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Tourism stakeholders in Corozal Town attended a vulnerability, risk assessment, crisis and disaster risk management workshop at the Corozal Town Council conference room. The forum was carried out by the Ministry of Tourism through the Sustainable Tourism Project Phase two and the objective is to prepare Corozal as a climate change tourism destination. Wondering what that means? We asked the Ministry’s specialist.


Screen_Shot_2019-06-04_at_8.00.09_PMSafira Vasquez, Climate Change Environmental and Social Management Specialist, STP II


“When you look at the trend at the climate internationally you’ll see that countries like Belize we are very vulnerable as a matter of fact Belize is considered one of the as a part of the small island developing state where we tend to be very vulnerable to things such as sea level rise we are a very coastal community and a lot of our development is within the coastal areas and its not to say that resilience is a new buzz word right is an actual reality and if we are not prepared as a country or as a people then when these impacts start to become more pronounced then we will be greatly affected so climate resilience is key for us to plan ahead and for us to be able to like I say get back to business as usual following an event or so forth right so we don’t want to prepare in the next twenty years when we have seen coast lines are being inundated that is not the time when we should be preparing right, we should be preparing ahead before that happen because within the next twenty years development would have boomed before we even perceived today right so it so plan ahead.”


Safira Vasquez, Climate Change Environmental and Social Management Specialist, STP II


“Yes this is one of the first consultation, actually we had the first, we had an inception workshop where our stakeholders from all destinations were invited in Belize City earlier this month where they were briefed on what the consultation is about and dhow it can benefit their destination. Today is just the first regional consultation taking place here in Corozal and then the following week we will be touching base with the other destinations.”


The overall assessments are carried out by German company, G-Tech. It involves local experts however such as today’s presenters, specialized consultants Ramon Frutos and Major Lloyd Jones.

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