By Alexis R. Milan
The government of Belize has adopted a National Climate Resilience Investment Plan (NCRIP) to improve the country’s disaster risk management initiatives.
The project is being funded by the European Union and the World Bank as part of the Africa Caribbean and Pacific (ACP)-EU Natural Disaster Risk Reduction Program ..
The project ensures that climate change-related impacts are integrated into national investment planning across all sectors and ministries.
The project brought together several government agencies, non-governmental organizations, as well as the private sector to carry out a multi-criteria evaluation. It was this broad stakeholder engagement that enabled the integration of physical, social, environmental, and cultural factors to prioritize transportation investments.
According to the World Bank, the plan identified four priority regions where investment in the transportation sector will help reduce economic losses, ensure continued connectivity during floods, and protect vulnerable communities.
The consultations were hosted by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development. The goal was to gather key stakeholders from the private and public sectors as well as civil society and non-governmental organizations, to collect input to develop the investment plan.
The NCRIP will help facilitate the collection of geospatial data and risk assessments, essential for developing effective land use planning investments to strengthen the country’s critical roads and bridges.
It will also include a number of projects that have been identified to upgrade Belize’s drainage and transportation systems, including, a national zoning plan that can provide guidance on disaster mitigation.
The NCRIP also identifies social, environmental, economic and cultural interventions to strengthen climate resilience.