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CATIE supports Belize in the formulation of its National Agroforestry Policy
- The process to formulate this policy began in October and has the participation of government entities, academia, NGOs and local actors.
October 29, 2019. The identification of the general roadmap for the development of the National Agroforestry Policy was held in Belmopan, Belize on October 16. As well, as the fundamentals of the proposal and what should be done to implement the NAP, during the one year period that was established and also contemplating all actors involved.
This was achieved during the Kick-off Meeting with the 22 participants from the different sectors (representative of government entities, the academic, non-governmental organizations and local actors) with which the starting signal was given to the process for the formulation of said policy.
For the formulation of this policy, the country has the support of CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Teaching Center) through a technical assistance to the Belize Office of Climate Change and other key actors involved. The funds for this technical assistance are being sponsored by the Climate Technology Center and Network (CTCN-UNIDO).
Helen Choco, CATIE´s national coordinator for the formulation of this policy, commented that the initiative is very important for Belize, because by developing a National Agroforestry Policy, it will be possible to contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and will contribute in adapting and reducing the greenhouse gas emissions nationwide. With this policy, silvoagricultural and silvopastoral systems will be promoted, which will increase the well-being and income of the population of the agricultural, forestry an environmental sector.
To move forward in the process and in the near future, representatives of the Government of Belize and the Belize Climate Change Office will visit CATIE’s headquarters in Costa Rica as part of a South-South exchange program, to learn about the progress in agroforestry policies that exists in the region, specifically in the Center’s host country.
In the framework of this visit, the participants will also meet with representatives of the National Fund for Forest Financing (FONAFIFO) and the Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica. At the end of the exchange all participants are going to discuss what lessons/experiences in the region can serve as input for the policy formulation in Belize.
Subsequently, a first draft of what would be a more specifically roadmap of the policy instrument is going to be prepared, which will be shared with the highest level of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, The Environment and Sustainable Development of Belize.
As a result, local and national consultations will be held in Belize to collect the perception of the different actors on the formulation of the policy and finally, a national discussion workshop on the draft policy will be organized, relevant adjustments incorporated and the final policy’s draft promoted, instrumentalized and diffused.
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