that Tropical Storm Arthur in May 2008 caused extensive damage to critical infrastructure and the agriculture sector. Hurricane Earl also caused damages amounting to US$50 million in 2016.

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