Belize says it is among the lowest emitters of greenhouse gases

Belize says it is among the lowest emitters of greenhouse gases.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Natural resources Gaspar Vega told the 16th Conference of the Parties Climate Change meeting in Cancun that with a population of just over 300-thousand, and a small industrial base, Belize accounts for much less than 0.01 percent of the overall global emissions.

VEGA: Yet, our country finds itself in a unique position drawing more than 50 percent of its energy fro renewable resources. We are eager to partner with other countries, given our experience and in this regard, stand ready to host the headquarters of the renewable energy facility for all small island developing States (SIDS/DOCK) that the Global Environment Facility will support. As you are aware, our region prides itself in having the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere of which 80% is entrusted to the people of Belize. However, without significant efforts to curtail ocean acidification and increased sea surface temperature, we stand to lose this globally important World Heritage site.

NARR: Minister Gaspar Vega noted that it was with great pride that is government could say that almost 70 percent of its territory is under natural forest cover.

VEGA: Through the implementation of the mechanisms under REDD plus, and with rapid, predictable and sustained inflow of funds, we will be able to maintain the sustainable management of our forests which will serve as an important carbon sink and provide ecological services for our people and the entire global community. Time is not on our side. We must imbue this process with the necessary political will and determination that would ensure the achievement of a comprehensive legally binding agreement to stem the tide of global warming and sea level rise. We join the overwhelming call from the State parties to limit the increase in global temperature below 1.5 degrees Celsius. The global response to climate change must be comprehensive and all-inclusive with adequate rules that will ensure the environmental integrity of the climate change regime. All parties to the process must undertake appropriate commitments, having regard to the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities.

NARR: Minister Gaspar Vega said it was time to conclude the negotiations on the process issues to enable a timely, balanced, sustained flow of funds for adaptation.

This is Donn Bobb reporting.

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