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Dr. Stacy Baez

Belize - Pew Applauds Belize's Ambitious Commitment to Protect Coastal Wetlands

Plan signals growing global interest in nature-based solutions to climate change

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pew Charitable Trusts today congratulated the government of Belize for committing to protect and restore mangrove and seagrass ecosystems within its updated nationally determined contribution (NDC) to the Paris Agreement. The country's actions will help safeguard the vital ecosystem, biodiversity, and climate benefits that these habitats provide.

"Coastal ecosystems have historically been a vital part of Belize's natural and cultural heritage," said Dr. Kenrick Williams, CEO of Belize's National Climate Change Office within the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management. "By committing to the protection, conservation, restoration, and expansion of these ecosystems, we aim to demonstrate the important role that nature-based solutions can play in reducing climate risk impacts and absorbing carbon, in addition to a multiplicity of other social and economic benefits. In the long term, Belize will continue to show real leadership in valuing the contribution of these systems that so many of our people depend on for their protection and livelihood."

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