Three New Trucks for Climate Change Campaign Print E-mail
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Thursday, 21 February 2013 00:00

UNDPOn Friday, February 15th, Hon. Lisel Alamilla accepted three new Isuzu DMAX pickup trucks on behalf of the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development as part of the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) project “Enhancing Belize’s Resilience to Adapt to the Effects of Climate Change”.

According to the UNDP, the trucks are expected to be used by project units to create greater public awareness on the effects of climate change and enable restoration activities in sensitive and flood-prone forest systems providing for the effective management and recovery of damaged forest stands. It is expected that they will be able to ensure the mainstreaming of climate change considerations into national development planning and guarantee training of national and community responders and the establishment of a monitoring strategy for long term impacts on biodiversity and water resources.

The project’s overall goal is for the development of a strategic framework in response to the challenges that climate change poses for sustainable and economic development and to support activities leading to watershed protection, resilience to water quality degradation, and water conservation. The donation, which has a total value of US$84,000, is part of two activities that the UNDP is collaborating with the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development to implement the “Enhancement of National Capacities to Plan for and to Coordinate a National Response to the threats of Climate Change” and the “Applied Forest Management: Building Capacities for the Restoration of Watersheds Impacted by Natural Disasters”. Funding for the activities is being provided by the European Union Global Climate Change Alliance (EU GCCA) at a total cost of €865,000 or BZ$2.2 million.