Belize Hands Over the Presidency of the Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD) to Guatemala

Belmopan. February 7, 2019. The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration, in collaboration with the Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD), had the honour of holding the Pro Tempore Presidency for the period July to December 2018. During this time, Belize achieved several accomplishments aimed at further coordinating the regional network, strengthening the regional environmental agenda, and establishing mechanisms for improved collaboration among member countries.

During Belize’s Presidency, the Ministry led the review and update of the 18-month CCAD work plan as a roadmap for institutional work, the strengthening of the agendas of technical committees and other regional technical work platforms were also promoted, and the signing of two non-reimbursable financing agreements with the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) was completed.  This was necessary to prepare the project proposal to address the Central American Dry Corridor and Arid Zones of the Dominican Republic.

Other accomplishments also included leading the work on two projects: the “Green Development Fund for the SICA region”, with support from the European Union and the German Cooperation; and the “Integrated Transboundary Ridges-to-Reef Management of the Mesoamerican Reef”, with support from Global Environment Facility. Also in recognizing the region’s struggle against the effects of climate change, the Ministry led the formulation and finalization of the Implementation Plan for the regional Climate Change Strategy 2018-2022.

The Pro-tem Presidency is rotated every six months among the member countries, and since Belize’s term ended in December, Belize handed over the Presidency to Guatemala in a symbolic ceremony on February 1st, 2019 in Guatemala City.

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Chief Environmental Officer

Department of the Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment & Sustainable Development

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