Reducing forest fire risks in Northern and Southern Belize — Communities take charge

Source(s): Caribbean News Service


"We recognized that the fire risk that the farmers are facing has been exacerbated by climate change with impacts such as longer droughts and increasing temperatures," explained Project Manager of the Community Disaster Risk Reduction Fund, Claudia James. "So we have been working with Humana People to People in Belize to build the capacity of the Farmer's Clubs and to encourage the implementation of climate smart agricultural practices."

A key part of this assistance has been a training module in Fire Safety and Prevention that was included in all nine of the Farmers Clubs established under the Humana People to People Project in Belize as well as all 11 target communities under the project. Bella Vista with its population of roughly 6000 people, was seen as a priority community for the training.


The training covered topics including precautionary measures, specific actions to take in the event of a fire, agricultural practices that include fires and when not to engage in them as well as how to control fires to prevent them spreading.


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