Government of Belize Case Study
Case Study: Government of Belize - Moving Towards a Low Carbon Development Path
Despite its low contribution to global GHG emissions, the Government of Belize (GoB) has proactively increased its resources allocated to the design, strengthening and implementation of sustainable development policies and strategies across its various sectors. In recent years, the GoB has relied on South Pole to undertake highlevel supporting activities that enable Belize to move towards a Low Carbon Development (LCD) path.
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The GoB has always kept a strong focus on sustainable development and decoupling its economic growth from the rise in its emissions levels. In April of 2016, the GoB submitted its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), as part of its contribution to achieving the ultimate international goal on climate change, with the aim of keeping global temperature rise well below 2°C.
The GoB is also part of the "Pilot Country" initiative of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). This initiative provides capacity development assistance to Belize to better integrate approaches to national planning that are in harmony with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
From 2014 to date, the GoB has chosen South Pole as a strategic partner for the development of three different mandates, all working towards creating a Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) for the GoB.
The decision to work with South Pole has been based on the recurrent demonstration of strong technical and managerial capabilities, a sound record of providing high quality services related to the development of climate change mitigation projects and, most importantly the company's knowledge of relevant global climate change mechanisms and agreements.
During these first three mandates, South Pole was requested to perform a broad range of activities. Starting in 2014, the first activity was to identify priority mitigation projects and their linkage to the global carbon market, so the ones with the highest potential could be selected and bundled into Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs).
Later, the overall objective in 2015 was to design and implement a capacity building programme and to create a roadmap for the development and implementation
of a LCDS. Finally, in 2016, the goal was to update the LCD roadmap and align it to Belize's most recent public policy document, the Growth and Sustainable Development Strategy (GSDS).
The mandates were carried out successfully thanks to the participation and continuous interest from the public and private sectors, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), academia, and the donor community. The outcomes resulting from these first three mandates are not isolated efforts but meaningful parts of an ambitious nationwide plan to guide action for many years to come.
The design of the mandates required not only an in-depth understanding of Belize's climate change background and plans for the future, but also a strong familiarity with the specific needs of its institutions.
The outcomes of these mandates brought to light areas of opportunity to decouple economic growth from carbon emissions. They also provided a sound list of projects with the potential of delivering tangible sustainable development benefits. Together, these outcomes have strengthened Belize's Low Carbon Development (LCD) path while helping the country reach its sustainable development goals and contribute to a brighter and cleaner future for all.
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