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Belize is considered as being one of the most vulnerable countries to the impacts of climate change. As such, the Government of Belize has taken steps to address the causes and impacts of climate change in order to promote resilience to the impacts. These efforts began with the signing and ratification of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 1992 and 1994 respectively. Later in 2003, Belize acceded to the Kyoto Protocol which came into force on the 16th February 2005 and later signed unto the Paris Agreement which came into effect on November 4, 2016.
Further, the Government of Belize facilitated the development of the National Climate Change Policy, Strategy and Action Plan (NCCPSAP) which was approved in September 2015. Belize also submitted its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) which encapsulates the country’s Climate Change plan under the Paris Agreement.
Belize’s long term development strategy, Horizon 2030, emphasizes the protection of its natural environment as critical factor in realizing its sustainable human and economic development. Within its NDCs Belize has committed to lower its emissions as well as to build resilience through adaptation. As Belize updates its Nationally Determined Contributions, raising country ambitions and elaborating a low emission development pathway, the country is seeking support in the formulation of a Low Emission Development Strategy (LEDS) and Action Plan. The long-term national strategy and short-term action plan for low carbon development accomodates the implementation of future NDCs and guides and provides guidance for a climate resilient and carbon neutral approach to development.
The United Nations Development Progrmme (UNDP) seeks to procure the services of a consulting firm or consortium to support the formalization of a Low Emission Development Strategy and Action Plan for Belize meant to assist the country in shifting its development pathway towards that of a green growth, low emission economy as it achieves its objectives for sustainable development.