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Belize advancing climate change policies in the region

By Alexis R. Milan, Staff Reporter

Belize, under its role as pro-tem president of the Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD), has made major strides in climate change, the environment and sustainable development over the last six months.

Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, and Protem President of CCAD for the last six months, Lisel Alamilla highlighted her main achievements at a CCAD ministerial meeting at the Central American Integration System (SICA) meeting in Placencia last week.

“We brought together the climate change negotiators of Central America to forge a SICA Climate Change identity. This is a historic achievement for the SICA region and it led all the SICA coordination sessions at the recent global climate change conference, COP20, in Lima, Peru,” Alamilla said.

Alamilla added that as pro-tem president of CCAD, Belize had provided leadership to a series of processes and strategic actions which would enhance CCAD’s capacity to take its place again as one of the most active entities of SICA.

During Belize’s presidency Belize strengthened CCAD by reforming its bylaws to ensure decision making is simplified and taken at the highest level.

The Environmental Regional Strategy Framework was also approved by CCAD’s Council of Ministers which will tackle six key issues over the next five years, mainly climate change and risk management; seas, forests and biodiversity; integrated management of water resources; environmental quality; trade and environment; financial mechanism.

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